Bath once a week?

Merry - posted on 06/29/2011 ( 206 moms have responded )

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As a kid I always had a bath once a week, or a shower when I was older. When I went through puberty my mom said twice a week, or every other day or so was good.
With my son I usually bathe him once a week, sometimes a bit more, every 6-7 days. I have done this since he was born. I usually bathe him in the shower with me.
Same with my new baby girl, once a week at the most because she has sensitive skin and it gets irritated easily.
I never use lotion on myself, never use it on my son, or daughter. Our skin doesn't get dry because we don't bathe every night!
My dr even said once a week baths were best for preventing eczema.

But everywhere here I see moms saying to bathe every day, some say every other, some say twice a day!I always say if you need to use lotion you are taking too many baths.

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~♥Little Miss - posted on 06/30/2011

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Yeah, and your coochie and your bum get all rank...then your stinky head on top of that. How often do you change your sheets?

Kristina - posted on 06/30/2011

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This is to Marina Gallegos. I agree and think adults should bath or shower at least once a day as they do sweat and let out allot more odours than kids do.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 06/30/2011

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I am actually shocked at how many adults on here say they don't shower often. I truthfully feel grubby and dirty if I don't shower every day. I don't have BO, but I can tell I haven't showered. I figure others must be able to tell too. It is shocking to me, truly.

Dana - posted on 06/30/2011

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My daughter has eczema and our dermatologists says once or twice a week baths. He said with infants their skin can dry out easily.

Kristina - posted on 06/30/2011

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I bath my kids the same as you and it's only if they get really dirty that they get extra baths...I don't feel the need to bath them everyday. Everyone has a different opinion but it's what you feel is best that works.

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I bathe every three days, my husband bathes every other day, my son will bathe once about once a week, and my daughter is once a week also. My daughter had ezcema and her pedi said to cut back on bathing her, and it has helped immensely.

Sarah - posted on 06/30/2011

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My son gets a bath most days. We have always done so because he has a feeding tube and it is the easiest way to keep the area around the stoma really clean.
We don't use any soap because of his sensitive skin and only wash his hair once or twice a week. We sometimes just use conditioner at the back part especially when he was younger and spending so much time sleeping because his hair would get knotted and conditioner was great for getting the knots out. I agree completely with too many baths causing dry skin but it is mostly the soap I think and the temperature of the water. Both his shampoo and conditioner are all natural or organic with no sodium lauryl sulphate (sp?) and no fragrance. Both those agents are drying to the skin.
Also, make sure the water is body temperature and in the summer it can even be coolish and be very refreshing.
Right now he is into showers. His bath starts as a bath but as the water runs, he pulls up the thingy and gets a shower. It is much easier to rinse shampoo and conditioner out when he is in control of the rinsing.
We did put lotion on him which he mostly refuses right now. Usually Aveeno fragrance free super moisturizing daily lotion or their Excema Therapy lotion.
I remember once a week hair washing when I was little and I suppose it was a once a week bath too. I still only wash my hair once a week. It is very long (2 ft) right now but even when it was shorter, the same thing. The more you wash your hair, the more oils your scalp produces.
Thanks for the posting. We don't need as many body cleaners as the big companies want us to use! : )
Sarah

Ro - posted on 06/30/2011

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I can't imagine having my children bathe once a week. They've had 2 baths a day since birth and on a real hot day 3. I think in the caribbean once or twice is what we do.

Rebekah - posted on 06/30/2011

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This is certainly a funny conversation! I LOVE to shower and for me it's every day (even twice sometimes!) I just love feeling clean and fresh! Kids bathe every day as well....I can't stand the smell of stinky kids. I live in Mexico though and it just seems to be "dirtier" here....I mean lots of dirt and dust everywhere! (I am constantly dusting off furniture and such)...anyway, that's my two cents.

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We bathe once a week in the winter time, since the weather is so dry and we barely go outside. In the summer, my husband and youngest bathe every other day, as they have oily skin and will break out if they have not bathed for longer than 2 days. My oldest and I bathe every three days, as we have overproductive sweat glands and smell terrible after a couple of days. My middle child has sensitive skin and does not stink like the oldest, so she gets bathed about once or twice a week. The only time any of us bathed two nights in a row is if we were playing outside and were sweaty and dirty. My husband and I were raised on daily baths, so my mother was appalled and disgusted by the thought of this, while my MIL actually liked the idea (as she has had to use a lot of lotion due to hard water) and has put it to use. We also do this with our hair. Nobody washes their hair more than twice a week. It helps prevent dry and damaged hair. I have had less breakage by letting my hair's natural oils hydrate it and only washing it when it creates its own pomade. LOL.

Sal - posted on 06/30/2011

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i guess i am lucky, my kids love baths and showers and i feel once a day (or twice if i;m in the mood) but if they fought and screamed and hated them i guess i might of droped back a little.....now they are a little older (and with the foul weather they are driving me mad inside and i need half an hour to tidy thier last mess up) they have bath time as play time, bubbles, maybe a drop of food colour for yellow or red water, some shaving cream on the wall to draw they even have a magnetic fishing they stay there for ages.....but for me now i;'m off for me morning shower, lovely shower gel but no soap and i will wash my hair too, we are just shower loving folk

Jessica - posted on 06/30/2011

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When my kids were babies I bathed them every other day or every third day. I was cleaning their diaper area every time I changed them and their hands and face whenever they got something on them. Babies don't really get dirty. As they got older it became an every day thing, not that they always needed it, but they always enjoyed it. There's nothing like relaxing in the tub!

Myself I shower every day, and in the summer, sometimes twice. It depends what type of skin you have, how much you sweat and how stinky you can be. Everybody's different. :)

Vanessa - posted on 06/30/2011

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You should be given a bath every other a day as a bay. When babaies are old enought to sit unassisted in the tub, of course mom is right, there evey day is normal. Kids & babies need to be de-jermed tinnk of things with jerms & how many things they come in contact with lost of dirty things. I shower once a day every day. You are saying if you need lotion then you skin is dried out, that is ridicoulous, lotion is an option not a necessary. Hir is one thing in the other hand if you have above the shoulder hair length & you are not an oily person or can hack not washing it evryday (I can't) than it is heatly to not wash everyday but for me I was eveyday & my hair is healty ex:no split ends. Every onec in a while my 9 year old son wil skip the shower but he does not sweat yet or produce under arm odor. When I am clean I FEEL MUCH BETTER & MY SKIN SHOWS IT.

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I bathed my new born daughter once a week until she was about 4 months old and then increased as I saw that she needed it. She is now two and has a bath or shower daily. When I was bathing once daily, she always had her hands, face, feet and diapered parts cleaned up every day.

Christy - posted on 06/30/2011

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I bathe every other day, unless they have sunblock or bug repellant on them. Otherwise, they STINK to high Heaven!!!!! It's almost a wet dog smell if I don't.

Melissa - posted on 06/30/2011

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Wow, i'm so glad I read these posts. I bathe my son every other day due to his sensitive skin. If I go two days I feel really guilty but I have noticed that the less I bathe him during the week, the less scratching he does (eczema). I feel so much better knowing that not everyone bathes their kids every day.

Cindy - posted on 06/30/2011

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What do you do if you have spent the day slathering sunscreen or bug repellant on the kids?

Melissa - posted on 06/30/2011

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You know I should mention my kids do have a small case of eczema on their faces in the winter and we do skip some nights when they don't have school. But my kids also have horrible allergies and they have to take baths whenever they are outside. To get the allergens off and they have to use saline to clean out their sinuses.

September - posted on 06/30/2011

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I shower every day and our son takes a bath every other day. Unless of course he needs one...get's something in his hair, sweats all day etc. I could never go a whole 6 days without showering. My hair get’s too oily if I don't wash it every day and I hate that, plus I like to feel fresh daily.

Sarah - posted on 06/30/2011

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My 6 yr old has eczema so he only showers once a week unless he gets really dirty. as for my girls 3 and 9, they shower every two days and they do it together and the older one helps the younger one wash her hair. If they get really dirty then take the hose to them to determine if they need an extra shower.....The only soap we can use is Ivory. My youngest is allergic to any scented shampoo so I get her the unscented ones or baby shampoo, otherwise she scratches her head all day.

Victoria - posted on 06/30/2011

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It's a personal preference thing. No wrong or right. But I bath both my boys every evening religiously. Their skin is baby soft too because they're moisturised from top to toe after their bath. They really enjoy bathtime and it's just part of their bedtime routine so it works for us.

Melissa - posted on 06/30/2011

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So just to add my opinion. I bath once a day sometimes twice in the summer. I have to use antibacterial bar soap cause i feel shower gel just isn't as good. and we use babywipes when we go potty. my kids take a shower or bath every day they are 4 and 5. They are outside for hours everyday playing and swimming and sweating anything dirty they love!!!! The only time they skip a bath is if they fall asleep or have been stuck inside and not really dirty. Even then i only let them miss one day. And there are days when they have 2 baths. We wash our hair every time we're in the tub!!!

Dorothea - posted on 06/30/2011

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My kids get a bath on Sat. and Tuesday's. Sat. because of church the next morning, and Tuesdays because they have gymnastics and get all nasty. Other than that, I try to bath them every other day but it's usually every third or 4th. For myself, I bath every day or two. It's personal preference.

Staci - posted on 06/30/2011

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My kids don't need lotion and they usually bathe 2-3 times a day. I guess it depends on what your kids do.

Christy - posted on 06/30/2011

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I didn't bathe my infant everyday because she didn't get dirty all swaddled up. But now she is a wild toddler who is pretty filthy at the end of the day. We skip if she is clean. Plus it is part of our bed routine.

Kathy - posted on 06/30/2011

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i give my son a bath every other day and he's 5 just guess its to you what you want to do everyone has a different preference

Jackie - posted on 06/30/2011

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Well, I think using TP is a given for everyone (at least I hope) but toilet paper doesn't 'clean' you. I don't kow, maybe it's just me but I need to feel fresh, at least down there and TP jsut doesn't tickle my fancy... tee hee

Merry - posted on 06/30/2011

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I use toilet paper after going to the bathroom, that seems to clean off any waste.

Mabel - posted on 06/30/2011

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Devin loves to have a shower or bath.He is 2 and if he wants to just play I will let him take a shower .He calls it his rain time..
,but he usually gets some kind of water time every day.

Jackie - posted on 06/30/2011

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I shower everyday with the exception here and there. I wash my hair every other day and I use soap and shampoo. I honestly though that was the norm. I had no idea that people even considered NOT using soap unless of course they had a skin irritation or some sort.

Allison bathes everyday as well and washes her hair every other. No way can I send her to bed dirty. I don't want to go to bed dirty so I'm not gonna make her do it.

But then again, maybe it is the norm here because we live in a humid climate and people get sweaty and sticky.

My question to those who do not shower daily or don't use soap... What about your "nether regions?" Do you use like wipes or a cloth to at least make sure those places are, ummm, kept up?

Gina - posted on 06/30/2011

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OK I'm the odd one out, I shower everyday,I have always bathed my daughter everyday since she was born.That's what I was told to do so I did it, as a baby she loved bath time.Now she's 13, she still washes her body everyday,in winter she'll do her hair every second day but she loves washing it everyday. I get hot easily and I hate been sweaty so I have to shower every night before bed, in summer I sometimes have more than one,I can't sleep if I haven't showered. My sister said I'm obsessed! After reading this post, maybe she's right,but I won't admit that to her! lol

Sarah - posted on 06/30/2011

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I bathe my 21 month old either every other day or every 3 days. It really just depends on if he got extremely sweaty & dirty that particular day.

I usually shower every day...at least I try to. Sometimes I'll skip a day if I'm not going anywhere that day.

Nicole - posted on 06/30/2011

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I think it depends on the kid/person and what they've been doing, we are every 2nd day for my older two as they have eczema and my youngest 2 ATM is every day but it's a ritual for him with his ASD ( he only just started sitting in the bath 2yrs 9mths) but I have a flat mate that is min 2 if not 3 times a day!!!

Sharon - posted on 06/30/2011

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you know what, now I don't feel like a bad mum!! I thought it was just me! Our eldest (20mths) has about 2-3 a week (depending on how messy & dirty he gets). Our 10wks old, 1-2 a week. We are in the middle of winter here and it's way too cold for the newborn to be having them daily, along with making his skin flake.

Sal - posted on 06/30/2011

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jodi, my lazy comment was inspired by a thread on the stay home mums page a while back, at home mums who don;t have time, that is just an excuse.....i too have been a working single mum and yep busy busy busy, nothing like a SAHM, still busy busy busy but your actaully at home, that is where i was going with that

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I bathe my daughter about once a week. At most 3 if she gets really dirty. She really likes bathtime though, so I might do a water bath more often now as the summer heats up.

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We shower/bathe every day w/ rare exception. We get dirty and stinky otherwise. You do NOT want to be around my girls if they don't shower. ;) The only time we use lotion is on my son's feet/lower legs before bed, but he has a sensitivity to grass and will scratch his feet all night if I don't (whether he's had a bath or not).

Minnie - posted on 06/29/2011

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Laura, neither one of my girls have ever used soap in the bath. Soap for washing hands at the sink, yes, but not to clean their bodies. We just don't need it; water and a wash cloth do the job just fine. Shampoo really strips the natural oils from the hair. Some people can get away with never using shampoo, just baking soda and apple cider vinegar rinse. I use the teeniest bit, and only around my hair line, no where else.

Lissa - posted on 06/29/2011

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My kids are prone to dry skin so it's unwise to bathe every day for them also we live in Scotland, getting hot and sweaty isn't exactly an issue here :)

Jodi - posted on 06/29/2011

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Well, Laura, you can let him know that you know someone else whose 12 year old wets the bed :)

And Sal, when I was a single mother working full time, I didn't have time to bath my son every day. It had nothing to do with laziness and everything to do with time. It IS actually difficult when you get home at 6pm at night and your child's bedtime is 7:30.

Sal - posted on 06/29/2011

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for me once a day is as few as i can stand, but i have lived in hot humid places and i guess it is a habbit, i like 2 a day myself but i know that is a bit excessive, since being no here i know that everyday isn;t really the norm......but its your kids, and unless people start moving seats to avoid you do what works for your family, i d have an issue with people who say they don;t have the time to bath kids everyday, if thats the only reason you don;t and you think they need more, stp being lazy and do it...

Merry - posted on 06/29/2011

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My nephew is 12 and he too still wets the bed, I'm sure he thinks he's the only one his age to do this. Yeah when my brother hit puberty he didn't want to shower every day but he stunk! My husband (then just a boyfriend) told him if he ever wants a girlfriend he needs to get in the habit of showering every day! Lol it worked

Jodi - posted on 06/29/2011

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My 6 year old only bathes about every 3 days or so. She has sensitive skin, and I use QV oil in her bath to keep her skin from drying out. My 13 year old.....well, no-one would sit next to him if he didn't shower daily. He STINKS at the moment :P My step-son (who is 12) has to shower each morning, because he still wets at night, and even though he wears a pull up, he gets a bit stenchy......

April - posted on 06/29/2011

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for the first full year of his life, i bathed my son everyday. Not because he needed a bath daily, but because he just loved it so! Unfortunately, he has eczema that kept getting worse. Now, I bathe him 2 or 3 times a week and I consider that a lot for what his skin has gone through. He just loves mud and dirt so much, he's constantly digging and jumping in puddles anbd whatnot. He's literally got noticable dirt on him, so off to the bath he goes. Otherwise, I think twice a week is enough. He HATES having his head shampooed. I do it about once every two weeks and I hate it. He fights me tooth and nail. I used to shampoo his hair every night too. He still seems like he has some cradle cap (i know it's not really cradle cap), probably from excessive shampooing and bathing! I've been trying to clear it off with a toothbrush but he fights me on that too! He is really sensitive about people touching his head. He needs a little trim of his hair and literally said, "Mommy, no scissors will come close to my head. That's dangerous!" He is only 2 1/2, it's funny to hear the way he thinks, lol.

Merry - posted on 06/29/2011

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I hate having sex right after a shower! Then I feel dirty all over again.....Lisa, Fierna has never had soapon her yet. Actually she's only had two showers since she was born! Lol is there a reason you don't use soap? What about shampoo? I always shampoo erics hair, but I haven't used soap on him in a few months since he had some eczema on his legs I just quit the soap and it went away. Never started back :)

~♥Little Miss - posted on 06/29/2011

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I like to shower daily, but I usually only get to every other day. I feel gross and stinky by the next day. I honestly don't see how people can go longer than that. I certainly won't have sex if I am not freshly clean.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 06/29/2011

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Well, on the eczema, if they have it, I can see why bathing less would help. But not everyone gets it, and not everyone is prone to it.

As for bathing, we usually bathe the kids every other day. Otherwise, hair gets greasy, and butts stink.

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