How many times a week do you bathe your children?

@deejean06 (1953)
United States
May 21, 2009 1:10pm CST
My son's pediatrician told us that especially during the winter months the baby's skin is very sensitive. So we shouldn't bathe him more than twice a week. However now that he's eating real food and getting it EVERYWHERE, I feel that three times a week wouldn't be that bad. However I don't want to irritate his sensitive skin. What do you do with your children? Do you bathe them every day or just a couple times a week?
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@meandmy3 (2229)
• United States
21 May 09
when my children were smaller, first year of life, they were give a bath every two to three days, now that they are five years old they get a bath every day. They spend a great deal of time outside so they need it.
@meandmy3 (2229)
• United States
21 May 09
we still put lotion on all of the children after bath time, to help their skin not to dry out
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@deejean06 (1953)
• United States
22 May 09
Hi meandmy3...We have designated bath days for our son who just turned 11 months. He doesn't spend much time outside but he does eat with every part of his body it seems. How the food gets everywhere I'll never know! So I'm thinking he really could use some extra bath time but at the same time I don't want to hurt his baby skin. Thanks for the tip though - I'll try slathering him in lotion to keep him nice and moisturized. Thanks for the response.
• Malta
21 May 09
Yes, even my doctor had told me so. Plus nature is so wonderful that keeps their skin protective. My son is older now: he is 3 but I try to give him a bath everyday. Some weeks, it happens that either we are out late and then when we come home he's too tired, so he doesn't get a bath... However a bath is soothing and calming, and giving a bath at the same time also allows him to go into a routine. I always bathed him (and still do) just before dinner. So he has a bath, he eats, spends some time with us, then goes to bed. At my son's age I think it's important to have a bath everyday since he goes to play school and he meets other kids and toys... so it's better to avoid infections.
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@deejean06 (1953)
• United States
22 May 09
Hi cbhomework...I've heard that too that baths are supposed to be soothing and calming. However it has NEVER had that effect on my son. For some reason he loves being in the bath so much so that he gets wild afterwards. We seriously try to calm him down since we would very much like to bath him and then put him to bed. But it seriously energizes him - he gets crazy! I think we'll try your suggestion of bathing first and then having dinner. Maybe that extra time will allow him to calm down and realize he is tired. Thanks for the response.
• Malta
22 May 09
Try some lavender to calm him down. Some companies use lavender baby bath foam or similar. Usually they also write on it that is soothes baby -- it might help you. Keep him in the bath long enough that he doesn't crazy out of it. Mine has a bath for 30-40 minutes. I know it's long. Now, I can do other things while he is in the bath. For example, if I need to fold the clothes or something, I do it when he is in the bath and I am in the room with him. Before,when he was younger, I just had to leave time for his bath because I needed to hold him and all that. Don't worry, it gets better.
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@vivasuzi (4125)
• United States
21 May 09
My sister was tempted to give a bath daily, especially when he was real young and had full diapers all the time. But her doctor told her the same thing. Now she has him on a bath schedule 2-3 times a week. BUT if he gets dirty outside or by food, then they might add another bath in. I don't think 3 times is bad, but maybe you could make sure they are short an quick baths (i.e. dont have the baby laying in water for 20 minutes). Maybe 2 good baths a week and 1 quicky wouldn't hurt. As for daily, think about how your own skin feels if you bath every day. It gets dry, but as adults we have lotions we can use. Also, I think babies don't really get as germy and dirty as older kids do. My nephew was hardly ever outside or even out of the living room when he was very young.
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@deejean06 (1953)
• United States
4 Jun 09
Hi viva...Thanks for the response! I don't want to dry out his skin so we do have him on a schedule of 3 times a week and a general wipe down after every time he eats or drinks. I've never seen a child use his entire body to eat. I don't know how the food gets between every single finger and on top of his head!
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@vivasuzi (4125)
• United States
4 Jun 09
Haha, that's little kids for you! Somehow you end up finding bits of food everywhere and no idea how it got there :)
• United States
22 May 09
My children get a bath everyday most of the time but there is a few times where they have missed a day. My kids have very sensitive skin but giving them baths everyday hasnt really effected it or anything.
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@deejean06 (1953)
• United States
22 May 09
Hi ProudMommy...I don't know if I'm up to giving my son a bath every day. I don't want to shock his system that much by doing it so much. One mom suggested I speak with the doctor and I think I'll go from there. But someday soon we'll be bathing every day just like mom and dad! Thanks for your response.
• India
22 May 09
My kids are big and are athlets, so they have to bath at least once per day. other wise twice a day after training sessions.
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@deejean06 (1953)
• United States
22 May 09
Hi sweetnsalty...I too would want to bathe if I were in training! Good for your children that they're athletes! Maybe my son will become one too but right now we're just concentrating on learning to walk...Thanks for the response.
@magrylouyu (1632)
• United States
22 May 09
When my girls were younger they got a bath every 3 days. Now that they are 4 and 5 it's usually every other day. They wash their hands and face several times a day so I'm not worried about them having dirty faces or hands. I still put lotion on them too. I dont always remember to put lotion on but I try to remember so their skin doesnt dry out.
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@deejean06 (1953)
• United States
22 May 09
Hi magrylouyu...We have a system of having designated bath nights but sometimes we deviate from them. I do think that it's time to start bathing a bit more and I thank you for the suggestion of putting lotion on after a bath. I don't want to hurt his sensitive skin. Thanks for the response.
@jayrene (2713)
• Philippines
21 May 09
i give my babies a bath every day... yes i know their skin is sensitive, but there are mild baby soap that are okay for their sensitive skin. we dont have winter here though... we only have two seasons, rainy and summer. i give my kids warm baths, and i bath them quick. yes, i agree with that, when they eating they are always messy... lol... and its all over... try that lactacyd baby bath
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@deejean06 (1953)
• United States
22 May 09
Hi jayrene...We don't leave the child in the bath very long either - mostly because I don't want the water to get cold and for him to get cold in the water. However I'll look for mild baby soap - thanks for the tip and thanks for the response.
• United States
21 May 09
Just because you dont bathe him everyday doesnt mean you cant wipe him down with a damp cloth! I think it is really the soap that can cause a lot of problems. I would ask your doctor if it is ok to bathe your son in just water more often than twice a week and just use soap twice per week. That way you dont have to worry about him being a mess or about his skin! Good luck!
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@deejean06 (1953)
• United States
22 May 09
Hi derlila...I do wipe him down sometimes - usually after meals - with a wet washcloth without using any soap. If we didn't we'd really have a mess on our hands! I will ask the doctor - thanks for the suggestion and thanks for the response.