How often do you bath your children?

Philippines
January 16, 2011 7:42pm CST
I'm just kind of confused, I bath my child at least 2 times a day when she gets up in the morning and at the end of the day when she gets dirty because of playing. My mother in law just told me that it is not good for children to take a bath during night time. I don't know what's her reason for saying that. Do you think otherwise? How often do you bath your children?
3 people like this
20 responses
@toniganzon (69883)
• Philippines
17 Jan 11
Your mother-in-law is just a superstitious woman! There's nothing wrong with bathing children at night, if it's too cold then just prepare warm water for them. When my son was just a few days old, his pediatrics even advised me to bathe him more than three times a day since he was born in the summer time and the climate was very humid. Just bathe your children like you usually do when they are dirty and all. There's completely nothing wrong with bathing at night.
• Philippines
17 Jan 11
I totally agree with you! Thank you. I usually just clean her towel when it's cold and when she is having colds.
• United States
17 Jan 11
Mine all normally get a bath at night after they are done with school and playing for the day. I hate the idea anyone being dirty and climbing into bed. I see no reason for them to bathe in the morning since all they did was sleep unless one of the boys has an accident in the night then they get a quick bath in the morning. I believe bathing children too much will lower their immune system once a day works for me. I have no idea why she would say that except for the going to bed with hair wet. That will make anyone get stopped up and if they have been exposed to a cold germ or whatnot a wet head at night will make them more suceptable. I think because homes are normally cooler at night. Mine get baths while they still have enough time for hair to dry before bed. If you don't mind me asking how old is you child?
1 person likes this
• Philippines
17 Jan 11
My child is still 3 years old and her hair is very thin so it easily dries up long enough before she gets to sleep. Because of her always noting about bathing my child in the evening, I sometimes have guilt feelings when doing it. I can't take it when my daughter sleeps and she's so dirty.
• United States
17 Jan 11
Such a sweet age! I agree always be clean before bed if mother in law has real issues with it then you and her can talk but ultimately I see nothing wrong with bathing at night and no reason for you to feel bad about wanting her clean.
• Philippines
17 Jan 11
Hi! Thank you, I feel good when I read your comments. I remember telling her one time that my child just poured the water over her head when I wasn't looking, when she asked me why I bathe my daughter... I just can't tell her sometimes that I did it.
• United States
17 Jan 11
I see nothing wrong with bathing your children at night unless it is extremely cold. I prefer to take a shower at night in the summer to get cooled off and relaxed. I raised 5 kids and I bathed them as needed! once or twice a day depending on the situation. Basically, regardless of the childs age, if its comfortable for you, then its comfortable for your child.
1 person likes this
• United States
17 Jan 11
Well you do not need to bath them so often. If dirty yes but other wise every other day is fine. If you bath them too often they will lose too many of the natural oils their skins produce which can lead to not only very dry irritated skin but make it very sensitive. I am not saying put a dirty kid to bed but if all they did at night is sleep there is no reason for the morning bath. Just out of curiosity is this your first child?
1 person likes this
• Philippines
17 Jan 11
She plays a lot outside the house, so I really need to clean her up before sleeping. Yes, my first and my only child.:)
• United States
22 Jan 11
I was thinking the same thing about losing natural oils with too much bathing. No need unless your child sweats or something at night to bathe again in the morning. And if the kids are inside all day and/or didn't really get dirty or if they day just gets to an end and time runs out for a bath at night, kids do not seems to mind skipping their bath unless it is hard wired into their routine (usually helps relax them before going to bed).
@chocobuko (117)
• Philippines
17 Jan 11
I don't see any reason why bathing is bad unless of course your kid is sick. I also bathe my kids twice a day, one in the morning and one before going to bed. I grew up doing that and there is nothing wrong with me ( except for my asthma which is hereditary). But when I bathe my kids it will be a warm bath because I dont want them to catch a cold (they also have asthma and it is not advisable to bathe with cold water). So, I guess if your kids are well and no signs of fever or cold then you can bathe them for as many times as you want, as long as you use warm water.
1 person likes this
17 Jan 11
I have 3 kids and 2 of them are now going to school. The problem is their classes start very early in the morning so what I do to avoid the morning rush is bathe all of them at night before going to bed so all they have to do in the morning is brush their teeth and wash their face then they can change and go to school. They go swimming with their dad almost everyday after work/school so I guess that's enough to keep them clean and fresh everyday :)
@laglen (19759)
• United States
17 Jan 11
I cant imagine why bathing could be "bad" for children. When my daughter was little, I always bathed her at night then washed up in the morning. She is 16 and thriving.
1 Feb 11
I can imagine bathing them to much could dry their skin.
• United States
18 Jan 11
I bathe my son at night time. Sometimes I will bathe him in the mornings but its usually at night cause it's easier and I have more time. I can't bathe him but about every other night because he has exzema on his skin and the doctor told me not to bathe him too much cause it flares up that exzema cause it makes his skin dry.
@imsilver (1665)
• Canada
25 Jan 11
I'm not sure where your mother in law heard that. I've always given my kids a bath at bedtime. I find that it helps them to calm down. I still use the johnsons nightime bubble bath even though my kids are now 11 and 13. It mellows them out and puts them in the mood to close their eyes and go to sleep afterwards.
@mermaidivy (15395)
• United States
8 Feb 11
I often bath my baby, I usually bath him every 2 days, sometimes daily if he got his bum really dirty. It is the winter, so he doesn't get sweaty or anything, it is perfectly fine to bath him maybe even once in three day especially their skin can get very dry.
@eurekafemme (5877)
• Philippines
17 Jan 11
Hello, Desertsong. I bathe my kids as often as they get dirty. I think I am allergic to dirty kids. But, hey, my kids are all ok despite of them having bath during the morning midday and even evening. Sometimes, my 10 months old baby is bathing 5 times or more a day especially when she poops. But those are just quick baths, good enough to wash away the dust, sticky dirt (mostly from food) and bad odors ( either urine or poops). The reason behind the no bath during evening for the old ones is that maybe during this time the weather is much colder. Since children still have weak lungs they are more susceptible of catching colds or coughs. Anyways, when you are living with your in laws better to obey them. Bathe your children earlier and when evening comes, you can use wet towels to clean and freshen them up.
18 Jan 11
i always bath my kids at night and i find that it calms them and gets them ready for bed.
• United States
17 Jan 11
I normally shower my kids once a day, during the evening hours. In the morning it is simply impossible, since I work and I have to drop them off in school. So I shower them when they get home afterschool before dinner. I prefer to shower them at night it kind of tends to relax them.
1 person likes this
• Philippines
28 Jan 11
I make sure kids are clean, I don't like seeing and smelling them with certain odor. I wash them 3x a day.
@shaggin (65268)
• United States
17 Jan 11
When my daughter was a baby she had acid reflux and vomited all the time. She would smell terrible in the morning. We used cloth diapers and her urine smelled terrible. It just worked best to give her a bath in the morning so she wouldnt be stinky all day. By the end of the day she was stinky again due to the vomiting and everything else so she got two baths a day. My son since he was born has only gotten one bath a day as he was not a puker and his urine didnt smell so bad. When he gets up I do wipe his diaper area good with baby wipes to get the urine off his skin. The reason your mother is saying its not good to bathe them at night is probably because some of the older generations think that bathing them at night can make them ill. That is not true at all. Boths my kids take a bath at night and if they miss their bath at night then I give it to them the next morning.
17 Jan 11
Up to the age of 10 i always ensured they had a bath daily,but over 10 it should be atleast every other day.i bath myself daily still but i also was told by the doctor that it doesnt help our body natural sources to be left to work properly eg if you wash to often arggg
@sender621 (14898)
• United States
17 Jan 11
My two children are in their teenage years now. They can take care of their bathing needs themselves. When they were younger, they got a bath everyday.
@ebuscat (5936)
• Philippines
17 Jan 11
For me ones a day only because I leanrd that way so that I can make cheep of soap and water.
• Philippines
17 Jan 11
Only once after lunch do i take my child a bath. I think your mother in law is just concerned. Some parents do not really bath in the evening because of the weather. Sponge or warm bath i think will help them before going to bed. I for one don't bath my daughter at night because she gets sick & fever.
• Paraguay
17 Jan 11
well my niece and nephew are taking a bath twice a day, so that they will feel fresh and clean all the time. I don't see anything wrong in taking a bath twice.