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to not bathe my nearly 2-year old dd every day?

(65 Posts)
quesadilla Tue 13-Nov-12 21:25:54

that's it really. She hates it, I work full time, sometimes it just doesn't happen. Is there anything wrong with only bathing a child every other day?

I bathe mine every 2-3 days. Better for their skin and there is no need. make sure all the 'dirty' bits are wiped and clean.

Any reason she hates it?

vvviola Tue 13-Nov-12 21:28:25

I've never bathed my 2 every day. Was specifically told not to when they were small.

Bath every other day - or sometimes every 3rd day blush. Hands face and bottom in between.

SamSmalaidh Tue 13-Nov-12 21:28:26

You only need to bath them when they need it. I usually bath my 2 year old 3-4 times a week.

i dont think so, was told by a consultant dermatologist that its very bad for their skin, 2/3 times a week, unless some really messy play.

mckenzie Tue 13-Nov-12 21:29:27

no!! You must be fairly young yourself smile. I was certainly never bathed every day as a young child - once a week i think and even then it was in the kitchen sink! Seriously. Every other day is more than enough.

pointythings Netherlands Tue 13-Nov-12 21:29:49

Sounds fine to me. I did bathe mine every day, but only because they loved it and so it was a nice part of the evening routine leading into bedtime. If it's stressful, just don't do it.

Mondaybaby Tue 13-Nov-12 21:29:58

You ANBU. It is probably healthier not to have a bath every day. I used to give dd a bath every day but I have relaxed now and now she baths 5 or 4 times a week. It takes the pressure off a bit, especially when you work.

StripyMagicDragon Tue 13-Nov-12 21:30:15

when they're dirty, wash them. if not, just wash hands and face, babywipe to the bum.

bigkidsdidit Tue 13-Nov-12 21:30:44

I do my nearly 2 year old every other day, and hair even less, unless we've been very messy. that's perfectly fine I think

DS, 11 months, gets one bath a week, top and tail every day.
Like you, I work full time and so getting home I've got time for a bit of play, feeding, etc, and just don't have time.

No-one's complained about the smell yet grin!

Mintyy Tue 13-Nov-12 21:31:16

No of course not!

thebody Tue 13-Nov-12 21:31:31

No of course not. Tbh I did mine every day as they loved it and its easier than sponging but if she hates if then of course not.

threepiecesuite Tue 13-Nov-12 21:31:36

Three times a week here, DD has eczema and plain water aggravates it.

ShallIJustShutUpThen Tue 13-Nov-12 21:40:16

Once a week here for mine blush unless there is a reason for an extra one

Covered in paint, covered in mud or covered in poo are the most common reasons for extra baths grin

MrsMelons Tue 13-Nov-12 21:42:27

No YANBU for some reason people in general have become obsessed with bathing children every night. I did when they were tiny as it helped get them in a routine but now they have various after school activities so we don't always have time and they are not really dirty TBH.

Covered in paint, covered in mud or covered in poo grin Can I add... covered in yogurt, covered in bolognese, indescribable muck in hair?

sweetkitty Tue 13-Nov-12 21:47:21

3 times a week here, 2 with eczema, baths make it worse.

DialsMavis Tue 13-Nov-12 21:49:08

I don't work, DD doesn't have any conditions and she adores the bath..... I don't bath her every day because quite simply, I CBA grin

ShallIJustShutUpThen Tue 13-Nov-12 21:50:11

Indescribable muck in hair? Ah yes, we know it well!

I think it is a combo of snot, food and drool but who knows?

shartsi Tue 13-Nov-12 21:51:49

2 times a day for mine (3 and 1 year old), morning and night. I shower twice a day too. However if they had skin problems, it would be less frequent.

ShallIJustShutUpThen Tue 13-Nov-12 21:53:08

Shartsi I dread to think what my water bill would be if we all bathed twice a day shock

Are you on a meter?

I work full time too, and my 2yo gets a bath twice a week. Sunday, when me and DH are both home, and Thursday afternoon when DH is off work.

He does both baths anyway, I CBA am not a great fan of getting soaked while sitting next to the bath.

Quadrangle Tue 13-Nov-12 22:02:06

Dermatologists always seem to advise against bathing every day. Twice a week here, unless they get extra dirty. Used to be once a week when i was a child.

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