How often do you bath your 2 year old?

(45 Posts)
MaryWants2getMarried Tue 01-Jan-13 18:49:22

Topic says it all really.

gallicgirl Tue 01-Jan-13 18:52:23

Every 2-3 days probably unless she gets really mucky.

She gets really dry skin so I don't like to bath her everyday.

DoubleYew Tue 01-Jan-13 18:56:43

Every night with the odd skip if he's not well.

He likes to play in the bath, its a good way to mark the start of bedtime (like that works!) and he will only be changed standing up so I like to make sure he gets a proper nappy area wash.

DancingInTheMoonlight Tue 01-Jan-13 18:56:59

He goes swimming once a week so always has a shower after. Other wise just hands and face and bottom as they get dirty. He had really sensitive dry skin which gets irritated if washed too regularly. (obviously if he has an accident or gets filthy from a particular activity or food he will have a shower!)

bigkidsdidit Tue 01-Jan-13 18:57:26

Every other day

MaryWants2getMarried Tue 01-Jan-13 19:43:36

Thank you. I was beginning to worry that I'm not doing it often enough after overhearing someone else giving bath every night. Everyone does it their own way, I suppose.

NotInMyDay Tue 01-Jan-13 19:44:55

Every other night here.
But watch as this is (mysteriously) a touchy topic on MN. wink

BeaWheesht Tue 01-Jan-13 19:45:16

Ds used to get one every night but dd only gets bathed 2-3 times a week

Greythorne Tue 01-Jan-13 19:49:03

Every night.

I hate the thought of a DC getting into her grubby!

Indith Tue 01-Jan-13 19:49:10

Mine all get tipped into the bath every night pretty much unless absolutely shattered or we've been out late or something. They are 6, 4 and 9 months bit we've pretty much always bathed every night. One or other of them will end the day covered in muck so I might as well stick them all in.

MousyMouse Tue 01-Jan-13 19:51:26

every other night unless really mucky!

FannyFifer Tue 01-Jan-13 19:52:00

Twice a week usually, more in summer due to suncream etc.

pleasethanks Tue 01-Jan-13 19:52:07

my 2.4 year old gets bathed every night unless they are unwell or beyond shattered. She is a hot wee thing, so a good clean is needed everyday to keep her smelling fresh tbh.

mejon Tue 01-Jan-13 21:01:39

DD2 has a bath or shower every night generally as she's recently started smearing her food into her hair so she definitely needs a good wash. She gets a little grumpy after tea so it's a good way of settling her down in preparation for bed. She'll happily play for ages with the bath toys.

Lawabidingmama Tue 01-Jan-13 21:49:15

Both my DDs are bathed every night (2.9 and 9 months) marks the start of bedtime both are always flat out by half 7 so I never want to rock the boat by changing the routine! I think my 2 year old would be furious if I tried to deny her the bath she loves it! I also like to pop them both in clean jim jams and tuck them in all fresh!

Iggly Tue 01-Jan-13 21:51:17

Every day as he gets dirty. We might skip it if very tired but will still wipe bits and face with a cloth.

LaCiccolina Tue 01-Jan-13 21:51:22

Every other

TurkeyDino Tue 01-Jan-13 21:53:41

Every night. He has always been a stinky thing. Smelliest feet I have ever known on a child. DS2 gets a dunk with him every night too, but he's a pukey wee thing. I have all the luck grin

Harrysmummysarah1 Tue 01-Jan-13 22:00:23

Bath every night unless on weekends sometimes we skip if we have been out late.
Dd2- nearly 4
Gets a bath every other night unless she requests one or is really grubby. She will often to ask to be bathed every night she likes the water.
Ds- 10 months will get a bath every 3-4 days depending on when he needs one. One more often if his grubby.
I don't start bathing every day until they reach about two even then I've found they don't need it everyday. Dd1 hated the water and would only bathe every other day at the most (unless dirty and forced) until she got to school age and she started every day. Dd2 doesn't need a bath everyday but wants one most days. Depends on the child. You will know if they need a bath there are no rules smile

matana Wed 02-Jan-13 09:26:38

If he's had a long day at the childminder and/ or is really tired i don't bath him. It probably works out that i bath him about 4 times a week. There's no point in me stressing him out by bathing him when he's completely shattered. I don't like him going more than two days without a bath though,as i like to think of him as being clean and cosy when he gets into bed.

princessx Wed 02-Jan-13 10:08:29

DD is nearly 2 and I was doing it every night until a few months ago. Then we moved to London and she got dry skin in the had water so I reduced it to every second night. Then we moved again to a house with a freezing bathroom and she started crying when we went in, so for the last month it has been once a week only! with hands and face washed every night, and a bum wash in the sink if she's done a poo

DD is 21mo and we bath every night, except when she's poorly. But she loves the bath. It's just part of the bedtime routine. I don't believe she actually needs a bath/shower everyday.

ChristabelChristmas Wed 02-Jan-13 10:14:11

Every night - I think it's useful as a winding down activity before bed. If he's too tired however then we will skip it but every other day is a minimum.

Piemistress Wed 02-Jan-13 10:18:29

Every night. It's part of their bedtime routine. He sits in the shower though as no bath where we are currently living and DD has her tummy tub!

salvadory Wed 02-Jan-13 10:24:18

Every other night for both my two dd's (ages 36 and 11 months respectively).
A South African dermatologist I saw recently (about dd2's eczema) thinks the British are very strange for not bathing every day but I honestly don't think mine need it (unless they get dirty/painty etc then I will bath on a non bath night).

SocietyClowns Wed 02-Jan-13 10:24:31

My pfb ha a bath every night. Along came her sister and our bedtime routine went out the window. Dd2 (coming up to 3) is lucky to get a bath twice a week and I have put 'bath time' in my calendar because otherwise it would be less... blush

SocietyClowns Wed 02-Jan-13 10:24:53


princessx Wed 02-Jan-13 10:26:46

Yes I had a south african friend who was horrified at the idea of not bathing every day. She always had 2 showers a day - morning and night. But depending where you live the water can really dry your skin out

Medal Wed 02-Jan-13 10:28:39

Every night for my 2yo and 3yo unless they're ill or very tired. It's part of their routine. I don't understand why children wouldn't need some sort of a wash at the end of the day! My two certainly do, well their hands, faces and bottoms do! They have eczema so it probably isn't ideal for their skin but I would feel neglectful if I didn't put them to bed clean.

princessx that's probably because it's hot in south africa. I used to shower twice a day when I live in Hong Kong and Auckland. You sweat during the day and you definitely feel smelly after a day at school/work. And that's the minimum number of showers I have. If I exercise I also shower in the gym (that'll make it three times a day).

SpikyLikey Wed 02-Jan-13 10:43:18

Quick dip in a shallow bath roughly every other morning before nursery, sometimes more depending on if she needs it. A 'big bath' on Sunday evening when I wash and condition her (massive, unruly mane of...) hair and do all the maintenance stiff like cut nails, put lotion on her skin etc.

SpikyLikey Wed 02-Jan-13 10:44:13

She has a wash every other, btw, but her skin gets very dry if she baths too often.

gourd Wed 02-Jan-13 11:44:03

No baths as we dont have one. Showering is part of bedtime routine though so LO (2.3) showers every night. LO enjoys it with tub flutes, squirty ducks and squirty Thomas train. She also likes to wash her own face and body with flannel and/or hands and we want to encourage her to do this by herself. We wash her hair only once a week as she has a dry scalp like me. Hair washing has never been fun, but it's only once a week so it's not too bad and is over in seconds with a shower.

C0smos Wed 02-Jan-13 11:55:02

Every night, part of bedtime routine. However we live in a hot country so he gets sweaty, plus bare feet most of the time so he gets grubby.

rrreow Wed 02-Jan-13 15:17:46

2-3 times a week. I understand when people do it every night as part of a bedtime routine, but from a cleanliness point of view I don't feel that's necessary.

rrreow Wed 02-Jan-13 15:21:06

It probably also depends on whether they're potty trained. When you're wiping their bottom with a wet wipe after every nappy change I don't see the need to have a bath, but if they're potty trained and wiping with toilet paper instead, it might be more hygienic to have a bath every day.

Sirzy Wed 02-Jan-13 15:21:43

Ds is just 3 and has a shower every other night

LoonyRationalist Wed 02-Jan-13 17:49:25

Once or twice a week here for my 3.8 year old, bad for her skin to do it more often.

SnowyGrey Wed 02-Jan-13 18:06:39

Both mine have been bathed every night from birth barring illness or extreme tiredness which is rare. have never found it affects my 2's skin ie made it dry or anything etc. In fact they both have lovely skin and have never had cradle cap either (I wondered if it was because all scurf has been washed from head so never has chance to build up).

ouryve Wed 02-Jan-13 18:09:03

Mine were both messy eaters at that age, so pretty much every day.

They still are at 6 & 9 - plus DS2 is still in nappies and gets quite stale and DS1 doesn't wipe very well.

helebear Wed 02-Jan-13 18:30:03

Dd 21 months used to have a bath every evening as she enjoyed it & it signalled the start of bedtime, but she didn't necessarily need a bath everyday. But just recently she's started to loath baths (unfortunately I think she had a bad experience with nappy rash & a slightly too warm bath which stung her bum) and a bath is now a total battle & results in mega tantrums/ hysterics so I now give her a bath 2 or 3 times/ week and wash hands & face every evening instead.

nappydaysagain Wed 02-Jan-13 18:39:00

Every night here too. All 3 of my DCs (11, 9 and 2) have a daily bath or shower as do I and DH. We like to be clean grin

Mrsrudolphduvall Wed 02-Jan-13 18:44:35

Every night. It was the beginning of winding down...tea at 5, bath at 6, bed by 7.

CharlotteBronteSaurus Wed 02-Jan-13 18:50:03

every night
she likes it, and it kills 30 minutes during the most whingey spell of the day

JoandMax Wed 02-Jan-13 18:59:27

Every night, always have done with both of them.

They seem to need it, they're filth magnets! It's a lovely time of our day though, we all chat and they play and laugh etc

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