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To not bathe my kids before bed?

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Chocwocdoodah Wed 27-Feb-19 23:43:40

I shower my DCs in the morning as it’s quick and means they’re clean for the day. But a friend pointed out its better to give kids a bath at bedtime otherwise they’re getting in bed with all the grime of the day still on them.

What do you do - morning or bedtime?

bluechameleon Sat 02-Mar-19 09:19:22

Mine get baths twice a week, usually during the afternoon. When DS1 had bad eczema the dermatologist advised us not to bathe him to often and we've just stuck with the routine now he has largely grown out of the eczema.

Nothinglefttochoose Sat 02-Mar-19 08:47:40

Don’t have a bath so kids shower every second day

rejected2012 Sat 02-Mar-19 08:41:32

I shower mine every morning and night and change his sheets every week

TickettyBoo Sat 02-Mar-19 08:03:52

"My 4 year old has clean pjs every evening and clean bedding twice a week"

Allergy to dirt/oxygen?? I get that it's each to their own but seriously!

zizza Sat 02-Mar-19 07:24:34

Those who want to bath/shower in the morning.... Why so sweaty overnight? Do you have the heating on? I shower (myself) in the morning if I need to wash my hair, or before bed if no hair wash needed for the next day (or I've been to the gym).

NC4Now Fri 01-Mar-19 01:46:45

No, if they have a bath at night just teeth in the morning and wash hands after the loo. They are getting older now, so rethink needed but that was the child routine.

Vehivle Fri 01-Mar-19 01:38:13

We bath our 2 year old at night. Maybe 2-3 a week. Certainly not everyday. We do nights as it helps him to wind down and it's a good time waster in that weird evening time between dinner and bedtime. Limits him getting bored and then cranky by having him play in the bath for a bit before the bed time routine.

stayathomer Fri 01-Mar-19 00:38:37

We do showers 2 or 3 times a week ( or obviously as needed!). I've always wondered if it was just a mn thing to bath nightly over baby/ toddler age, I've asked and most people I know do three times a week?

happymummy12345 Fri 01-Mar-19 00:31:27

Usually evening, but I have done mornings occasionally.

naysayer Fri 01-Mar-19 00:10:46

I'm with peskypooches and skinnypete and thank god you spoke, was beginning to think DD10 was the only child to have only 2-4 baths a week. And it has to be baths, we have no shower. And it's a complete pain as her hair is as thick as an Afghan goat's, and waist length. And with no shower, a morning bath is out of the question. Unless they are rolling around in mud every day is it really necessary to waste water that much? Surely teaching them to top and tail with a cloth is enough.

Whatsnewpussyhat Fri 01-Mar-19 00:09:23

My kids have never had a bath before bed and go to bed just fine without. They have also never had a bath daily. There is just no need as babies and by the time we are home from work/fed, giving them a bath would make bedtime too late.

I don't shower or bathe before bed either.
Always in the morning.

NunoGoncalves Thu 28-Feb-19 23:54:35

Nothing. Just brush teeth. Face doesn't get dirty overnight and they wash their hands after going to the toilet which they usually do first thing anyway!

Auntiepatricia Thu 28-Feb-19 23:54:30

Mine usually get bathed twice a week. Bedsheets every few weeks. Fresh clothes most days. None of them smell (4 under 7). I don’t ever do baths before bed, can’t think of a worse time.

Chocwocdoodah Thu 28-Feb-19 23:43:35

Rafferty - does sound a bit grim when I put it like that!!

By “grime of the day” I mean the sometimes dirty faces, fingernails and general sweatiness from running around at school.

So if you bathe/shower your kids at night, do they have any kind of wash in the morning - i.e. face and hands - or nothing?

Crustaceans Thu 28-Feb-19 10:14:56

Morning showers here. I used to do bedtime baths as babies but switched to morning showers when they were at school as it was easier.

Actually DS2 never washes at home these days. He swims 5 times a week and showers after that (at the pool --mostly just chatting to his friends for ages--). He’s not old enough to need any more washing than that.

OneStepSideways Thu 28-Feb-19 10:11:25

Morning baths/showers here! I don't see the point of bathing at night, everyone sweats and sheds dead skin cells during the 8 or so hours you're asleep! Kids also tend to dribble, get snot on the pillow and then spill breakfast on themselves.

I always shower in the morning or I feel sticky and don't smell as fresh. And it wakes me up for the day.

If you shower at night instead, do you put deodorant on at night or in the morning or both? I've always wondered that.

My 4 year old has clean pjs every evening and clean bedding twice a week.

Seline Thu 28-Feb-19 08:38:14

I bathe my kids as required. I don't have set bath days or times etc. Some weeks he needs more bathing than others. My younger two get bathed on average every other day but sometimes more regularly if they've had bad reflux.

StevieHuckle Thu 28-Feb-19 08:37:20

Bath 3 nights a week here (DD8). Maybe 4 max.

Same, unless particularly dirty it not like they sweat and smell like adults do. As long as they're clean. Ive always been cautious of them being over-clean.

Camomila Thu 28-Feb-19 08:35:05

DS is nearly 3 and usually has a shower in the mornings. I prefer it because a bath before bed just excites him and also because he doesn't mind getting his head wet in the shower. By bedtime he just wants to go to bed, not have a bath.

In summer its a bit different with suncream/wearing shorts etc but ATM I just wash his hands/face/teeth and the rest of him is clean under his clothes.

Parker231 Thu 28-Feb-19 08:34:49

Mine had showers before bed. Much quicker and saved loads of time when they had after school clubs, activities, homework to fit in. We started ours on showers with us from six months old.

GreatDuckCookery6211 Thu 28-Feb-19 08:27:46

Bath or shower before bed at that age.

cushioncovers Thu 28-Feb-19 08:26:40

Before my dc hit puberty they bathed at night. No need for deodorant etc
Then after puberty hit and they started sweating and getting spots etc they wanted to shower in the morning so that they were fresh for school.
They are young adults now and shower once a day whenever they want to.

StopMakingAFoolOutofMe Thu 28-Feb-19 08:22:30

Now he's older, morning. He sweats a lot during the night and his hair won't do anything if he's slept in it grin

Vulpine Thu 28-Feb-19 08:21:30

'The grime of the day'? They're not working down a coal mine

Notso Thu 28-Feb-19 08:21:12

When they were grubby toddlers I bathed them most nights. Now older kids in their teens shower daily (In 18 year olds case seemingly hourly hmm)
8 and 6 year olds get a shower Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings and then on Saturday morning, obviously more if it's really hot or they're filthy etc. 6 year old is still in pull ups at night and gets night sweats so I sometimes hose him down super quickly in the mornings as well.

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