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How often do you bath your 2 year old?

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

Topic says it all really.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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).

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.

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

Ds is just 3 and has a shower every other night

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

OneLittleToddlingTerror Wed 02-Jan-13 10:41:00

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).

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 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

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


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

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).

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!

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.

OneLittleToddlingTerror Wed 02-Jan-13 10:12:54

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.

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

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