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Those of you who bathe babies before bed, do you do top and tail wash In mornings?

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ImaLooney Thu 20-Mar-14 18:23:45

Currently I bath my 4 month old in mornings every other day and on the days I don't I top and tail. What do you do?

PourquoiTuGachesTaVie Thu 20-Mar-14 18:28:26

I never bathed dc as often as that. Bath on Wednesday and Sunday evenings, flannel wash as required in between.

Dc has eczema and too many baths would make it worse.

Shroomboom Thu 20-Mar-14 19:02:02

DD has a bath every other night, and I clean her face with warm water and cotton wool every morning smile

bigkidsdidit Thu 20-Mar-14 19:03:15

No, just face with a wet wipe. I clean his bottom every time he poos anyway.

Bonsoir Thu 20-Mar-14 19:03:22

I used to give my DD a bath every morning at that age. Often with me! I had a little bath support and she thought it was hilarious to be with me.

ImaLooney Thu 20-Mar-14 19:09:45

How did you get her In and out on your own bonsoir? Id love a bath with her but haven't worked out how to do it yet

workingtitle Thu 20-Mar-14 19:13:48

I bath DS (6months) every evening with me purely because he enjoys it so much, then quick top n tail in the morning. If I am alone I set up an open towel on a change mat by the bath to put him on at the end before i hop out. Getting in is a bit hairy (hold him and sit down without using hands, going on one knee then another then sitting back) but I haven't slipped yet...

MyNameIsKenAdams Thu 20-Mar-14 19:15:28

Tbh ive never understood top and tailing. Dd was bathed evrry night and didnt get dirty overnight. Cleaned her bum with every nappy change. Washed her face with a wipe if it ever looked dirty.

ithoughtofitfirst Thu 20-Mar-14 19:16:32

I wonder about this atm because i'm transitioning into using all natural products bevause i am super paranoid about the chemicals and stuff since nearly everything i put on his skin and scalp makes him react. So ive reduced his baths to every other day so as notto dry him out too much and wipe his face and hands with a damp muslin cloth as and when he looks a bit grubby between baths (but at no particular time).

Porridge oat baths for eczema
Coconut oil on the scalp for really bad cradle cap

I can't even use baby wipes or sudocrem sad

But am i washing him enough?! He looks fine to me. Even better actually cause his skin is clear and looks gorgeous

rockybalboa Thu 20-Mar-14 19:18:19

My baby (Dc3) gets perhaps two baths a week. That's all he needs. Have never ever top and tailed.

Theyaremysunshine Thu 20-Mar-14 20:12:12

ithought have you seen water wipes? Dd has v sensitive skin and eczema and she's fine with these. They're just water with a bit of citrus extract. Handier than cotton wool when out and about.

She also can't have sudocrem, or indeed anything with petroleum in, so we use burts bees nappy cream, and their shampoo, and aveeno for bath oil wash and moisturiser.

Just in case our trial and error can help you.

GingerMaman Thu 20-Mar-14 20:13:34

No. Just wipe her face with water wipes

Theyaremysunshine Thu 20-Mar-14 20:14:15

Sorry OP - meant to add, I top and tailed twice daily with dc1. Dc2 got bathed twice a week and washed if mucky!!

rachyconks Thu 20-Mar-14 20:23:12

I'm with ken Adams. DD has a bath every night. She is a bit of a mucky pup so normally needs it, but she loves it so much. She gets her bum wiped when needed and face wiped when dirty. No time in the morning to wash everybody!! When DC2 arrives next week joint baths will be happening ASAP.

Odaat Thu 20-Mar-14 21:30:50

I wash dd every other night as she has dry skin. I wipe her face with wet wipe regurlarly throughout day (as its often dirty with food) and wipe her with wet wipe after every nappy change. If she does a particularly bad poo- or has nappy rash i will wash her wee bum too after I have wet wiped it, just to ensure its totally clean.

MissTink Thu 20-Mar-14 23:33:35

I bath my son every evening as part of his bedtime routine. I tend to just put bedtime bubbles in and don't properly wash as more of a calming exercise and then use bedtime lotion.
In the mornings I give him a thorough wash and spend more time oiling him. As my son is mixed race his skin needs to be properly oiled head to toe every day and the lotion doesn't quite cut it.
As he gets older only 10 weeks now and I have less time I will have to cut out one or the other but right now I am enjoying our morning and evening wash routines.

rosiedays Fri 21-Mar-14 00:44:55

My 8 month old dd3 gets showered ^/bathed every night And a hgood strip wash after breakfast now. Up to 6 months it was about 4 baths a week and a strip wash AM.
She's has no table manners and food gets everywhere!!! I can't put her to bed dirty and sticking her under the shower is quickest way to clean her.

Slebmum Fri 21-Mar-14 13:28:02

I never ever top and tailed, bath twice a week. Would obviously wipe their faces / hands if dirty but I think I may be a bit lax!

Blueberrybaby Fri 21-Mar-14 13:36:41

DD is 10 months. Bath every night. I don't always put bubbles in or use soap. She does have her hair washed though because there is lots of it and food/drool/snot tends to migrate into it. I don't top and tail. I just give her face a wipe over if it is encrusted with anything. Bum is wiped over at each nappy change.

Bonsoir Fri 21-Mar-14 14:11:17

Imalooney - I popped her on her little bath support, then got in myself, washed us both, then got out myself, put on my robe etc and got her out.

LilllyLovesLife Fri 21-Mar-14 14:31:07

I never understood "top and tailing" surely their Bums get cleaned at every nappy change? And face everytime it gets messy?

starfishmummy Fri 21-Mar-14 14:46:31

DS had chronic sickness and diarrhoea so we did a flannel wash several times a day and sometimes at night too.

Actual bath maybe once or twice a week so he could have a splash around. Sunday bathtime would often be with one of us in with him (usually dh) with the other one to hand him over/take him out

Martorana Fri 21-Mar-14 14:51:39

I don't know what top and tail is- surely you clean their bottoms when you change a nappy and their faces when they are dirty?

ceeveebee Fri 21-Mar-14 15:00:59

I still "top and tail" my 2.4 yo twins every morning, and on non-bath nights, although now they stand up in the bathroom.
Does everyone else wash bums every time they do a poo? How do you manage that when out of the house? Or do you just use wipes?

Martorana Fri 21-Mar-14 17:50:19

Why is washing better than wipes?

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