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How often do you bathe a toddler?

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Brightonmumtoatoddler Fri 29-May-15 21:25:44

I only ask as I saw a thread where someone was horrified that a two year old was bathed only a couple of times a week. It's occurred to me that I bathe my toddler between two and three times a week (she gets a warm water flannel to do her 'top and tail' every day)
I do this consciously as three of my friends kids get bathed every day and all of their children have some sort of exzema or skin irritation. My daughter never has and I'm sure there is a link.
What's the general consensus? Is it so horrifying not to bathe your children every day?

KittyCatKittyCat Fri 29-May-15 21:28:51

Every day, because she loves it? Even when she didn't like it though, it was a big part of our bed time routine. And those times were phases of development, like trying to walk, in the tub.

KittyCatKittyCat Fri 29-May-15 21:31:08

Oh sorry as to your final question, not horrid no. But most love a chance to play in the tub, so why not?

Snozberry Fri 29-May-15 21:31:54

Most days because it is the easiest way to clean her after dinner, some days if we are busy we skip it and some days she has two, if she is filthy from painting or some such activity. I don't always use bubbles though as I worry about thrush with her being a girl.

Snozberry Fri 29-May-15 21:33:07

DD loves the bath though, if it was a battle or she didn't need cleaning that often then I wouldn't do it, of course it isn't horrifying to bath a few times a week.

Andcake Fri 29-May-15 21:34:08

Every other day mostly because any part of bed time routine is hated and a battle. He loves a bath when in it though. Also as a family we don't have time.

museumum Fri 29-May-15 21:34:53

Not horrifying but we do every day because:
A) he really loves the bath
B) he'd scream blue murder if I tried to "top and tail" him. Really hates being wiped at all.

SweetPeaPods Fri 29-May-15 21:36:11

I'm rely torn on this. I went through a phase of bathing him every night to create a routine but he doesn't need it and we don't really have the time. So he now gets bathed around 3 times a week, more if especially dirty.

Wishful80smontage Fri 29-May-15 21:36:24

Every other day for dd. if its hot and she's had sun cream on then daily.

TheBreastmilksOnMe Fri 29-May-15 21:38:03

We've got three kids aged 17mths, 4yrs and 6yrs and during term time they bathe/shower 2-3 Times per week and if we're busy or during the holidays it's less. We only use an organic wash on them as my daughter tends to get irritated bits with anything else and we always rinse them off in the shower after a bath. I think anymore than 3 times a week is a bit much in my honest opinion as it can be drying on their delicate skin.

TarkaTheOtter Fri 29-May-15 21:38:52

I bath dd as much as she wants (minimum about twice a week). Its most days atm.
Ds had once weekly baths as a baby because any more have him eczema. He's 1 now and seems to have grown out of it and loves his daily bath.

ceeveebee Fri 29-May-15 21:42:37

Every other day here (3yo twins), but do a proper strip wash on non bath days. Used to be daily but DS eczema seems much better now we've stopped daily baths. Wash hair even less often - probably twice a week.

HootyMcTooty Fri 29-May-15 21:46:30

Every other day, more if it's needed. Dd2 had 2 baths today, it's been a messy day. In summer it's often every day because of sun cream in hair and getting dirty in the garden.

Dd1 had a bath every day as a baby to establish a bedtime routine, but when it was no longer necessary we moved to our current routine.

Annunziata Fri 29-May-15 21:48:08

Every day. She's normally filthy and the bath makes her sleepy.

Only1scoop Fri 29-May-15 21:49:47

Everyday as part of bedtime routine. No dry skin conditions here at all.

bigTillyMint Fri 29-May-15 21:51:19

Like Annunziata and Only1scoop say for both.

neversleepagain Fri 29-May-15 21:56:01

As babies we bathed our twins 2/3 times a week. Now are toddler we bath them everyday as they need it, they get filthy from playing outside.

BathtimeFunkster Fri 29-May-15 22:00:57

Every day.

Bath time is popular, part of bedtime routine, I think sitting in a nappy all day is a bit gross and nice to clean that area before bed.

ch1134 Fri 29-May-15 22:01:57

Every day as he loves it and it's a sleep cue. He does have sensitive skin but we on use epaderm on it, nothing else. He always seems to be dirty enough to warrant a proper wash too, and it must feel nice after wearing a nappy all day. We might cut down once toilet trained.

LIG1979 Fri 29-May-15 22:10:16

It used to be every day but since ds arrived 9 weeks ago dd (2.9) has decided she hates baths and it is "too late" to have one that night. Now it turns into a battle, so I force her if she hasn't had one for 3 days or is obviously dirty. confused Ideally I would like her to have one most days but at least every other day but cannot fight it at the moment.

Love51 Fri 29-May-15 22:12:28

One of mine went months without a bath as a baby due to having a harness to correct a hip problem. She was clean enough (and luckily very late to get much hair!) Once I could bath her I did it daily and her eczema started to show so I cut down to every other. I think its one of the things where there is no right or wrong, just do what suits your family.

mrsmugoo Sat 30-May-15 14:24:41

I do mine every day because it's part of his bedtime routine but I've never used bubble bath or soap on him just plain water so his skin is fine.

Blazing88 Sat 30-May-15 14:31:40

Every day. Both of them. Neither have skin problems.

Both of them need their bits washing. Why would you faff with a flannel when you can dip them in, let them enjoy splashing around and let the warm water lower their body temp ready to go to bed?!

Em1503 Sat 30-May-15 21:01:04

About 3 times per week here. DD is nearly 10 months old. She hates baths as a baby so never established it as part of her bedtime routine and to be honest I find it hard to fit in. Evening seem to be the most hectic part of the day. I usually bath her in the morning, it works for us.

hopelesslydevotedtoGu Sat 30-May-15 21:08:22

2-3 Times a week for a 1 yr old. As you say, frequent washing can lead to dry skin, and I want to avoid eczema. We enjoy baths, but no need to do it everyday.

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