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when to start bathing a child every night?

i know when babies are really young you are not to bath them every night because it will dry out there skin, but when is it okay to start allthe time?

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 8:26 PM on Aug. 9, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • When they get dirty all the time. Seriously. At least that's what we go by...my 5 year old still doesn't shower every night. He does pretty much every other night, but not every. He gets into sports or something, then probably...or develops B.O. LOL
    TiccledBlue

    Answer by TiccledBlue at 8:28 PM on Aug. 9, 2009

  • My son was 6 month before i started bathing him every night. But my son was 3lbs when he came home from the hospital and it scared me to give him a bath so i just used a wash cloth with soap and water for a long time until he gained some weight.
    Pooky_mommy

    Answer by Pooky_mommy at 8:30 PM on Aug. 9, 2009

  • I don't give a bath to my one year old every day. I wash his hands and feet in the sink and every other day bath.
    Proud2bJmom

    Answer by Proud2bJmom at 8:33 PM on Aug. 9, 2009

  • The first poster is right. The doctor I spoke to said not until they are dirty. Bathing dries out skin, so not every day until they are dirty or stinky every day.
    Petie

    Answer by Petie at 8:36 PM on Aug. 9, 2009

  • I started bathing my daughter every night at about 7 1/2 months. It helped me get her on her nighttime routine. Shes almost a year now and she knows exactly what to expect. I always give her a bath about 7:30 then bedtime at 8. A couple nights ago I really didn't want to give her a bath but so i decided not to well she actually walked into the bathroom waiting for me to turn on the water. She loves her baths
    drs1206

    Answer by drs1206 at 8:43 PM on Aug. 9, 2009

  • my son is two months old and ive been giving him a bath every night since his cord fell off. his skin doesnt get dried out because i put lotion all over him right after his bath. he loves his bath and its fun, plus he gets forumla on him and etc. so
    PURPULbutterfly

    Answer by PURPULbutterfly at 8:45 PM on Aug. 9, 2009

  • you will be able to tell when they need it
    jbirchard

    Answer by jbirchard at 8:53 PM on Aug. 9, 2009

  • I started bathing my daughter every night around 4 weeks. I read somewhere that a bath lowers body temperature and signals the body to sleep...so we used it as part of a bedtime routine. She slept 6 hours at night by 6 wks. and was sleeping 10-11 hours by 8 wks. I think it helped. I didn't stop bathing every night until 7-8 mo. Once she started really moving around a lot (crawling, rolling, etc.) her skin started drying out in places. She is 15 mo. now and I only bathe her every 2nd or 3rd day....usually when she puts oatmeal in her hair or rolls in mud, etc. **we also live in a warm climate that doesn't get dry...if we still lived in say, Toronto, there is no way a bath every night would make sense...she'd dry out way too much.
    ANGIE409

    Answer by ANGIE409 at 8:54 PM on Aug. 9, 2009

  • ive been bathing my 2 month old every night since her cord fell off also..i use lotion afterwards too, and that helps relax her for bed..shes been sleeping thru the night since about 4-5 weeks..she loves it..and esspecialy wen they are formula fed, it gets down in thier neck rolls and stinks
    MaciesMommy09

    Answer by MaciesMommy09 at 10:07 PM on Aug. 9, 2009

  • i have never bathed my son 2 days in a row unless he is out and about doing something to get dirty. He just turned 1 and I bathe him every other day or sometimes go for 2 days. babies have a high metabolism, and do not sweat much if at all.
    truthteller0722

    Answer by truthteller0722 at 10:20 PM on Aug. 9, 2009

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