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Babies Encyclopedia: How often should I bathe my baby?

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Asked by CafeMom Team at 6:07 PM on Sep. 8, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • i bathe my son once a week, unless he has a major blow out. Other then that I keep wipes on hand.

    Answer by natasha86 at 6:14 PM on Sep. 8, 2010

  • it depends on how often he is dirty, and how much he soils himself. very young babies don't need a full-out bath all the time.

    Answer by dullscissors at 6:14 PM on Sep. 8, 2010

  • Depends on how your baby is. This is what I did with all 4 of my. The first month or two they got a real good bath once a week. I would usually do a sponge bath every other day. Then after about 2 months I would get them a regular bath every other day unless they spit up or had explosive diarrhea then it was everyday. After about 6 months when they could sit up well then I gave them a bath every day. They love to play in the water and just sit there.

    Answer by itsallabtthem84 at 6:16 PM on Sep. 8, 2010

  • Babies do NOT need to be bathed every day. They really only need baths when they are dirty. For my second born, sometimes that was every day and sometimes it was every couple of days. He was GREAT at spitting up all over himself and me! Don't tell anyone, but my firstborn didn't get bathed for about 3 weeks. I wanted my husband to be there to take pictures and he was working crazy hours between his two jobs!

    Answer by micheledo at 6:23 PM on Sep. 8, 2010

  • I bathe my son nightly. He just plays in the water, I only use soap a few nights though, usually only if he made a mess of himself with dinner or if he just generally stinks :-)

    Answer by mommyajay at 6:28 PM on Sep. 8, 2010

  • i bathe my ten and a half month old son everyday. he gets dirty a lot. when he was a newborn i only gave him a bath every other day.

    Answer by xavierlogan09 at 6:29 PM on Sep. 8, 2010

  • Every 2-3 days or when they get dirty.

    Answer by missanc at 6:29 PM on Sep. 8, 2010

  • I think it depends on how old they are...I didn't bathe my daughter more than once a week when she was a newborn, but now at 9 months, with her crawling around & getting banana all over her body, she gets a bath every other night.

    Answer by Wheepingchree at 6:39 PM on Sep. 8, 2010

  • Depending on the child & what he is doing (big difference in 2mo & 10mo old).. I personally went about every 3-4 days I think..
    Once she was old enough to enjoy it, sitting up & splash we had more but it was more for fun..
    At almost 4yo she gets a bath usually every other night..

    Answer by MommaTasha1003 at 6:44 PM on Sep. 8, 2010

  • They don't need a bath everyday, unless they are clearly dirty. When they are really little they don't do much to actually get dirty. once they are old enough to crawl and pull up and move all over the house that's when you will notice they will be dirtier than before!! :)

    Answer by sugaree at 6:48 PM on Sep. 8, 2010

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