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1 Mistake You're Probably Making at Baby's Bathtime

Posted by on Nov. 8, 2014 at 9:01 PM
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Bathtime with baby is a constant adventure. From deciding where to do it, how to wash them, and what products to use, new parents face a ton of questions. But new research is taking on a whole new angle and suggesting that parents should limit how often they bathe their babies.

The study, which looks into skin allergies and eczema in babies, suggests that too frequent baths and skipping of the moisturizer can lead to dry, itchy, and inflamed skin in babies.

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Study authors took 124 babies and their parents and divided them into two groups: one group applied fragrance-free moisturizer to the baby's skin once a day, and the other did not. After six months, the group that didn't moisturize was twice as likely to have developed eczema.

The secret is all in the moisture. The soaps, shampoos, and other bath products all dry out the skin. Water and air drying also don't help. So lessening the amount of times your bathe your baby along with daily moisturizing could be the key to keeping that coveted "baby soft skin" softer for longer.

How often do/did you bathe your baby?

by on Nov. 8, 2014 at 9:01 PM
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darbyakeep45
by Darby on Nov. 9, 2014 at 7:36 AM

Brady gets a bath at least once per day sometimes twice per day.  We do need to use lotion more though.  Thanks for sharing!

jjamom
by Michele on Nov. 9, 2014 at 7:56 AM
I never bathed any of my babies everyday unless they were sick and really needed it. Every other day worked for us and no skin issues here. My son has hypothyroidism and the endocrinologist checks him for dry skin each time we see her, but he's good.
michele115
by Michele on Nov. 9, 2014 at 8:41 PM
I think I bathed Logan every day but I also slathered him in baby oil every day too. It was a running joke at my house that he would be too slippery to hold.
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