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How often does your child bathe?

Posted by on Mar. 9, 2013 at 9:16 AM
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Kid Bathes Only Once a Week & That’s Good Enough for This Mom

by Adriana Velez 

rubber duckyI'm just curious ... how often do you bathe your kids? I ask, because I suspect I am way, WAY out of the norm. Most kids we know started taking nightly baths as part of their bedtime routine when they were toddlers. Maybe even before that, when they were babies. Not my kid.

Nope. I'm lucky if I can get my 9-year-old son to take a shower once a week. And it's a huge ordeal. I shower more often than my child. Shouldn't it be the other way around?

I guess it started when he was a baby. The books I read recommended against bathing every day because it just strips away your baby's natural oils. Plus, he HATED baths. By the time he was a toddler, he kind of started enjoying them more -- that is, until it was time to wash his hair. I tried to be gentle, but I swear, he cried every time I washed his hair well into the first grade! Maybe even past that. (This is the last embarrassing thing I get to write about my kid, like ever, right?)

As far as making bathtime part of a soothing bedtime ritual goes -- no. There was none of that for us. Way too much drama and mess. Honestly, I don't know how parents do that night after night.

It was a huge relief when I stopped bathing him myself and he started taking showers by himself -- and washing his own hair himself. But it's still a major hassle. It's one of the few times I ever have to badger him to do something. He would rather do his math homework than take a shower. He would rather set the table or clean his room.

But then he finishes (at last, after getting water everywhere and coming in and out because he forgets things and leaving his towels on the floor) and he smells so much better! And his hair is all shiny. And I think -- my God, we should make him shower more often.

Oh well, maybe we'll insist once he hits puberty and really starts to smell. Anyway, I don't mind having the bathroom all to myself every morning, so I'm not complaining quite yet!

How often does your child bathe?

by on Mar. 9, 2013 at 9:16 AM
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Y2kmomma
by on Mar. 9, 2013 at 9:18 AM
Just about every other day. Except in the summer...she always outside and all so every day.
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mom4awesomekids
by on Mar. 9, 2013 at 9:19 AM
Every other day.
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Msgme
by Platinum Member on Mar. 9, 2013 at 9:20 AM

My kids shower every morning. 

makelineerror
by on Mar. 9, 2013 at 9:27 AM
Every other day. I have two kids, and they alternate. Sometimes the routine gets messed up, but we usually get back on track within a day or two.
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calsmom62
by Gold Member on Mar. 9, 2013 at 9:35 AM
When they were little, it was less often, 3-4 times aweek unless they were playing outside, went swimming, etc. Now they are teen/ preteen and its everyday. 2x if they had sports or I think they are ripe
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alli1204
by Silver Member on Mar. 9, 2013 at 9:39 AM
Every day
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gcstar42
by Shara on Mar. 9, 2013 at 9:43 AM

My kids are dirty kids lol and I typically make them bathe every day. They play outside a lot and sit in the dirt and dig holes and pretend cook with dirt and mud and sticks and leaves and all that good stuff lol. And a good chunk of it usually ends up on them. If they were inside all day andf didnt do much to get dirty I will let them skip a bath, but that is not very often. I can't imagine them bathing once a week. Honestly that is a little disgusting to me. Even if they did not like baths I am the parent and I will make them bathe no matter what kind of drama. But to each their own! Lol.

MissTacoBell
by Taco Bell Princess on Mar. 9, 2013 at 9:49 AM
3-4 times a week. More often than that and their skin gets breakouts (raw rashes not zits).
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kidlover2
by on Mar. 9, 2013 at 9:50 AM
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This exactly

Quoting Y2kmomma:

Just about every other day. Except in the summer...she always outside and all so every day.
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LancesMom
by Ruby Member on Mar. 9, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Mine does once a day!

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