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post #121 of 135
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So it would seem we have a vide vareity of bathing preferences here...hmmm! Very cool!!


I will say that DDs baths are coming at more regular intervals, as she is mobile and gets into more and is beginning to be more of an outside dweller....this is her first summer as a standing, walking person...last summer she was BORN! So...I'm sure she will begin to get more in the way of warmish baths as the summer progresses and she is more and more filthy by the end of the day! But she will NOT be soapy....no soap for her but every once in a great great while.

I will also comment on the "going to bed clean" feeling. I DO love the feeling of going to bed squeaky clean...it's like "clean sheet night"....in fact, if I have clean sheets on the bed, I HAVE to go to bed clean!! It's not that I don't love showers and baths...I do, very much....I have just found that they are not necessary....the most wonderful change has taken place in my hair and skin since I stopped all the showering...not just the soap, but really the whole kit and kaboodle...my curly wild hair is sooo much healthier and my skin, the same. Also, FAR fewer yeast infections for me...even though it's been since I was a kid that I used soap on my vulva/vagina...somehow, the water, or maybe soap dripping down, was irritating my lady parts...yeast has always been a problem for me...but not so much since my showering habits changed! SO...for me, it works....that being said, I DO get a wash cloth nice and steaming hot and hit the "hot spots" so as to stay feeling fresh....but only with a steamy hot cloth....it's nice. I wash my feet too...so I can keep from sullying up my bed linens...but beyond that, I'm very happy with my bathing schedule!!

Oh...and I live in New Hampshire...another mama asked that a few posts up. It becomes opressively hot and humid during the summer here....winter my bathing sloooooows way down, during those cold harsh months I bathe more for warming, comforting purposes than anything else...in the fall and spring I am a moderate bather...but during the summer months, it will step up a bit more...with a body rinse more than anything...but still, not REALLY showering.

Cool to know this about you mamas....the answers are actually a bit more toward the bathing everyday side than I thought it wouldbe!!! Learning new things every day about my MDC mama friends!!
post #122 of 135
I am an every morning showerer. I use soap, shampoo and conditioner every time. I am in the fine/thin straight hair club, and it gets gross and greasy if I don't wash it. Sometimes I will skip one day if I get up late or something. But, that is more likely in the wintertime. lol Summer is hot and sweaty here. DH showers/washes every weekday but will often skip it on the weekends. I notice he does smell when he skips though. I shower the kids a couple of times a week. It's usually just an as needed thing with them. The only 'scheduled' one is Saturday night DH bathes the two big ones, and occasionally the babe will jump in with them too. My showers are typically pretty short, around 5-8 minutes. DH takes long-like 20 minutes showers. I can't get on with my day without my shower and coffee. lol.
post #123 of 135
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Originally Posted by AverysMomma View Post
I have just found that they are not necessary....the most wonderful change has taken place in my hair and skin since I stopped all the showering...not just the soap, but really the whole kit and kaboodle...my curly wild hair is sooo much healthier and my skin, the same.
You know, the same thing has happened to me. I first started showering every other day when I was in college and couldn't drag my butt out of bed early every morning, lol. Back then I needed to wear my hair back on the second day because it got pretty greasy and gross looking. As time went on though and it adjusted it started to get a whole lot healthier. Same thing with my face- I am prone to breakouts but I get them infrequently now. I do believe that it is because my face isn't drying out daily in the shower.
post #124 of 135
I shower every day, but I do not use soap. I've washed my body with water only for as long as I can remember. I do shampoo my hair about once a week, and I use conditioner on the ends nearly every day. I have curly hair, and it's very difficult to deal with if I don't get it wet in the mornings. I wash my face with honey, and I will add in some baking soda once or twice a week. I will occasionally rub with some baking soda on other parts of my body, but that's pretty rare.


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post #125 of 135
I tend to shower/bathe every 2-3 days and my 2 year old about once a week. DP showers daily (weekdays) because he is a mechanic. I must also add that I noticed a huge improvement in my hair when I stopped using shampoo as frequently - I wash my hair about once a week still.
post #126 of 135
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i like to shower. i like to go to bed "clean." i like the feeling of clean feet on clean sheets.
I have to say that I've occasionally taken a bath "out of sequence", just because we happened to wash the sheets that day, and I really enjoy that feeling of slipping a freshly bathed me between freshly laundered sheets. I loved it when I was a kid, too.
post #127 of 135
Aw the simple comforts in life. I also love this.
post #128 of 135
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Aw the simple comforts in life. I also love this.
Me too! There is nothing like sleeping on clean sheets, right after a nice warm shower. Mmmmm. You guys are making me want to wash our sheets!
post #129 of 135
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Aw the simple comforts in life. I also love this.
Amen...aaamen.
post #130 of 135
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Originally Posted by AverysMomma View Post
I dislike bathing every day....in fact, I'd say that I bathe, mmmm probably to be very very honest, a tad bit more than once a week. On average...probably every five days. My DH bathes every. single. day. To me, this feels bordreline CRAZY! That's just sooo much!

I used to bathe more. I mean, as a kid not as much...we didn't shower daily in our house...we would wet and style our hair, lotion, things like that...but actually washing everything was not so much...my mother said it was bad for the natural oils in the skin/scalp and I believed her.

Now that we have DD, I can see that children require much more cleaning..so she gets a warm washcloth "rub down" once or twice a day...and a nice olive oil or some other sort of oiling/lotioning...about daily. She is clean and smells sweet like a flower....so do I, for that matter! DH smells wonderful...we don't like lots of perfumed soaps, etc...he just smells clean all the time.

Now, DH gets smelly and gross at work all day, plus taking a shower is a nice way for him to unwind...so I get that. But I'm realizing more and more, that his way, the daily shower, is the norm! I feel embarassed sometimes around other mamas, because I can tell that a daily bath is a huge part of a lot of family routines...seems every parent I know bathes their kiddos daily, a lot of them as a before bed, wind down ritual.

What do you mamas and papas do? Do any of you bathe less? I'm not stinky, I swear! No one I know IRL, except for DH, really knows or would guess that I'm not a daily showerer. I mean, I do a nice rub down with a hot cloth, etc. if it's a hot day...but for the most part, like I said...every 4-5 days is my normal. Is this normal for any of you?

Am I missing something with my DD, neglecting something I'm supposed to be teacing her, by not bathing her daily?? She likes baths...but she definitely does NOT get a bath every day.

I enjoy bathing, DD does too..she loves water...but I do not think it's so good for the body to be soaping up all the time like that. Don't ven get me started on shampoo...I'm very suspicious of shampoos.

Thoughts...any of you??
I shower just about every single day. I don't soap up every time, though. I do shampoo my hair at least every other day. If I don't, my head stinks something awful. I also have to apply conditioner every time I shampoo to avoid the tangles. But I do feel yucky if I don't shower once a day. This is mostly just rinsing my body off of dirt and sweat. That doesn't require soap to accomplish.

My daughters shower with me most of the time. Sometimes, they just want to take a bath to play in the bubbles. I use a hand soap as a bubble bath because it makes big bubbles, was really cheap, I have it already and their skin is so soft afterward. I rarely shampoo their hair. I condition their hair at least once per week. If I use too much shampoo/soap, it seriously dries out their skin and hair so that is why it's only done as little as possible.
post #131 of 135
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I wash my face with honey, and I will add in some baking soda once or twice a week.
I've always just used water to wash my face. I've used face lotions on occasion, on and off. A face washing thread here on MDC recommended using honey as a face wash. I went out and bought some honey. I washed my face with said honey, following all the MDC tips on how to. It dried my skin so terrible. But I had honey for baking and cooking for a long while after that.
post #132 of 135
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I've always just used water to wash my face. I've used face lotions on occasion, on and off. A face washing thread here on MDC recommended using honey as a face wash. I went out and bought some honey. I washed my face with said honey, following all the MDC tips on how to. It dried my skin so terrible. But I had honey for baking and cooking for a long while after that.
I'm intrigued by this honey face washing....I think I may try it, for the fact alone that I'm an absolute fiend for honey....mmmmm
post #133 of 135
We have to bathe every day before bed. DH has cat allergies, and we all cosleep, so we have to wash off any allergens before getting into bed. We use the nightly bath as a relaxing bedtime ritual.

I personally also like a shower in the morning to help wake me up - something about the water on my skin just helps revitalize me and gets me ready to face the day. So, before marriage I took 1 shower a day, now it's always at least 2 showers a day.
post #134 of 135
I am also an infrequent bather. I average a shower about once a week and use a hot facecloth on the in-between days. When I do shower I only use homemade soap and even then it is only on my sweaty parts, oh and I don't use shampoo. My DS, who is 3, has a bath about once a week as well and washes himself in the sink nightly with warm water and a facecloth. We do wash our feet about 2-3 times a day because we like to be barefoot as much as possible even outside. My DH on the otherhand showers almost everyday, not out of necessity but as a relaxing way to start his day. We are definitely not a stinky family, we are always "clean" and "fresh" smelling, most people would never guess our bathing habbits. We also enjoy the water very much but just don't enjoy a shower everyday, if we do it makes our skin very dry and itchy. I guess everyone has a different comfort zone when it comes to bathing.
post #135 of 135
Oh, another variable I forgot to mention for stinkiness is where you live. Not just weather: pollution. I visited Sydney a couple of years back and it was GROSS - after walking around the city I'd get this fine, sticky film on me. I felt grimy the entire time, and the water actually ran off me dirty in the shower. It was nasty. Oddly, I visited Melbourne on the same trip and it didn't make me noticeably dirtier at all. There was a plague of moths in Sydney at the time, too, which may have had something to do with it.

So it's possible a person living in, say, Chicago might need to bathe more often than someone living in a small town in Kansas.
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