I am just wondering what the average is per week. DS is 17mos and bath time is not part of his bedtime routine, so I find myself bathing him only about twice/week. Just wondering if that is average or if others are bathing more often and I'm a "dirty" mom!
How often do you bathe the babe?
Not to mention our water here is craptacular and makes skin and hair dry (and scalps scab over).
I bathe DD at least every other day, but usually it is everyday. Reason? Ever since she pottytrained, she wipes her own bum after pees. I try to wipe her with a wipe when I can, but she has always been so independent she gets everything done without my knowing. (I have only missed a few poos thank god) But, she does not do a good job, so her vulva would get red if we did not bathe her almost daily. So we just got in that habit around her second birthday. Second, she loves the bath and it is just our routine. I shower, she jumps in towards the end, I get her cleaned up (or sometimes we just skip that,) then I jump out and plug up the tub. She plays in the bath while I get ready and dressed. I guess she is spoiled. (she might think so, but I realize other toddlers HATE the bath.)
It varies here. Sometimes we do a bath everyday, sometimes as little as 1-2 times a week. It all depends on how much food he gets in his hair During the summer we were outdoors hiking and rolling around in the dirt, so I generally bathed him everyday. But during the winter, he doesn't get nearly as dirty, so bath time is generally every 2-3 days.
I guess I would qualify as a "dirty" mom, but I only bathe my 19-month-old once a week. She just doesn't seem to need it. I have sensitive skin myself, and it took me years to realize that hot showers in the winter were doing me no favors. I imagine I will have to start bathing her more once it turns warmer and we spend more time outdoors, but for now, our routine seems to be fine.
When he was a baby, I bathed him far less often than I always meant to. Now it's part of his nightly routine, unless time doesn't allow for it or my husband's not there to help. This is less because I feel he needs that many baths and more because he LOVES them and it's a nice bonding time for us. We have to hold him back to keep him from trying to climb in before I've got the water ready! Though he does seem to get smelly if I don't give him a bath for a few days now, so I try not to skip more than one night in a row. But I can still count on one hand the number of times I've used soap on him...he smells better without it. :)
In the summer it was almost daily because he got all sweaty and his feet would stink from wearing sandals. The previous summer when he was a crawling infant it was daily cause he'd get dirty. In the winter it's every other day or every 2 days. He poops 3-4 times a day and no matter how well I wipe, he can still be smelly.
We do a couple times a week and throw in an extra if a blow-out preventer didn't prevent a big blow-out. Also, we might do an extra here and there as an activity or to calm him down. People's practices with bathing babies varies a whole lot...there is no "right" or "wrong." Do what you like and what your baby needs/enjoys.
we're pretty dirty.. she might get a bath once a week. she has gotten a little more smelly as of late, though, so we will try to up this a bit. it tends to wire her up as she's a big splasher, and i woh and bathe with her when we do bathe, so it's not really part of the nightly routine for us.
Once a week for my 20m old. The girls were about the same as well. DS could use one more often only because he has a lot of hair and his favorite thing to do is wipe his food in his hair. After a week, his hair is NASTY but he hates baths so once a week I'll toss him in and wash his hair.