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How often are you bathing your newborn?

post #1 of 45
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My son is 5 weeks old... we wash his face in the morning and rinse his bum when it's an explosive poop... we have also been trying to establish a nighttime routine... bath, nurse, tummy time with dad, nurse and sleep.... wait, I forgot the other reason we've been bathing him everyday... because we've been treating thrush....


but is bathing him every night too often?....
post #2 of 45
Olivia has had three baths. She doesn't spit up, so I don't really feel the need to bathe her that often ...

I might worry about dry skin with daily baths. Does he feel dry?
post #3 of 45
I would also worry about too frequent bathing.

Baby gets one every 3-4 days. She showers with me.
post #4 of 45
I think we've done 5 baths. She doesn't stink at all.
post #5 of 45
I have to curb my bathing urges - but there are few things more lovely than bathing with your newborn.

Also reminds me of his first moments of his post-womb life (waterbirth.)

Oh snickerdoodle, there goes my letdown.



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Yuri has had 2 baths. I keep forgetting that all of your newborns are like a month older than mine. (He just hit 2 weeks.) :
post #6 of 45
viano is almost 3 weeks and we haven't bathed her yet....maybe this weekend...
post #7 of 45
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Originally Posted by Katfka View Post
Oh snickerdoodle, there goes my letdown.


I think Toren has had 3 or 4 at this point- mostly we wipe him down with a warm, wet rag.
post #8 of 45

hahahahaha

Whats "bathing?"

This baby is so dirty.

I take her in the shower with me when I can. But I dont bathe her very often. maybe once a week?
post #9 of 45
Cooper is 6 weeks now and he has had one sponge(washcloth) bath in the baby bathtub. Otherwise I have wiped him down with wet cloth wipes a few times and I try to wipe his face on a regular basis, but that's it.

I too would worry about dry skin in bathing a baby every day especially during the winter.
post #10 of 45
Dd is 5 1/2 weeks. We only gave sponge baths up until she was 3 weeks. Now I am trying to give her a bath once a week so she gets used to it. I've heard not to bathe more than once or twice a week at first, though. Plus most newborns don't need more than that.
post #11 of 45
I think it's fine to bathe him daily...esp if you are establishing a routine. If you are concerned about his skin, skip the soap and add a baby massage after the bath.

I bathed my 1st daily, my 2nd every other day, and this one about once a week.

Christa
post #12 of 45
every other night the 3 of us do a family shower. she LOVES it. if she seemed like she was getting dry, i'd just stop soaping her as often, but she really likes the whole process so we just have a blast doing it. she sleeps better - as in, more relaxed, not longer - on shower nights.

i think every night is too much if it SEEMS like too much. but if his skin is fine and it's treating his thrush or helping him sleep better then i don't see how it's a big deal.
post #13 of 45
ok,well i felt guilty for not bathing my baby afyter reading this so i gave her a bath this morning and she hated it. poor little pumpkin...
post #14 of 45
The Boy gets a bath, probably twice a week or rather a shower with one of us since we finally figured out how to do it. I went into motherhood thinking there was no need to bathe newborns more than once a week and certainly no need to use soap but he sleeps with his head in my armpit and I leak milk all over him at night so after a few days he smells like a locker room.

By the way, for those of you who bathe with your babies, how warm do you make the water? When he's in with me, I stand there and shiver while DH insists the water isn't much different than what he showers in himself. Apparently I take super hot showers.
post #15 of 45
i take BOILING hot showers alone. with the baby, i'll make the temp a little less hot, but it's still pretty warm. not as hot as i like. i'll fill up a little mug of water and put my wrist and elbow in and judge w/that if it's too hot.
post #16 of 45
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but he sleeps with his head in my armpit and I leak milk all over him at night so after a few days he smells like a locker room.

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post #17 of 45
DD is 4 weeks old. She has had two sponge baths and been dipped in a water bath for about 5 sec - which she informed me in no uncertain term was unacceptable.
post #18 of 45
maya hates being bathed (exhibit 1) unless she's on my lap in the tub or held by daddy in the shower. then she looooooves it.
post #19 of 45
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maya hates being bathed (exhibit 1) unless she's on my lap in the tub or held by daddy in the shower. then she looooooves it.
I have that tub. I think the babies get COLD in it.

try submerging baby (except head, of course) in deep water where they can "float." (and nurse!)

they'll love baths.
post #20 of 45
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I have that tub. I think the babies get COLD in it.
i think you are absolutely right. she would always feel cold to the touch after the bath. now, we usually shower w/her but sometimes i will bathe her in the tub with me. the bathroom is all nice and warm and steamy, and i dry her in the bathroom, then take her right out to the changing table for a lotion massage and a change into PJs. her skin is all warm, she's happy and cooing, and it's so adorable. i feel bad for the times i tortured her in that tub.
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