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My family thinks I'm nuts because I only bathe DS a couple times a week. He absolutely hates water and it's a huge struggle to get him to even sit, even when I'm in there with him. Same deal with showers. I end up sponge bathing him most of the time. I thought most babes liked water?<br><br>
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How old is your baby? Mine's just over a month and we haven't bathed him yet, we just wipe him with a damp cloth. He doesn't smell bad and it's not like he's working under a car.
 

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My baby is 17do so we are still sponge bathing and then washing hair in the sink...they insisted he get bathed the night he was born (hospital birth). and we bathed him for the 4th time in his life last night (because his haie had got all sweaty and he spit up (like prety much threw up) all over himself.<br><br>
I agree - if the kid looks clean and smells clean...they probably are clean!
 

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I think it is a cultural obsession to think a little babe needs a bath every night. I think it just rinses off all the good stuff on the skin, not just the bad stuff. Lea (6 month) and Kristoffer (2.5y) get a bath about 2 times a week - when it has been several days or they are very dirty for some reason (wet sand, cheerios encrusted in the hair....) Neither of them ever smell bad and no one has ever commented that they are dirty. I think over-bathing is just as bad as being dirty.
 

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Abby (4 mos) gets a bath a couple times a week, sometimes only 1. I forget about it somedays <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> . No ill effects here, she's happy & healthy!!
 

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DS2 was born at home and never even got into water until he was 1-2 months old and then he got a bath about once a month until he was around 8 months old. I think that they just don't get all that dirty that young. (He was bald which definitely helped.) Now that he's 13 mos and the weather is warm and he's down playing on the ground a nightly bath is a must!
 

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Does playing in sink of water count as a bath? DH does not like to put soap in the bath water and continues to run the water while DS plays. If playing in a sink of water does not count as a bath, then DS has never had a bath (aside from sponge baths for the first three months).
 

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I stopped bathing my DD every night when she developed eczema patches around 3 months old. I still only bathe her 1-2 times/week, and she's 17 months old. Maybe that's gross, but she isn't dirty. I wash her face, hands, and feet every day, but she really doesn't need a bath, and bathing so infrequently has allowed her eczema to completely disappear.
 

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My dd is 1 month and we bath 1 a week. I wipe her with a cloth to wash off spit up and poop. THat's what my midwife recommended, and that's what I''m comfortable with anyway!<br>
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Ohh yay for this thread!! I've been debating whether or not to post one exactly like it! DS only gets a bath 1-2x a wk at most... and wasn't sure if that was OK or normal<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Good to see hes not alone!!
 

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Every 2-3 days generally, she might get an unscheduled one if she has an exceptionally explosive poo or anything else that actually makes her dirty <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I do top and tail every day though.
 

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same here-basically whenever necessary-now that he is 1 that is more often because he gets dirty. It is still not every night-and he likes baths.
 

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My daughters' get a bath everynite and have since they were born.
 

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I sponge-bathed her every week or two for the first two months. Now that it's summer, we bathe her 1-2 x per week, but she likes it. She plays with her rubber duckies and splashes. If she didn't like it I think I'd do it once per week and sponge her down the other time, if necessary. No point in torturing her.<br><br>
I only use an organic bath / shampoo foam and just a little bit, mainly on the hair. She's been touching more things and it's very dusty here so her hair does get matted if I don't wash it at least once per week.<br><br>
I myself only bathe every other day, or every three days. It's bad for the skin and hair to bathe too often!
 

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Aaron got his first bath at 2 weeks, and I think his 2nd one was at 2 months. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I try to bathe him once every couple weeks, although I honestly can't remember the last time he had a bath <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:, so I think it's been more like 6 weeks. I need to do it this week, as his cradle cap is just starting to reappear a tiny bit, and I want to nip it in the bud. My toddler has a TON of cradle cap (he's almost 3), and bathing does help it.<br><br>
The only part that gets dirty on Aaron is his face and his bottom, and the face gets washed as needed, and the bottom gets washed when he poops, so he's ok without a bath until it's time to wash his hair. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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At 3 months we're giving DD a bath once a week. Well, a shower really. What little bit of hair she has left needs washing by then (mostly from spit up that magically wraps around her head <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">). Plus, we do a family shower and it's nice bonding time.<br><br>
I will do baths with her when she seems to want to play in the water and can sit up with some assistance.
 

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wow. I feel like DD is so dirty after reading all these posts. I only bathe her when she's dirty or has spit up on herself or we had a really messy diaper i couldn't clean properly. On average she gets a bath once a week, but I've been known to go for longer. She's 6 mo.
 
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