Bit of a banal topic but interested! I don’t remember baths being a massively frequent thing as a child, maybe weekly! A lot more when we lived in Asia and hot weather, pools etc. I currently bathe my 7-month-old every three days, with a penny-sized drop of baby weleda or earth friendly calendula wash, and he has lovely healthy skin. Sometimes by the third day he can smell a tiny bit whiffy so wondering if perhaps every other day would be better. Did it change as they grew (got messier!) and in summer months for you?
When dd was born we bathed her in just water every day - think it was more my obsession with a routine back then than anything else. When ds came along it got less frequent as I found it harder - we’d all get in together every other day I think it was.
This seemed to get less and less and now they get in 2 or 3 times a week (unless I’m having a bad week and it may be more like once a week! Gulp!). This is because it is SOOO messy. They tend to get in when they ask to or if they haven’t asked I make sure they look and smell clean! Eg, if they’ve had a garden day and been up to their armpits in mud then they get in. Being older now they do everything themselves (thankfully they have also learned to rinse out their own hair after a hairwash too now since I’ve been pg and found it harder to bend over the bath. I just squeeze shampoo onto their hands and they rub it in and stand under the shower to rinse it off.).
When they were in nappies they’d have their bottom area cleaned regularly anyway so I don’t see the point in daily bathing anymore (I was just obsessed with routine when dd was tiny). When this teeny one arrives he’ll get in with me (more than likely in the shower most of the time as I tend to shower more than bath and my other two LOVED being in the shower).
Definitely weekly, but Rye is enjoying his baths at the moment, so he often asks for a couple during the week..although those are play baths which can last hours, rather than have a good wash bath IYSWIM.
I only use horns and halos, so there’s some bubbles, I tend to use the bubble one as his hair shampoo too, although I did buy some separate horns& halos shampoo last time because it smells lovely (melon)..lasts forever because i only wash rye’s hair once a month, if that.
His hair never seems to get greasy or anything, a bit lank sometimes but then a few days later it’s fine again, and I know how shampooing strips the hair of oils, so more often than not it’s just wetting his hair.
I am very laid back about baths because Rye goes through phases of being worried about water, the reason I don’t wash his hair very often is because when he was younger he would scream blue murder and try to climb up me when I tried to wash his hair, so it got left. And in doing so I realised that his hair didn’t need washing very regularly.
And actually in the summer.. he barely baths because I just chuck some bubbles in the paddling pool, dont’ see the point of wasting water by running him a separate bath when he’s already clean from playing in the paddling pool!
What a good idea about the paddling pool! Z doesn’t really need his hair washed either unless he gets food in it! I do it weekly but now reading about Rye, I don’t even think weekly is necessary. It doesn’t look like it needs doing.
When Oaks was younger it was infrequently, and more if I fancied a bath then he’d come in with me. Now he is 3 and a half (how did that happen..??) he has one every morning whilst I’m in the shower. I don’t wash him particularly, he does it. I do his hair about once a week if not longer-another one whose hair never seems dirty unless he has put something in it.
Len and Fliss have a bath (at least one!) every day, because they like them. I only use shampoo (green baby) if they have something in their hair, we have faith in nature bubbles. Miri comes in with me about once a week, or when she smells as she is a sicky baby!
Roo has a bath a twice a week with me and we use a spot Weleda calendula wash. I wash her hair when she needs it i.e food rubbed in, other wise its just water. If she gets food all over her or has a poo incident then she gets dunked more often.
I think Roo would have one every day if I let her, she LOVES being in water and splashing and often grumbles when we take her out.
no less than once a week here, sow times every day and some times once a week
I just use what eve shampoo is to hand currently it’s herbal essence, we don’t use soap of any kind
baby is5 weeks and has only had 1 bath I think.
mine tend to choose when they want a wash !
Both our girls love baths; we tend to have a bath each day, shared between all of us! DD2 and I go in first, then DD1 joins us after DH has read to her, and then DH gets DD2 dry before I get out and take her up for a bedtime feed while DH finishes off the bath with DD1. It works for us! We use the Weleda calendula stuff - sometimes the body/hair wash, sometimes the herbal bath, sometimes the cream herbal bath - but we only really do bubbles and hair-washing if there’s obviously some grub which water won’t shift.
I have never quite understood how both girls’ hair appears to be having A Good Day ALL THE TIME despite the lack of washing and brushing! If only mine would follow suit…
Hubby baths Poppy every day unless we are coming home from a party or meal out late (very rare).
It is part of our routine and just helps her to settle for the night. The only thing that might change is the time - like if she comes home from the childminder totally bouncing off the walls then he baths her whilst I get dinner ready, otherwise it is after dinner.
They share the bath and he insists on bubbles, so they usually use earth friendly baby bubble bath and weleda hair and body wash, he washes her hair every night.
If we had a shower I would prefer that personally but as a long play in the bath bath uses less water than a long shower (depending on the size of the bath!) I think it is probablly better we don’t have a shower!
DD (2 yrs. 9 months) gets a bath only once a week, although she LOVES her bath and would gladly have it more often. It’s more a case of us being lazy, and frankly she just doesn’t get dirty or smell dirty—when we are in Malaysia, where it’s hot and she sweats a lot, she gets her bath once a day. We wash her hair every time she gets a bath. For the first 6 months or so of her life we just did plain water with handfuls of oats and wheat germ chucked in; after that we started using the Weleda baby wash (though we still put in oats and wheat germ!), which is what we still use. She has a tendency towards dry skin, so she also gets an oil massage (I just use olive or sesame oil, whatever I have on hand, no special baby massage oil) after her bath.
Once a week for sure (on a Tuesday morning after having been swimming late on Monday evening), and maybe once more towards the end of the week, certainly no more than that! Hair washes only when it can’t be avoided (due to glue in hair or looking really lank), sometimes they do “play” in a very shallow bath, sometimes just paddling though which doesn’t really count! We use Earth Friendly Kids products, and Jason Kids Only shampoo which lasts ages.
My DD has a quick shower every morning because she still wears a pull up type thing at night and does still wake with it wet quite often. She loves baths because she loves playing in water but she has one about once a week usually at the weekend or on a morning when we don’t have to rush out to home ed activities. That way she can play as long as she likes Hair, once a week, twice if she gets dirty and dusty in summer as she has long curly hair. In our bathroom we currently have Green People kids shampoo and shower gels, Weleda baby body wash and Naked for Kids shampoo and detangle spray, I just use whatever is nearest.
I bathe the children regularly but in no set pattern sometimes it’s every day if they want it, sometimes it’s every other day, sometimes they can go three days without a bath. I rarely get them to use soap as I feel water is enough but if they are particularly grubby we use faith in nature soaps which are pretty harmless.