Bathing Your Toddler

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You hear so many different things about bathing and grooming your toddler. Your doctor says to give him a bath every few days, the parenting magazines say to bathe every day, your friends have their own opinions, and your mother, of course, has hers. So, how often should you really bathe your toddler?

Children do not need their hair washed every day!

Well, as you know, a two- or three-year-old can get very dirty within a very short span of time.

This is a time for experimenting with self-feeding, lots of outside play, and exploring, whether it be digging in the dirt or in the garbage can. Some days, you probably look at your cute, adorable, little mess and think, “There’s no question. He’s absolutely got to have a bath.”

First of all, the toddler years are also years when a child’s body is still developing, including the immune system. If it is the germs that worry you, don’t fret. Germs aren’t always a bad thing.

Children are supposed to come into contact with germs. This is the only way their bodies learn how to fight off bacteria, which can cause illness, so a few germs left behind after a day’s play isn’t all that horrible.

What do you think?

Bathing Your Toddler

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  1. Profile photo of Mouse Mouse says:

    the latest studies about bathing and eczema actually support daily bathing following these simple rules – keep baths short, under 10 minutes, pat dry rather than rub and within a few minutes of getting out of the tub get that oil on them. The oil/moisturizing product that is used is really up to the individual but thick oils like aquaphor or coconut oils are really great choices.

  2. Profile photo of Leslie Leslie says:

    I give my babies a bath every other day. I don’t see nothing wrong with it. Unless they are so dirty, nothing u can do but bathe them.

  3. Profile photo of Kimberly Kimberly says:

    My 3 year old gets a bath every night. It helps to settle him down and get him ready for bed. Besides that after spending the day digging in the yard and playing around with the dogs he needs a bath.

  4. Profile photo of Angela Angela says:

    My kid gets a bath every day. Sometimes twice a day. Not because I’m worried about germs, but because he’s decided that his hair is supposed to be used as a napkin to wipe his hands off during meals. :/

  5. Profile photo of Diana Diana says:

    i am pregnant however i always think about bathing ime idk why, however i feel a bit unprepared for that time i guess it will just come to me.

    • Profile photo of Milady Milady says:

      You will figure it out for sure! I didn’t have much tiny baby experience before I had my first but I’d just google something if I didn’t know what to do or ask her dr. or just figure it out. Now that they’re older I’m pretty much I’m the figure it out phase always because u never know what your toddlers gonna say! Good luck!

  6. Profile photo of Kelsey Kelsey says:

    Good article because my baby loves to be outside and get messy and i freak out and take him a shower because of all the germs he touches

  7. Profile photo of Princess Princess says:

    Very Great article, it provided insight on a few questions I had but didnt really know how or who to ask.

  8. Profile photo of Lyndsi Greim Lyndsi Greim says:

    Great article! I’m glad I took the time to read it.

  9. we do a bath every other night….. its part of our bedtime routine….. and my little man knows which nights are bath nights….. its so cute lol

  10. Profile photo of sayhola sayhola says:

    Whew! I thought all kids got baths daily by now (mine is 15 months), but we’ve continued with every three days (sometimes 2) as our climate in CO is so dry and he stays mostly clean. 🙂 Good to know – thanks!


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