Bathing Your Toddler

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Another issue that crops up is more so an issue of hair-washing, rather than an issue of bathing. If your child is in school or attends daycare, head lice are always a possibility; and, believe it or not, head lice prefer immaculately clean hair, like the hair of a child that is washed every single night. So, if you do decide to go the daily bath route, you do not need to wash your child’s hair every day.

Children are supposed to come into contact with germs!

Finally, there is always the issue of time and effort on the part of the parent, especially a parent who has two or more children.

Bathing each and every night is not always feasible, nor is it always desirable. Also, sometimes, if you’re like many parents, you just don’t feel like it. However, you shouldn’t feel bad or guilty. Your child will be fine with a bath every other night.

Eczema and other skin conditions are other reasons to not bathe every day. Many of these conditions, along with just plain, sensitive skin, are only worsened with regular bathing. It is actually best to bathe children with such conditions every two to three days, as bathing every day only dries out the skin and worsens the problems.

On the other hand, many parents just feel that a bath every day is necessary – that a dirty child needs to be properly washed, and this is okay too. If you choose to bathe your child every day, and there are no medical reasons why you shouldn’t, a bath before bedtime is a great way to relax a child, and is a great start to a wonderful bedtime ritual.

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Bathing Your Toddler

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12 comments

  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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