Bathing Your Toddler
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.