I don’t bathe my kids very often and I get a lot of flack for it. Infants certainly don’t get that dirty and can easily be spot-cleaned with wipes (neck/hands/behind the ears are the main culprits). The groin is tended to multiple times a day. Bathing too often dries out the skin and I just don’t see the need for it. Honestly, barring a diaper blowout I usually bathe the infant once a week.
V is two and gets bathed a bit more, but still not daily. It depends completely on how dirty she gets. This summer she probably got daily baths, but that’s because she was running around in shorts/sandals getting crap all over her legs and feet.
My husband gripes constantly about this. He thinks I should be bathing them daily, or at least V. My stepmother concurs, as do most other family members. After all, they argue, I shower daily. So it was particularly gratifying to hear my pediatrician agree with me today.
Out of the blue: “He has such great skin! How do you keep his skin so healthy?”
“What do you mean?”
“There’s no baby acne or eczema.”
I explained my bathing philosophy and he agreed that bathing too often strips the skin of its natural oils. He said 1-2 times a week plus spot-cleaning was fine. I told him my husband thought I should bathe them more, and that he was particularly worried because they sweat so much.
“It’s not like they’re dating yet.”
Thank you, Dr. K!