Okay, I’m gonna be honest. I don’t think that kids need a bath every day. And the kids hate taking a bath, so it’s always a battle. Jason on the other hand freaks out if they don’t get a daily bath or shower. I think if I wipe ’em down, what’s it gonna hurt if they take a bath every other day? Especially in the summertime when they are in the pool and sprinklers all day. So how often do kids need a bath?
Now I’m focusing on kids that are the same age as my kids. The girls are almost 6, and Ethan is almost 8. I found this on the American Academy of Dermatology’s (AAD) site (they also include other recommendations for kids of all ages):
How Often Do Kids Need A Bath?
How often do kids need a bath? At least once or twice a week? I honestly think they need one more often than that. And my bad for counting the pool as a bath! As long as you rinse them off, I don’t see the need for a bath.
The AAD strongly recommends regular hand washing, and I loved this handwashing how-to post because I showed it and read it to the kids and they “got” it.
The AAD also recommends making bathtime fun (easier said than done sometimes) and offered these tips:
- Play with a favorite (waterproof) toy.
- Listen to favorite stories.
- Read a book made especially for taking into the bathtub.
- Have fun with an adventure that you create to make bath time fun.
I never thought of reading to them in the bath tub! Duh! So I tried it and it works! There’s no water on the floor from them splashing around like crazy kids, and it helps us transition from bathtime to bedtime.
And I love the way that the Washington Post answered the question how often do kids need a bath: “It all seems pretty straightforward; wash your kid if he stinks or is visibly dirty, but otherwise we can relax a bit on being clean as a whistle. Wash hands regularly with good old fashioned soap and water and spot clean with a washcloth between baths, and I’m willing to bet everyone will be happier (and healthier). After all, haven’t we all heard the saying, “A little dirt doesn’t hurt?”
So of course I wondered how often everybody else bathes their kids. I asked on Facebook, and got a ton of responses. If you’d like to see them all, you can read them here.
Now it’s your turn! How often do you bathe your kids?