No More Baths! Mom Bathes Baby Just Once a Week

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Claire Goss, 32, a Massachusetts mother of a 3-month-old son, has confessed in a blog post on Babble.com that she only bathes her baby about once a week.

She writes:

Yep, total confession time: I really don’t bathe my baby. I’m guessing at least half of you cringed reading the above and the other half nodded in solemn approval. I honestly didn’t even realize it was true until today when I spotted his bathtub sitting dejectedly in a corner. “Huh,” I thought, “when was the last time I used THAT?!”

But Goss says her pediatrician is supportive of her move, and that her doctor told her she was bathing her second child (her current infant is her third) so often that it was drying out his skin. There’s even evidence that today’s toddlers may be too clean for their own health — a little bit of bacteria can be good for building up immune systems and keeping asthma, allergies and other conditions at bay. She even cites recommendations from the Mayo Clinic that say infants do not need a full bath every day as long as their diaper area, neck, and face are cleaned. And the American Pediatric Association recommends bathing babies every other day.

Not all mothers and experts are on board with Goss’s strategy, pointing out that bathing can be a soothing experience and an opportunity for mom and child to bond — and that infants can just get too sticky to skip a daily bath. But Goss isn’t swayed. “I aim for once a week. It might not happen. I will confess, it has gone longer than a week. It can be a good 10 days,” Goss told ABC News about the time between her baby’s baths. And what about that clean baby smell? “…If you met my baby and held him, you’d probably think he smells as amazing as I do,” she said.

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BirgittaNielsen-Carney
BirgittaNielsen-Carney

I didn't bathe my babies at all till they were 2 months old, and after that only when absolutely necessary.  But then they were also completely breastfed and I think that also made a difference.  They had wonderful skin, smelled lovely and were very healthy and happy.

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My twins hardly ever got baths until they were eating solids---and thus much more dirty! Mostly they got wiped clean with a warm wet washcloth. I did make sure to clean thoroughly and frequently in the diaper area but the idea of daily bath for a baby is really silly. Healthy skin has a natural microflora (healthy bacteria and fungus)  just like one's gut so to try to kill that means that you are leaving the skin open to infection by unhealthy bacteria and fungus. 

PenPointEdit
PenPointEdit

Your link to the American Pediatric Association is wrong - unless you meant to say the American Pregnancy Association, since that's where the link is pointing to.

JillKringCarter
JillKringCarter

I learned from the pediatrician that I was drying out my oldest's skin with daily baths, esp in winter. I accepted that if her diaper, face and hands were clean (and of course, they were cleaned numerous times a day), she was good. When her HAIR began to need shampooing, THAT's when she went into the sink (or tub as she got older). Twice a week was more than enough in winter months when she was just a baby/toddler.

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@lamoham Your link just leads to a page on weight loss tips and refers to "childhood blubber."