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Undefinabl3 posted 10/8/2013 10:40 AM

DS is 4 1/2 and DD is 2 1/2.

At what age do kids need baths every single day? when can they start to do it all themselves?

DS LOVES showers, but doesnt like to wash his hair or anyhing. DD LOVES baths, but i can't put her by herself because she thinks she's a fish and tries to breath underwater /faint.

Anyway, needless to say, they dont get a shower every day, but I was wondering when that needs to start?

Peaches2013 posted 10/8/2013 10:56 AM

My kids are 2 and 3.

We typically try every other day unless they need it/are dirty/need to expend energy before bedtime. While they are at daycare during the week - they need it, so they get one almost every weekday. They started a new daycare two months ago and it's very different from where they were at, and they play outside and play hard (we're in Florida) and get to very dirty.

I've been told once they start to get stinky is when they should bathe daily, but just from reading parenting boards, there are a lot of opinions out there both on the parent level and at the pediatrician level as to the "how often should children bathe" question.

idiot85 posted 10/8/2013 10:58 AM

Mine are 4 and 3 and we do every day but every other day would be fine. It's just our routine.

Usually by 9 or 10 when more's going on with their bodies I'd say.

tushnurse posted 10/8/2013 11:01 AM

Personally I bathed my kids nearly every day since they were born. They played outside a lot, and tended to always be dirty. Especially DD. Always in a dress, and filthy.
Son was pretty much able to do the whole wash himself thing from about 4 on. He was good with showers too. Never got weird about it getting his eyes. I kept his hair pretty much buzz cut then, so if he didn't do a great job one day washing it, I would make sure he did the next.

DD on the other hand sounds a lot like yours, loved the tub, wanted to swim in it. She also had 10 tons of hair, and really wasn't good at washing it or brushing it on her own until she was about 8.

I did bath them together a lot, and probably longer than most parents would, hell it was just easier that way. Fill the tub throw em both in, let em soak for 10 minutes to loosten the grime, scrub em both down good, rinse em, and let em play for another 10 minutes. Of course it was all part of my military presicion bedtime routine, i was very militant about bedtime, and sleep, still am. Winter was the best when they couldn't tell time though....I could get them to bed at 6:30 or 7 a lot. That left a whole evening for me. but I digress.

I would not leave them alone in the tub, but would bring a load of wash into the bathroom to fold, or pluck my brows, or busy myself but keep an eye on them.

idiot85 posted 10/8/2013 12:46 PM

Winter was the best when they couldn't tell time though....I could get them to bed at 6:30 or 7 a lot. That left a whole evening for me.

God bless the dark nights

I also busy myself in the bathroom or play when they're in... I'm partial to the odd bath toy.

sullymeishadomi posted 10/8/2013 13:39 PM

During the cooler days every other day unless there is a dirtiness/stink factor. (Warmer days, sports, heavy play...).

During warmer days its a day to day judge situation.

Dd I force her to clean herself. She is almost 8. I oversee and advise.

Ds almost 6, I still help him. He hates his hair washed...even with sudless shampoo.

Your two I wouldnt leave alone. Too young.

GabyBaby posted 10/8/2013 15:17 PM

Personally I bathed my kids nearly every day since they were born. They played outside a lot,
This is similar to our lifestyle as well. My kiddos bathed daily. I think I started the shower for them (turn on the water and get it to the right temp) at around 6 or 7 years old, then let them go in alone.

SuperDuperWonderboy posted 10/8/2013 18:55 PM

Whoa...wait a second..they need baths?!!!?

Crud.


(We have been a pretty much every other day family, unless of course they get sweaty or overly dirty...imagine..kids getting dirty)

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