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daycare = daily bath?

Hi all. I haven't been posting much. Things have been crazy at work and at home. We started our twins in a daycare center today. We had a nanny debacle...long story!

Anyway, I am assuming they will get dirtier each day now even though they aren't crawling yet. Do you give your babies in day care daily baths? We had been doing every other day baths up until now. 

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Re: daycare = daily bath?

  • I don't - mine is in daycare1-2 days per week.  I avoid soap b/c its so harsh on baby skin (even baby soap).  You could always wipe them down with a warm wash cloth or just get into the bath without soap to wipe away any dirt or grime they may have picked up along the way. 
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  • I usually bathe the girls every other day. Unless, DD1 is really dirty or DD2 has spit up a lot where it would warrant a bath for the second day in a row.

    Usually I just wipe them down really well on the days they don't get a bath

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  • DD didn't really get much dirtier at daycare than she did at home until she was crawling and especially walking.  I'm not a fan of bathing every day anyway - its bad for their skin. 
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  • We do but I'm not sure it's related to daycare. At an early age, we decided she slept better with a nightly bath and kept up the routine. And in the summer she'd get so sweaty, we hardly ever skipped a night.
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  • Before DS started crawling, I did a bath every other day, and on the days inbetween, we washed hands and face REALLY well when we got home with a washcloth and warm water.

    As soon as he started rolling around and playing with toys, we moved to the daily baths almost every day (unless we had a really bad day).  In the winter, I kept them short with lukewarm water and used lotion ASAP after we dried him off, and we never had any issues with dry skin.

    Now that he is a toddler, we have to do a bath every night- he comes home with sand in his hair, sunblock in his ears, and dirt everywhere.  I take this as a sign that he had an awesome, fun day, but there's no way I'd put him to bed like that.

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  • I give mine a daily bath because of the sitting in the diaper all day thing.

    Everyone takes a daily bath in my home.


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  • I've been thinking we'd alternate nights when the kids go full time next year. Maybe in the summer we'd do every night because the kids are out more. Right now the kids get a bath every M-F and once over the weekend unless we've had a very messy weekend.

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  • IME, babies/kids get dirtier as they get more mobile and they are dirtier in spring/summer/fall than winter.

    Having said that, I don't think I ever bathed my kids daily.  Very hard on the skin.

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  • Our pedi suggested a daily bath to help prevent sickness. They will pickup alot of germs during the day. Just use a gentle hypo-allergenic, unscented soap & lotion if you are concerned with dry skin.
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  • We did and still do daily baths; it is part of their night time routine.
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  • I give my DD a daily bath. She just started going to a center at 2. I think about all the people and kids she comes into contact with. I would give them a bath daily with mild soap like Johnson & Johnson.
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  • He gets a bath nightly, but he's also nearly 2 and outside a lot!

    I don't shampoo his hair daily, but I do rinse it nightly.

    I might skip a Friday or Saturday night if we are busy grilling or have friends over and he's playing a little later. 

  • I just wipe any exposed skin hands and face usually with a warm wash cloth. I do a bath on Tues and Thursday unless there's a big mess.

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  • Yes, we always have due to germs.  But, now there is no way we couldn't.  He comes home disgusting now.  I am sure it is because he had such an awesome day, but yuck.
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  • I did!  He came home filthy, especially as he got older and started solid foods.  Food, snot, dirt, etc.  I just wanted all the daily germs washed off too.  One teacher wore coconut smelling lotion and he reeked of her. :)  I was happy someone was snuggling him though!  He has eczema anyhow and a good daily soak with lotion after is helpful for it.

     

     

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  • DS is four and yes, he gets daily baths because he literally gets dirty.

    DD is five months and we do baths every other night so that we don't over dry her skin.  I do wipe her face and her hands every night with a wet wash cloth. 


  • Ehhh bad mom here, my twins have been in DC since 5 months (now 3 yrs old) and we have always done e/o day baths. I wash their hands & faces after all meals and if they seem especially dirty I'll wash them off but they really arent that bad usually except hands & faces (sometimes DS has marker or whatever all over his arms that I scrub off).
  • Mine has had a nightly bath as part of her routine since 2 months old.  She still does, and yes she is dirty from playing, activities, art projects, etc. at daycare. 
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  • We always bathed everyday and her hair every other day. Since DC we started daily. I know she's rolling on the floor and people besides us are touching her hair so I want it done. 

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  • Most of the time, others he takes a bath every other day.
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  • J is in one-on-one in-home daycare (her home, not mine), not a center. We bathe him every night, just because it is part of his bedtime routine. However, we only use soap twice a week, the rest of the time we just wipe him down with warm water and let him play with his rubber ducky.

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  • We do a nightly bath as our regular routine. she also brushes her teeth at that time. I don't see it as bathing because of getting dirty, but more as just a good habit to get into.
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    Ehhh bad mom here, my twins have been in DC since 5 months (now 3 yrs old) and we have always done e/o day baths. I wash their hands & faces after all meals and if they seem especially dirty I'll wash them off but they really arent that bad usually except hands & faces (sometimes DS has marker or whatever all over his arms that I scrub off).

     

    Pretty much this except DS is only about 15 months old & has been in DC since 3 months old.  My pedi told me to do every other day, not every day.  In the end, I think it comes down to your schedule and your preference.  I don't think there's a right or wrong answer here (unless the kid is filthy, haha).

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    Before DS started crawling, I did a bath every other day, and on the days inbetween, we washed hands and face REALLY well when we got home with a washcloth and warm water.

    As soon as he started rolling around and playing with toys, we moved to the daily baths almost every day (unless we had a really bad day).  In the winter, I kept them short with lukewarm water and used lotion ASAP after we dried him off, and we never had any issues with dry skin.

    Now that he is a toddler, we have to do a bath every night- he comes home with sand in his hair, sunblock in his ears, and dirt everywhere.  I take this as a sign that he had an awesome, fun day, but there's no way I'd put him to bed like that.

    This is exactly what we did as well.  

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  • DD gets a bath every day, she is crawling now and touching everything so she needs it. I only wash her hair 2-3x a week.
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  • All 3 of mine get a nightly bath or shower.  It has less to do with being at day care all day, and more to do with what it does to our nightly routine if they don't.  Sometimes I don't use soap, and just let them play.  But they still go in the tub.
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  • DD gets a bath every night before bedtime, regardless of whether it's a weekday or weekend. She gets pretty gross after a full day of playing& feeding herself and it's part of our bedtime routine.

    When she was 4 months old - as your babies are - we still did this, mainly to establish our evening bedtime routine.

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  • No, every other day. I don't think he's any dirtier at daycare than he is at home. More germs on the hands perhaps, but we wash them throughout the day anyway. On non-bath nights, I wash him up well with a washcloth and soap in the dirty spots.

    I'm not sure when we will move to daily baths.

    (Of course there are times when he gets really dirty and he gets a bath on an off day.)

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  • We give ours a daily bath but not because of daycare. It's part of our bedtime routine. 

    Our DCP wipes DD down after every meal and before I pick her up, so most days she's clean. Keeping baby relatively unsoiled is part of basic childcare, IMO.  

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