DD gets a full bath every 3 days (too often and you get rid of their natural oils and good bacteria!). In between we just do a quick water sponge bath (no soap) if she has been spitting up or really sweaty.
At 11 days we were bathing every other day or every two days. Now it is every day for routine's sake...and due to tons of spit up.
Do you lotion baby after every bath?
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MarcnShaun:We bathe her every night as part of her routine - we use a lavendar calming soap that helps calm her down too.
This, but we use soap every other night.
At 11 days I started bathing him e/o day until his dry skin flaked off on it's own. I used California Baby shampoo/wash but no moisturizer/lotion afterward and it took about a month. Now I bathe him every day (unless something comes up and I can't fit it in) because his neck and thigh folds get so gross in this humid heat that he smells likes cheese by the end of a day Blech.
I do use lotion now after baths but only on his tummy, his feet, and the front of legs (I don't want any fragrance-y stuff to further irritate his folds)....it's more to just give him the experience of touch and massage than anything. He loves bath time and after one he always falls asleep much quicker
At that age we were bathing her every two to three days and wiping down and face and neck (and anywhere else that needed it) with a rag daily.
At about 6 or 7 weeks we started bathing her daily. She absolutely loves it and it calms her down - she had colic and has acid reflux. Our pedi said to do whatever makes her happy and cut back on baths if dry skin was an issue.
allyandpat2010:Every other evening!
This. Unless she's had messy day.