How Often Should Kids Take a Bath?

For some families, bath time is a critical part of the nighttime routine. Some people will tell you that it’s a nice way for the kids to wind down,  For my family, putting the kids through a bath  is just one extra challenge after 6 p.m., so they often skip it if it’s not required.

During the past few months, I tested out giving the kids a bath on alternating nights. We do make certain exceptions—like if they’ve had swimming lessons or visited a park or had a messy day at school then we will always make sure to give them a shower afterwards. But for the most part, we are comfortable alternating shower nights for the kids at this age. There are some problems with this as my “mommy brain” can complicate things, such as when my husband have to figure out “Is it bath night tonight?”

Sometimes our conversations can go  like this:

Me: “Is it bath night tonight?”
Husband: “I don’t know, did they have one last night?”
Me: “Ummm… Last night was Wednesday, right?”
Husband: “Yep.”
Me: “What did we do last night? Did Jake have Soccer?”
Husband: “No. That was Sunday.”
Me: “So, did Jake have a bath after he played Soccer?”
Husband: “Possible. But did Jen have one too?”
Me: “I think Jen had one last night. But it could have been Sunday, because I’m really think  I told Jen to take a bath when I was stuffing the Turkey for dinner and the sauce fell and she stepped in it and then needed a bath
Husband: “I clearly don’t know how that your brain of yours works.”


No, Your Kid Doesn’t Need a Bath Every Day

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