When it comes to showering, we definitely love showering our kids in love. But bath time? That’s a little less fun.
While it feels like something we must do everyday, and some kids do love it, did you know that daily baths aren’t what dermatologists recommend?
Recently celebrity couple Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis revealed they are not part of the daily bath brigade with their kids. “I wasn’t that parent that bathed my newborns. Ever,” Kunis recently shared on Dax Shepard’s ‘Armchair Expert’ podcast.
“Here’s the thing, if you can see the dirt on them, clean them. Otherwise, there’s no point,” Kutcher added.
How Often Should We Bath Our Kids?
So what do experts actually recommend? The American Academy of Dermatology recommends bathing children age 6-11 once or twice a week. Of course they recommend washing more often if they get dirty from playing outside. If they’re sweaty, have body odour, or even if they’re finished swimming, it’s time to jump in the bath.
If you’re having a day where you’re not bathing the kids, you should still quickly wash over their faces and genitals. Avoiding soap is a good idea too. “Try not to use soap, because soap can dry out your toddler’s skin. If needed, use a gentle non-soap cleanser. Use the cleanser at the end of the bath so your toddler doesn’t sit in it for too long,” the Raising Children site advises.
Once kids reach their teen years though, that’s a whole other story. Once kids hit puberty they should shower daily, and generally by that age they prefer to bathe daily anyway. Getting them out of the shower is usually the biggest issue!
Adults should follow the same rules for showering, with bathing daily recommended. Ashton Kutcher is all over that, revealing a little TMI in Dax Shepard’s podcast, “I wash my armpits and crotch daily and nothing else.”
How often do you bath your kids? Does this news surprise you?