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.

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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?

  • Depends on the age and their activity level. From school age I think every day is appropriate.


  • I think kids can miss days of bathing as suggested


  • My kids shower after their swimming lessons then again before school starts each week. My eldest is a teen and I try to get him to shower three times a week and wash his face each night but he gets out of it sometimes.


  • My 3 and 5 yo has bath twice a week and quick shower everyday.


  • I agree that babies don’t need to be bathed every day. From my experience with boys, once he goes to school he more often than not arrives home looking pretty grotty so a quick shower freshens him up.


  • My 5 and 7 year old shower daily. Especially in Summer. And Ashton Kutcher’s comment “I wash my armpits and crotch daily and nothing else.” – ewwwww.


  • I’m with them. I don’t have the time or the energy to bath my two every day. My son is 20 months and I bath him every second. My 6 month old is less, more like once a week


  • This is an interesting read. My kids do a mix of bath and showering now that they are both a little older.


  • My boys used to bath about twice a week. The other days they would have a shower


  • I remember showering daily as a young kid, but I did love bath-time so it was no issue for me.


  • I suffer from eczema and this doesn’t surprise me at all! We only ever bathe our baby when she’s visibly dirty, or hasn’t had a bath or a shower in 4 or 5 days. Usually one of us will have a quick shower with her every few days but I don’t want to risk drying out her skin. I still have never used soap, shampoo, or conditioner on her. She’s 9 months and perfectly healthy.


  • If you were dependant on rainwater in a really dry area you would definitely not bath or shower every day. Many years ago it was one bath a week. People didn’t get sick as often as we do now.
    We would wash our face, bums and feet once a day using water in a bowl or hand basin. Hands were washed as normal hygiene routine. If water was in short supply you would make sure you put the plug in and use the water until It looked dirty. When children were toddler size some would be bathed in the laundry trough as it took less water to get it deep enough.


  • I personally have a shower daily to rinse off, only using soap on face, armpits, genitals & feet. my 7yo does the same but always full showers after sports/swimming. her favourite night is friday night because she gets to chose if she showers or not as has swimming next morning.


  • My kids bath depend on how they play out side. But these days i encourage them to wash everyday after school because of Covid 19.


  • Quite interesting but I get where they are coming from.


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