Among all the routine moms endure, bath time is either the most chaotic or most calming, depending on the day. Sometimes it's even beneficial to skip the bath routine altogether – just not too many days in a row. Although babies, especially as newborns, don't need the infamous daily bath routine to stay healthy and clean, there are still a few gross things that happen to baby's body when you don't bathe them enough.
The irony of bath time is not lost on me. Although I'm so often worried about keeping my little ones clean with a bath a few times a week, I also realize bathing babies in and of itself can be a gross job. And determining if your bath is dirty enough for a bath isn't always an exact science. Unfortunately babies can't verbally say when they need a bath or feel dirty. Ultimately it's up to parents to decide what bathing routine works best and when a simple wipe down or hand wash will suffice instead.
Regardless of how often bath time happens in each household, there can be a lot of contradicting information on how often it needs to happen. If you find yourself worried you may be going too long in between bath times, look for some of the gross things that might happen if you don't bathe babies enough.