How Often Should Kids Shower? That is the hot topic among parents right now. And planning a reasonable bathing schedule can help parents maintain sanity at home!

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How often should kids shower?

How Often Should Kids Bathe?

Awhile back there was a really interesting conversation with Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard about how often they bathe their kids. Their answer was that they bathe only when they are dirty or smell. Let the parental debate begin!

While many parents agreed that bathing their kids only when dirty was a necessity, others believed every day was the only way to go.

child in shower washing hair

So, how often should kids bathe? Are you bathing your kids too much? Or not enough?

Well, according to a Pediatrician Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett, a baby doesn’t need to be bathed daily— three times a week will suffice.

In fact, over bathing your baby can cause their skin to be irritated and dry.

baby in bath

Frequency of Bathing for Kids by Age

  • Per the Cleveland Health Clinic, toddlers and little kids only need a soak in the tub or shower two to three times per week.
  • Older kids ages 6 to 11 should hit the bath two to three times per week at a minimum.
  • Tweens and teens should shower daily and wash their face twice a day. They also should shower any time they are stinky, sweaty or dirty.

Of course, if your kids are fighting you to shower, it’s probably okay that they don’t for that day. But if your kids have been playing in the mud or is a teen that is in sports, they probably need to shower regardless if they did the day before or not.

Bathing Schedule Chart

This handy chart will help remind you how often your child should bathe. Feel free to save it and keep it handy!

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