LET THEM BE DIRTY?
How often do you bathe your babies? It's a common question floating around here and around the mom talk playground. Moms like myself ask myself every night...should I bathe them? Did they get too dirty? Well, sources have summed it up and here's what we're doing around here.
Let them be dirty. A little dirt never hurt nobody. But some lament "I have boys and they are filthy? " Well, yes. Me too. But also, if we bathe them every night ridding them of all natural oils and dirt from the soil and the world outside, they may grow immune to everything. So they say. Well I tested out the theories with my eczema filled twin babies and in our case, I've found the studies are true.
Here's the thing, we can't get it all right all the time but with trial and error we can definitely see results. My babies poor ankles and feet have been eczema laden all summer long and yet I've seen the more I lay off the soapy water every night, the more relaxed their skin is. (However, the babyganics products above we love and are good on sensitive skin. Also the babies love the toothpaste!) The routine is nice to bathe every night, but truly their skin improves when we skip a day or two. Pediatrician approved. Also a local professor here recently noted the more the babies get out in the grass, get the soil in their hands and up their fingernails, the more chances of less allergy issues later on in life. This makes perfect sense.
I also would like to note this requires a Type A (wee bit controlling) mama to "let it go". To be ok with going to bed with a little dirt in their hair and swallowing my issues with their clean sheets getting dusty. We can't control all the dust. We can't control any of it really. We have toddlers and babies and they get dirty. Every day. And although that's a stretch for this mama, it's also a lesson to get out and enjoy the outdoors and let go of trying to assume that having all our ducks in a row, like clean babies in bed by 7pm on the dot, is the only way to go. Because it's not. Besides, that kind of perfection is totally over rated.