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For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been talking about little ones and bathing. I’ve addressed whether children need baths every day and what kind of soap is best for them.

Well, today I want to talk about baths again except this time, I’m talking about skipping the suds all together and opting for water only.

No Soap! How Do They Get Clean?

For the most part, little ones don’t get that dirty on a regular basis with exception to their face, hands, and bottoms… all of which are cleaned many times throughout the day.

So when it comes to a nightly bath, if you opt for daily baths, why not let it be a fun time of just playing in the water with some toys. Just sitting and moving around in water will get them clean. If you’d like, you can even take a washcloth and rub over their bodies, paying particular attention to those areas that may be dirtier than others at the end of their bath.

Try Some Natural Additives

Another option you have is making bath time a little more fun and indulge your kids with some nourishing bath additives.

Things like bath oils, bath bombs, and oatmeal milk baths are great ways to moisturize and clean your child’s skin without having to use soap all the time. I make these things for my kids, and they LOVE them. They request the bath bombs most often!

One Word Of Caution

The only negative thing I’ve found has to do with having hard water. It’s thought that hard water will dry the skin out more, and there have been reports of higher rates of eczema with hard water. Interestingly enough… most of the search results were from sites in the UK. I’m sure it’s the same here in the US though.

To me, this has nothing to do with whether or not you chose to use soap or skip it. The problem lies in the water.

This is just something to be aware of if your child suffers from dry skin or eczema. Your water could be partly to blame and may be the solution to mending your little’s troubled skin.

Save Soap For When They Really Need A Good Clean

Babies have delicate, sensitive skin. Be sure not to use soaps on them that are harsh and can dry their skin out. When your kid needs a “real” bath… use a mild cleanser in order to get rid of grease, excess oils and dirt without overdoing it… hence the mild part. Most kids are too greasy and don’t get this dirty on a regular basis.

My boys stay pretty clean, especially during the winter. They love taking baths and playing in the tub so we usually end up with 2-3 baths a week, but only one of those baths requires soap. During the summer, they play outside a lot. They’re boys, and they get dirty which means they get more baths with soap during the summer.

If you follow me on Facebook you may remember one of my recent status updates where my 4-year-old ran in the house and excitedly asked me if he and his brother could go worm hunting in the garden. They love digging for worms, and I love letting them play and be fascinated with nature and what’s around them. Of course, I said yes, but it’s things like this that wind up getting them a bath later… or maybe a trip to the creek when Daddy gets home from work!

Do do you bath your little one? Mostly soap, mostly water, a good mixture of both? I’d love to hear your tips and thoughts on this in the comments below.