Celeb couple Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher have hit the headlines for announcing that they “only bathe” their kids “when they can see dirt on them”.
Many people are up in arms about the comment, as they believe children need their baths far more often – but who’s right?
According to experts, you might not need to wash your child every day.
The UK National Health Service recommends that you do not need to give a newborn and older babies a bath every day – but if they really enjoy it, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t.
They suggest you may prefer to wash their face, neck, hands and bottom instead. This is often called “topping and tailing”.
The NHS advises parents to choose a time when their baby is awake and content and to make sure the room is warm.
Then use a bowl of warm water, a towel, cotton wool, a fresh nappy and finish off with clean clothes.
If you’re still unsure, don’t worry, as we’ve spoken to the experts to get all the info on bathing your kids – including top tips and whether there’s such things as too many baths!
How often should you be bathing your kids?
Joyce French, cleaning expert at HomeHow, revealed the average recommended time for bathing kids is around two to three times a week for children aged 0 to 5.
She said: “Kids starting school may require a daily scrub; however, a thorough wash three times a week is still sufficient enough.”
Elsewhere parenting expert and qualified Early Years Practitioner Kirsty Ketley shared her advice on bath time.
The mum-of-two said: “Under 5s don’t need to be bathed every day, unless they are really mucky, and it’s not necessary to use lots of products on them.
“Often kids with severe eczema, for instance, can be advised to bath in only water, two to three times a week.”