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Should I bathe my child before or after they eat?

Hi everyone,

I have a 2-year-old daughter and I always struggle with whether I should bathe her before or after she eats. I want to make sure that she is clean and comfortable, but also don't want her to get hungry and fussy while in the bath.

Usually, I give her a bath around 6:30 pm, which is before her dinner time. But sometimes, due to her schedule or mine, we end up giving her a bath after she has eaten. I've heard conflicting opinions on this - some say that bathing after eating helps with digestion, while others think it's better to bathe before so that the child doesn't get too cold after the bath.

So, I was wondering if anyone had any advice on whether I should bathe my child before or after she eats. I would really appreciate any tips or suggestions!

Thank you in advance.

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Hi everyone,

As a father of a 3-year-old boy, I have found that it's best to bathe my child before he eats. I do this because I want to ensure that my son is clean before he sits at the table, and I feel this way he enjoys his meals more. I most times pick 15 minutes before dinner to bathe him, and this has become a routine that we both enjoy.

My son also tends to get really hungry after his bath, and this way, we can get him fed right away. Also, my son seems to sleep better when he takes his bath before dinner as he is not too full or too hungry.

However, I have experimented at different times and found out that sometimes it's best to do things differently based on the situation. So I would say, try doing both and see which works best for you and your child, and don't forget to take cues from their appetite.

Hope this helps!


Hi there,

From my personal experience, I always prefer to bathe my child before he eats. This helps me to ensure that he is clean and comfortable before settling down to eat. As a parent, I also feel it's good to have a routine and sticking to a routine before mealtime makes it easier for me to manage his nap time and other activities.

Additionally, my son has reflux, and I have noticed that giving him a bath after he eats tends to make him more uncomfortable and increases the chances of him throwing up. So, I prefer to avoid this situation altogether.

Of course, every child is different, and what works for one may not work for another. But from my experience, I can say that bathing before eating has been the most convenient and comfortable for me and my child.

Hope this helps!


Hey there,

As a mother of four, I don't think there's a right or wrong answer to this question. I believe it all depends on what works best for you and your child. What worked for one child may not work for another.

With my first child, I used to bathe him before he ate, as it became a bedtime routine. But with my second child, who was a very messy eater, I found it easier to bathe him after he ate, so he wouldn't dirty his clothes after taking a bath. And this pattern continued with my other kids as well.

So, I would suggest that you try both ways and find out which one works better for your child's routine and preferences. As a parent, you would know what's best for your child, and it's always a good idea to follow your instincts.

I hope this helps you.



I am a mother of a 6-year-old girl and from my personal experience, I have found that bathing my child after she eats is much more convenient. My daughter likes to play with her food and often makes a mess, especially when she's eating her meals. If I bathe her before eating, I end up having to bathe her again after her meal, which is time-consuming and tiring for both of us.

Bathing her after her meal also helps her to feed better, as she tends to get more relaxed, and it's a great way to ease her into her bedtime routine. However, I do give her a quick clean-up before her meal with a warm, damp cloth, just to make sure that she is clean and comfortable.

In conclusion, I think it ultimately depends on your child's routine and preferences. It's always a good idea to experiment and try different timings to see what works best for you and your child.

I hope this helps!

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