Judgy Mom Moment: You Should Shower Every Day

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showerI am a firm believer in showering at least once a day. And there are some days I indulge in two sessions under that warm, wonderful, relaxing stream of water. Though bringing home a newborn can throw that luxury out the window. Most new moms barely have the time or energy to even brush their hair. But as soon as I got my son into a routine, my ritual was back in play. So it mystifies me that some moms don't bathe every day.

It's not just about being clean. It's about feeling renewed and refreshed. My night usually goes the same way -- I get in from work, spend time with my son, put him to bed, and then hop in the shower before I do more work (if there is no way I can put it off until the morning) or watch a favorite show. Sometimes it's a quickie and other times I spend 15 to 20 minutes really relaxing in there. I will pop my iPod into the portable speakers, lather on a great-smelling body wash, shave, exfoliate, or just stand there and let the water massage my skin.

I know life can be hectic for moms even when our kids are older. But I can't imagine not making time for a shower. Even three to five minutes can do wonders for you. It's such a simple way to pamper yourself. But of course, there are practical reasons too. After a long day out and about in New York City, I just want to wash that grime away. I like being fresh and clean when I bury myself beneath my blankets. So it's unfathomable to me not to shower for a day or two or three. I personally would feel too icky. Honestly, my son is the same way too. He actually asks for a bath every night, whining that he doesn't want to go to bed dirty. Hey, I can relate.

But to each her own. Some moms are so harried, so overloaded with things to do for the house and kids, it's just not a part of everyday life. For them, to shower a couple times a week works. And there are plenty of people who just take what my grandmother calls bird baths -- meaning just washing up using water from the sink. Again, whatever helps you get through your day. But for me, even a minute or two under the shower stream is a must. It really does help me recharge.

How often do you feel the need to shower?


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there... theresaphilly

I shower everyday whether I need one or not! Nobody wants to be around a funky person.


nonmember avatar Really?

Oh get off your high horse. I CAN'T shower daily. If I do I'm a dry itchy horrible mess regardless of how much lotion/oil/crap I put on to counteract it. I can only shower every two or three days depending on the season, but that doesn't mean I'm dirty. I wash my pits and lady bits with a rag daily and really unless you're doing heavy manual labor you don't NEED to shower daily. If you enjoy it, fine, but quit being so damn uppity just because everyone doesn't do things the way you do.

nonmember avatar Henry'sMom

I'm pregnant with severe HG. I have a PICC line. I can't shower everyday, because I need a lot of help doing it and it CAN'T be done quickly. I wish I could :( b

nonmember avatar Amy

I can't go more than 1 day without.... And that is usually when I've taken a shower at night. I may skip the next day, but take one the following morning. So it's like 36 hours. Anything more is unbearable for me.

LadyM... LadyMinni

Every other day, unless dirty. I don't need any more and I can't handle any more. My skin drys out if I try and my hair breaks too. I don't know why, but it's a pain. That's what dry shampoo was invented for!

My friend had a week without water once. Poor thing. I could never go that long, not even in a norther New York winter.

Shandi80 Shandi80

I must be clean before I go to bed. It seems like I sleep better when I bathe prior to bedtime, and there is nothing more relaxing than a detoxifying epsom salt bath.

tuffy... tuffymama

I can't take a shower every day. That would wreck my skin! I don't live in a filthy city, though. Yuck.

2cent... 2centsCDN

I'm no environmentalist but 3 showers a day just seems extremely wasteful.

nonmember avatar Kelly

I would love to be able to take a shower daily. I live in a cabin in Alaska, that has no running water. I have 2 children and a husband. For $4.50, I can get 15 minutes of shower time at the local laundry mat, so you figure at almost $20 a day my whole family could shower. 7 days a week that certainly would add up. But for almost 25 cents or less for about 5-6 gallons, we can heat up water at home to clean up. I don't have a bath tub in my cabin so we use metal tubs and washcloths. I guess what I am trying to say, to all of you out there who think anyone that doesn't shower daily is nasty, maybe instead of spending so much time being judgmental, maybe you should spend more time being thankful you have the ability to wash what ever you want, when ever you want.

Mox-Adina Wrekk

I only wash my hair once or twice a week, but I shower 2 or 3 times a week I guess. More if I actually work out. I just feel wasteful with water showering every single day. I've heard lots of environmentalists say that our world is heading for a water crisis, so in some small way I feel like I'm doing my part by not showering every day. 50 years ago people only bathed once a week and they didn't die. I do make sure to wash my "lady bits" at least every other day usually over the toilet and that makes me feel fresher than not doing anything. But I am sure lots of people would call me gross. I would say I'm being more environmentally aware.

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