While I found the story interesting - I kind of feel like the soap 'gift' was pretty insulting. As if to imply the choice was due to a lack of materials rather than a conscious decision.
That soap would have aggravated me, I am aggravated about it anyhow and it wasn't me. That totally made me think B. Who does that? That's not funny, it's right on the line between clueless and dickish. Like if you had a Gweneth neighbor with a mean streak. I hate Aveeno baby products anyhow.
I agree with the post above...they are clearly not "too broke" to afford soap. And I agree with the Mom - you KNOW your kids! Just like when my pediatrician (whom I love dearly) said that my kids didn't need cereal in their bottles early but I KNEW that my son was waking up in the middle of the night STARVING...it was time to start cereal in the bottle! :) Do for your child as you see fit!
I thought the gift was insulting too but I think they meant it as more of a joke....but I would have been insulted.
Guru Louise, you look awesomely beautiful, your kids are adorable and your house stunning! All that aside, I wish there had more meat to dispel the need of nightly bathing and the soap "gift" was kind of a backhanded gift.
You go Guru! My boy only gets a bath once, maaaaaybe twice a week. More if he's been playing in the mud of course, but honestly, when he was an infant, the drooly and poopy parts got cleaned way often- but a full bath every night?!? No way! Ignor the JugyMcJudgersons- to each their own!
I agree with you. My son has been highly eczema prone since a week he was born, and prior to his birth I was an assistant to a derm. Bathing DOES dry your skin out and if you DO have to bathe them every day (for whatever reason) it's best to moisturize directly out of the bath with products that have ceramides in them. I don't feel like people should give you criticism for what you want to do as a mother. It's not like he's sitting in his poop all day! Keep up the good work mama :)-Jenna-mama daze blog
I thought she was the Pandora bracelet lady from the ad, and I thought, "gah, I hate Guru Louise!" But I totally slacked on bathing the second kid more than I did the first one.
I kind of felt the same way about the soap "gift"-a bit insulting :) But I'm in the same boat as you, Guru--my little man gets 2 baths a week if he's lucky (now that he's 7 months) until he started sitting up he only got a bath when he smelled...which wasn't often ;)
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. Unless they are really grubby, that´s how often I bathe my kids. I totally agree with the statement at the end, each mom knows her baby best. I also agree that the soap gift did seem a bit patronizing but I think Guru´s wry smile was the perfect answer! all three kids look lovely, btw. Congrats!
I only bathe my son (11 months) twice a week because of his eczema. If I bathed him any more than that, the eczema would only get worse. Babies have such gentle skin! Strange that her article received such a backlash!
Anybody who actually reads her blog would know her family is well taken care of!
I'm with you. I only bathe my son once a week or so. I clean his privates and his neck rolls several times a day. Plus my Dr also too us not to bathe the kids when they are babies everyday because it can cause dry skin and rashes. You go Guru! Plus your kids are adorbs!
My kids now, 9 and 11, get a bath/shower 3x's a week. As babies I don't remember. Blur.
my 5-yr-old only gets a bath/shower every other day or even every 3rd day because he's got dry skin. besides, he hasn't hit puberty yet, so it's not like he has body odor! people need to calm down.