When did you stop doing the whole cotton wool & water thing for cleaning DC's bum/face?

(54 Posts)
u32ng Mon 29-Apr-13 22:23:12

DS is 3m old and me & DH are still largely using cotton wool & water for his nappy changes at home.

Kind of thinking we could just be using wipes all the time now maybe?? Just wondering when any of you stopped using cotton balls?

Would prob still continue with it for cleaning his face tho as I'm not sure what else we'd use - apart from perhaps a face flannel?

WaitingForPancakeDay Mon 29-Apr-13 22:26:28

I stopped at about 8 weeks when my friend recommended reusable wipes. Just as gentle as cotton wool and water and suitable for face and bums. I use cheeky wipes but there are lots of others available on line and smell so much better than disposable wipes.

Mamuss Mon 29-Apr-13 22:26:49

Almost immediately! Couldn't cope with cotton and water, my boy has a sensitive bottom and wipes irritated him. Until we discovered boots own 2 packs for under £2 and they are fantastic. Very cheap and very gentle.

Ginformation Mon 29-Apr-13 22:29:19

After about half a day grin

intheshed Mon 29-Apr-13 22:31:03

DD1- about 2 days old.

DD2- I took wipes in my hospital bag grin

MrsHuxtable Mon 29-Apr-13 22:38:22

At 5 months when we went on holiday.

Theyoniwayisnorthwards Mon 29-Apr-13 22:54:43

When our derm recommended water wipes (ocado do them).

About 3 months old. However when she gets nappy rash we go back to cotton wool. She is nearly 1 & teething so has severe but intermittent sore bum.

HousewifeFromHeaven Mon 29-Apr-13 23:01:15

Same as intheshed

glitch Mon 29-Apr-13 23:06:19

I lasted a whole day I think.
You are a hardcore cotton wool ball user! grin

RandallPinkFloyd Mon 29-Apr-13 23:50:09

Until half way through that amazing tar-like first shite they do. A midwife walked past, gave me a pitying look and whispered "there's wet wipes in that bounty pack you know".

I never once top and tailed him blush

StupidFlanders Tue 30-Apr-13 02:04:42

I think it's an English thing. I've never met anyone who has used cotton wool. Sounds time consuming!

ExRatty Tue 30-Apr-13 02:08:51

For ages with the PFB and by the time D2 came along I smuggled wetwipes into the hospital

Since forever, since pfb was tinie and i have,had 3 more dc since! Too time consuming and wipes are just as good if not better, huggies pure are the next best think.

Chubfuddler Tue 30-Apr-13 02:22:30

Huggies pure are awful, every pack I have ever encountered was a homogeneous mass of wipe which I ended up peeling layers off in little wisps.

Six weeks with both dc on cotton wool. Baby wipes are everywhere in the house (and they are fantastic for spot cleaning upholstery/carpets/clothes).

Used waterwipes from2nd poo with my DTs. They are v gentle

Panzee Tue 30-Apr-13 03:16:01

Same as inheshed and many, many, others. Two children, one 3, one 2 months, no nappy rash so far.

munchkinmaster Tue 30-Apr-13 03:24:10

Bum - 2 weeks
Face - Switched to flannel at weaning. You cannot scrape porridge off with cotton wool. Would switch quicker in hindsight. Don't baby wipe her face if i can help it though as her skin breaks out

peanutMD Tue 30-Apr-13 04:13:13

DC1 - never used in the first place.

DC2 - used cotton wool in hospital and now use reusable wipes (i say wipes, i really mean some squares of fleece/flannel) and a small spray bottle filled with water.

I think i have PSB syndrome grin

ThedementedPenguin Tue 30-Apr-13 04:20:31

I never used cotton wool and water. I used wipes from the first nappy change.

Athrawes Tue 30-Apr-13 04:31:04

I bought a lot of cheap flannels and used them with warm water for months. I did use wipes out of the house - not a total martyr - but the flannels did the job and could be washed and reused. I found the flannels did a better job and am sore tempted to return to them again at nearly three years old with a poo-in-the-nappy-only DS.

stowsettler Tue 30-Apr-13 09:06:48

Never used cotton wool, just sensitive, fragrance-free wipes from day 1.

u32ng Tue 30-Apr-13 14:09:56

RandallPinkFloyd - I actually guffawed at what you said! Cotton wool WAS crap for the tar poo days I must admit!

I've got stacks of huggies pure wipes (a buy 1 get 2 free deal means we've got about 5 packets!) so I think I'll just use them for his bum from now on then.

I'll prob use up the cotton balls for his face & then move onto flannels I think!

Belmo Tue 30-Apr-13 14:23:05

blush I still use cotton wool, my dd is 20 months! Reuseable wipes when we're out and about. She is my PFB!

RandallPinkFloyd Tue 30-Apr-13 14:30:15

Well, for crying out loud, it's like thick black super glue!

I was covered in it, there was cotton wool stuck everywhere, DS was crying, DH was trying to help, then DS puked all that gacky watery stuff they cough up.

The first in my ever-growing list of parenting failures!

Thurlow Tue 30-Apr-13 14:33:07

About 2 weeks at most! Also never used cotton wool for her face unless it was for gunky eyes. I must be a terrible slattern but I just wiped milk off her face with a muslin, and then splashed some water on it at bathtime. Did I miss something? Do people actually wash baby's faces? blush

Moomoomee Tue 30-Apr-13 14:41:50

I used to top and tail but then I realised that a good all-over wipe scrub is fine outside of baths. My cotton wool days lasted until that first tar poo (and my DS did about 5 million the first night) then I used water wipes. Now on sainsburys own brand wipes because they are cheap and I don't feel guilty for using them to dust/clean/wipe my own nose cos I'm too lazy to get a tissue.

However my DS has really thick hardcore rhino skin (in a gorgeous munchy baby way ofc) so never any nappy rash.

Ages with ds1, never with dd and ds2.

The only time I use it is for sticky eyes and calamine lotion before I discovered the cream.

Dd2 was born overseas where they provide you with everything (and bill you for it!). This included a huge pack of disposable nappies and sensitive baby wipes. Cotton wool over here is for removing nail varnish and eye make up.....

shoesontheglasslamp Tue 30-Apr-13 18:56:47

Only stopped cotton wool and water about 2 months ago, DS is nearly 2 and a half...
Still go back to it if he's got a sore bottom.
Face, can't remember!

RubyrooUK Tue 30-Apr-13 19:37:33

DS1 got cotton wool and water for a few months. Then I moved onto sensitive wipes although I used Water Wipes on his face as even even sensitive wipes have him a rash.

DS2 got brilliant Water Wipes from day one. He is six weeks and I am still using them at vast expense as I believe his precious second born bum is too sensitive for normal wipes. blush

louisianablue2000 Tue 30-Apr-13 19:42:36

All my kids react to wipes so I always use cotton wool and water for pee and use wipes to remove poo then use cotton wool and water to get rid of the wipe residue. still top and tailing 8 month old DS on days he doesn't have a bath, although admittedly 'topping' is done with a flannel these days.

SwivelHips Tue 30-Apr-13 20:43:49

Still going strong at 11 months. Its never bothered me, I'm so in the habit now (as is dh!!) I dont think twice about it. Will buy flannel for his face though, just hadn't occured to me so good idea. Use wipes when out and about but really do prefer cotton wool. <weirdo face>

wickeddevil Tue 30-Apr-13 20:45:44

As soon as the midwife left

I used wipes in the hospital with both mine - there were free ones in the bounty pack!

TheDetective Tue 30-Apr-13 20:48:24

3 months here. smile

Theironfistofarkus Tue 30-Apr-13 20:53:15

The minute I got out of hospital.

narmada Tue 30-Apr-13 20:54:48

how in hell does cotton wool and water work when you're out and about?!?!?

Lasted 1 day with PFB, never contemplated cotton wool with DS.

MrsHoarder Tue 30-Apr-13 21:05:25

At home, when he started cruising and pulled the "changing box" over. Wipes are easier to hide out of reach and used then from about week 3 out and about.

Very rarely used cotton wool on his face. Every bath time he gets a new face cloth that goes from top to bottom then is thrown in the wash.

u32ng Wed 01-May-13 08:24:44

Hmm think I'll look into these water wipe thingies too...

CPtart Wed 01-May-13 09:01:49

For about as long as I insisted every nappy change was going to be done upstairs on the changing table.......about three days!

MERLYPUSS Wed 01-May-13 09:36:32

Never did it as I couldn't stand the fibres. Cut up a fleece baby blanket and used that dipped in chamomile tea as washables. (different coulour for face)

ben5 Wed 01-May-13 09:41:23

when we left hospital with ds1
ds2 they used wipes from about 2 weeks

gourd Wed 01-May-13 13:48:51

We still use cotton wool and water or toilet roll if bum not too messy and ours is 2 and a half years old. Wipes are pretty useless (except for removing oil from bikes/carpet/clothes)...

WifeofGru Wed 01-May-13 13:52:27

I am speechless. My two girls always had poo explosions leaking out the nappy and down their legs. I would go through up to 4 sleepsuits a day. A few bits of cotton wool just wouldn't have cut it!!

PearlyWhites Wed 01-May-13 13:57:01

Less than a day

KoreRenati Wed 01-May-13 13:58:14

As soon as we had to take him out for a day and didn't fancy lugging water and cotton wool with us.

paneer Wed 01-May-13 13:58:15

bum - 18 months!! (when at home)

imustbepatient Wed 01-May-13 14:03:11

Ditto same as intheshed. Have a six month old and a two year old, neither have ever had more than a fleeting glimpse of nappy rash despite using wipes pretty much from the start.

Maybe I've just been lucky though! Interesting to hear that cotton wool isn't used / pushed at all in some other countries.

TSSDNCOP Wed 01-May-13 14:03:51

Next time you have a cold, wipe your nose with a Pampers Sensitive wet wipe.

Not nice.

fishybits Wed 01-May-13 14:04:40

1 nappy change

ButtonBoo Wed 01-May-13 16:13:07

At about 2 months. Much more practical when you're out and about too.

If you're worried about them being too harsh, maybe start with the 'sensitive' range. We used the pampers sensitive ones and they were great. Huggies were like wiping with that scratchy toilet paper you used to have at school! They are on offer all the time though. Maybe that's why?!!

stargirl1701 Wed 01-May-13 16:20:17

About 3 months. We switched to reusable wipes - Cheeky Wipes. I really love them & save us a fortune. Great for DD too as she has eczema.

sweetkitty Wed 01-May-13 16:28:09

About a week with DD1, erm never used cotton wool for the next 3.

Hardly any nappy rash or reaction to the wipes.

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