wet wipes on a newborn?

(55 Posts)
fuckwittery Wed 23-Oct-13 22:33:28

DH is asking why I don't want to use wet wipes on our newborn. I can't actually find anything online as to why they are not recommended, nir any official advice, but I was thinking cotton wool and water only for the first month? THe wipes we have are sensitive unfragranced and say they are suitable for newborns.... Is this true?

DS1-I used cooled boiled water and cotton wool balls.

DS2-Pampers wipes from birth.

They were absolutely fine and far less of a faff.

Disclaimer-This was 2002 and things may have changed.

Doodledumdums Wed 23-Oct-13 22:37:50

I know the official guidelines advise against wet wipes for newborns, but I used them from day one. I had a caesarean and thanks to the useless postnatal care I received, it was really difficult for me to keep having to get fresh water for nappy changes while in hospital (once DH had gone home), and no one helped me, so I gave in and used the wet wipes which state they are suitable for newborns, and I can confirm that my DS is nearly 10mo now and absolutely fine smile

Congratulations on your lovely newborn!

Strumpetron Wed 23-Oct-13 22:38:34

You're not advised to apparently, just cotton buds and water.

Strumpetron Wed 23-Oct-13 22:40:13

Actually I do know a brand that midwives use, or rather the ones I know. They're called Water Wipes. I once won a years supply which I used for my face as I don't have a child blush

heidihole Wed 23-Oct-13 22:40:27

Google "waterwipes" we buy them from Amazon and they are wet wipes but just water. no chemicals whatsoever. Just the same as cotton wool and water, but in the form of a wet wipe. I still use them and DC is 17m now!

heidihole Wed 23-Oct-13 22:40:38

cross post!

Strumpetron Wed 23-Oct-13 22:40:54

Great minds! grin

Slavetominidictator Wed 23-Oct-13 22:43:58

My newborn was allergic to pampers sensitive wipes (I didn't know you weren't supposed to use wipes with a newborn). So I changed to water wipes and she was fine.

BouquetFanjo Wed 23-Oct-13 22:48:20

I had DD1 and used cotton wool and water for ages.

I then realised that was waste of time.

Pampers nappies and wipes are harsh, as are johnsons. They are awful, awful things. Really affected my babies bums.
Huggies were my next brand of choice but they have since discontinued.
Aldi nappies and scent free wipes are perfect. I found this out by accident from other forums. Tesco vests was another invaluable tip.
I had twins and only used cotton wool and cool boiled water on their faces. Wipes on bums from day one.
The midwives in the hospital didn't bat an eyelid.

sleepyhead Wed 23-Oct-13 22:53:20

I used water and cotton wool only on ds1 for about 3 months.

With ds2 it was unscented wipes as soon as we got home from hospital blush

No difference in their skin afaics.

If your newborn starts looking at all sore though I'd stop using them.

twoboysundertwo Wed 23-Oct-13 22:54:21

DS1- cotton wool
DS2- wipes!!!!!

fuckwittery Thu 24-Oct-13 09:20:20

Thanks all, hadnt heard of waterwipes so will def get some. Baby is redhaired and pale skinned and her skin just looks so new and sensitive so I'm going to try to stick to cotton wool in the day at home, and waterwipes for night and out and about. We have Johnsons extra sensitive but I use them to get stains off anything and I'm sure if they can do that they are not good for a newborn!

fuckwittery Thu 24-Oct-13 09:21:10

She is a precious third born btw!

CatchesTheNightTrain Thu 24-Oct-13 09:33:05

A baby's skin ph takes 6 weeks to settle down post birth in our environment. That is the reason no products other than water are used on a babies skin. Allowing the skin to adapt and settle without introducing chemicals (wet wipes/ soaps etc) can avoid the development of childhood eczema and the like.

However as a mother I do understand the convenience if wipes. The water wipes are great but so expensive for what they are.

At the end of the day you have to do what makes life easiest for you and results in a happy mum and baby, as midwives we give you the information and it's up to you what choices you make - it's the same with regard to feeding. We should be giving you the information and supporting whatever choice you make.

Hope that helps?

galwaygirl Thu 24-Oct-13 09:33:51

DS's skin was irritated by the Pampers sensitive ones but Asda ones were great. We did the cotton wool thing with DD but used wipes straight away with DS and he's fine.

I used wipes from birth with both babies, both absolutely fine.

QTPie Thu 24-Oct-13 09:58:42

We used "Simple" wipes with DS from when we got home from the hospital: these were excellent (other brands gave him a rash).

MuffCakes Thu 24-Oct-13 10:01:23

I know your supposed to use water and cotton wool but I used wet wipes from birth and slapped sudu cream on after so I didn't feel to guilty grin

StickChildrenTwo Thu 24-Oct-13 14:59:09

I used cotton wool in the hospital and wipes as soon as we got home with both our babies. Neither one of them EVER had nappy rash or any reaction at all to them.

MirandaWest Thu 24-Oct-13 15:02:19

I used wet wipes on DD and she got a rash. She was neglected second child (DS probably had water and cotton wool (pleats not balls which are impossible to use) so went back to water again and she was fine smile

BerstieSpotts Thu 24-Oct-13 15:08:49

I was all well-intentioned to use cotton wool and water and then forgot to put them in the labour bag (probably a good thing as thinking back where the fuck would you acquire water from on a postnatal ward?) - XP ended up running to the hospital shop when DS had his first poo and just bought totally normal wipes, not even sensitive ones.

He was absolutely fine.

BerstieSpotts Thu 24-Oct-13 15:11:47

Really? Have they been linked to development of eczema? I didn't realise that. I suppose we were lucky then confused

I did prefer to use warm water for poo once we were home, and especially after weaning, because it seemed to dissolve it better than scrubbing away with a wipe which didn't seem very nice. But cotton wool is so impractical, far too fluffy and the balls are too small.

ScreamingNaanAndGoryOn Thu 24-Oct-13 15:16:00

DC1, water and cotton wool.
DC2, wipes.

I am pleased to report that their bums are both just fine.

nf1morethanjustlumpsandbumps Thu 24-Oct-13 15:18:17

Cotton wool and water in hospital
Huggies/Simple wipes the day he got home

Doodledums the same for me the post-natal care left a lot to be desired after a crash section.

Wipes from birth for both DC here. I'm not sure how we would have got meconium off their bottoms with tiny cotton balls and water confused Both are fine and not a hint of skin sensitivity or eczema smile

magentastardust Thu 24-Oct-13 15:31:59

DC1-cotton wool and water first week or two then on to wipes.
DC2-cotton wool and water first 2 days then on to wipes.
DC3-wipes as soon as out of hospital

I found Johnsons and Pampers quite harsh but the Huggies newborn or whatever they are called -cream packaging with baby on front very sensitive and not strong smelling or harsh.
Huggies nappies have been discontinued but wipes still on the go.

magentastardust Thu 24-Oct-13 15:32:46

and whoever said cotton buds and water -I presume they mean cotton wool balls? That would take hours ! smile

FortyFacedFuckers Thu 24-Oct-13 15:36:23

I used wipes straight away with DS (was never told not to) and it was fine

Thesunrising Thu 24-Oct-13 16:49:23

Water wipes are good but expensive. Though Ocado currently has a large pack with 20% off. Far cheaper in the long run though is to get a bundle of cheap flannels from somewhere like Ikea or some softer bamboo or fleece wipes off eBay and most washable nappy suppliers. More practical for using at home rather than out and about, but will save you £££ in the long run

Strumpetron Thu 24-Oct-13 17:35:50

magenta Oops blush I did mean balls haha!

snakeweave Thu 24-Oct-13 17:42:45

we used wipes from birth. in fact dd's first nappy change was done by a paediatrician and she used wipes. no sensitivity, no nappy rash.

lagoonhaze Thu 24-Oct-13 17:45:33

Waterwipes as recommended by previous posters are fab as are making your own reusables for at home

Mrspebble Thu 24-Oct-13 17:51:19

I use the water wipes on my DS.. (Five weeks old) when out and about.

Then I use Johnson lotion and cotton wool or water and cotton wool.

I am then going to go onto extra sensitive Johnson wipes as they are mainly water.

The water wipes are great I think.

BarberryRicePud Thu 24-Oct-13 19:00:51

Cotton wool and water with dc1.

Planned to use wipes from day1 with dc2 but her skin had other ideas. Finally for d water wiyes which are great. (and 3 for 2 in the boots baby event at the mo)

mrsmartin1984 Thu 24-Oct-13 19:27:02

I used to used wet wipes all the time but LO got nappy rash. I now use a mixture of wet wipes, fleece wipes, cotton wool.

Make sure bum is dry before putting a nappy in. Some babies with sensitive skin get sore with wipes

TheNumberfaker Thu 24-Oct-13 21:20:13

I used cotton balls and water for the first 4-6 weeks with both my DDs.
There were a couple of basins in our postnatal ward, are there really wards without them?

Somethingpink Thu 24-Oct-13 21:28:52

I am going to be using huggies pure water wipes (12 packs for £10 at Asda). I have had 2 previous cs so getting to water all the time was hard work and these were the next best thing. Huggies pure have no scent whatsoever and are great, both my dc have suffered with eczema and these were fine for them smile

yellowsnownoteatwillyou Thu 24-Oct-13 21:40:28

I got a big box of water wipes from amazon when I was pregnant and have used them for 3 months, I got more in boots 3 for 2 offer.
If you get them from amazon a tip, make sure the delivery driver brings them in the house not dumps them on the front step thrusts the thing to sign and walks off, as you will be left standing looking at the very heavy box and not be able to lift it.

hooochycoo Mon 28-Oct-13 11:21:32

Surprised that no one has mentioned the environmental aspect if wet wipes? They don't break down you know, the are making tonnes of rubbish, just for your convenience.

An easy easy way to not use wet wipes, chop up some old flannels, towels, a fleece blanket or something. Get an old ice cream tub, or Tupperware or such like, pour boiling water in it and a drop of tea tree oil and put the cut up towel in there. Use them to clean babies bum. When dirty put in a delicates bag . When delicates bag full bung in washing machine. Then you don't even have to dry them, just put them back in the Tupperware! If you're out and about, bung some in a sandwhich bag and take a sand which bag with you for the dirty ones. You can even make up a gentle wah solution out of camomile tea, olive oil and tea tree if you like. Or you could not bother and just stick to water.

Pisses me off that people use wet wipes all the time when a cloth, flannel or a quick duck in the sink would do. Think of the mess you create rather than you 're conscience.

hooochycoo Mon 28-Oct-13 11:22:58

Rather than your convenience I meant. Sorry auto correct

ZingWantsCake Mon 28-Oct-13 11:33:26

always used wet wipes, from day one - unless raw bottom from teething

I do like the Johnson and Johnson's aloe vera version when they are newborn, but I always switch back to tesco ones after about a month or two.

jerryfudd Mon 28-Oct-13 11:47:18

Wet wipes with all mine from day one and all ok (no skin conditions etc).

diddlediddledumpling Mon 28-Oct-13 11:52:04

I used cotton wool pads with water for maybe first 3 months with my 3 (family history of eczema). I found they just worked better to be honest. Wouldn't dream of using balls, would take an age, but Superdrug and Tesco both do large square or rectangular pads that I bought on offer.

TombOfMummyBeerest Mon 28-Oct-13 12:58:40

I just use baby washcloths and water with DD. I use a spray bottle for the water so I don't constantly have to wet the washcloths from the sink. She's never had a rash.

Gingersnap88 Mon 28-Oct-13 13:05:14

I use Cheeky Wipes, they are amazingly simple, chemical free and work well. I would never use wet wipes now- just look at the ingredients, so much crap in there for their brand new skin!

Meglet Mon 28-Oct-13 13:05:47

DS - cotton wool and water for a couple of weeks. Then sensitive wipes.

DD - wipes as soon as we got home from the hospital. No skin problems.

ColdTeaAgain Mon 28-Oct-13 13:15:27

I agree with hoochycoo about the environmental aspect, have only used cotton wool so far and i don't find it a faff at all and the cotton wool absorbs poo way better than wipes! Only downside of cotton wool is the plastic bags it comes in plus lots of pesticides used to grow cotton. I got some very cheap towels to chop up to make flannels when i get round to it. Can use them once and chuck in the wash with the nappies, saves money and very easy!

clam Mon 28-Oct-13 13:16:35

I think cotton wool and cooled boiled water is only ever something that new mothers do with their firstborn. After a couple of weeks farting about with poncey bowls that get kicked over by a wriggly baby they come to their senses switch to 'naice' wetwipes like the rest of the world.

diddlediddledumpling Mon 28-Oct-13 13:47:26

Except, clam, the op has used cotton wool and water on 3 babies now, as did I. So not just for first-time mums.

yellowsnownoteatwillyou Mon 28-Oct-13 14:27:54

Hooochy you made a good point, I was all up for doing that exact thing, but from 5 months pregnant till now 3 month old baby, all my ligaments turned to chewing gum and things like extra washing and slightly faffing were well off my radar, picking my baby up without crying in pain were my main priority. But you are right you have given me a kick up the ass to get back to what I planned in the first place. grin

hooochycoo Tue 29-Oct-13 13:18:20

No problem, glad to be of service. My sympathy to you, SPD is awful, I had it too with my youngest. Hope you feel better soon x

It really is very little extra work though if you put your washable wipes in a delicates bag when they are dirty. It 's a pain in the arse if you don't thoug, get the wee fuckers all over the shop and have to deprecate them from your other washing and it's most annoying . Strangely it took me a baby to realise that you don't need to dry them! What a fanny, with my PFB I was forever pegging tiny cloths on the line and finding them down the back of radiators. I blame sleep deprivation!

Nowadays I always carry s couple of flannels about with me too, and when babies or messy kids need wiping the get wiped with that. It's easy enough to get hot water from a sink somewhere, or even ask for a cup of hot water in a cafe. Or even just have a wee bottle of cold on you. Drives me mad seeing people using half a packet of wet wipes to wipe their kids in cafes. Worse still, I 've seen folk do it in their own houses. When sat at kitchen tables a couple of feet away from sinks. Or in bathrooms next to showers! I just don 't understand why anyone would need to routinely use wet wipes at home. How can you be do foolish and irresponsible to not realise how lucky your are to have access to instant hot water to keep your children clean, and instead chose to waste money and make rubbish! Crazy! If my kids are dirty they get washed, not wiped with chemicals!

oscarwilde Tue 29-Oct-13 14:15:05

Cotton wool and water for DD1. Used Pampers Sensitive to deal with the black poo and her bottom was livid within hours. I felt terrible, she was literally levitating off the changing mat with every change of nappy. She was sensitive to any kind after that until we discovered Water Wipes.
DD2 was WW from birth with no reaction though I did use cotton wool and water in the hospital.
Ikea do light flannels which are great for general hand and face wiping and I agree with hoochy, it's mad to use disposables at home for those purposes. Generally though I wouldn't bother with reusable wipes for the bottom area as it would take far too long to put together enough for a boil wash. With reusable nappies too, yes but otherwise it would just take too long.

hooochycoo Tue 29-Oct-13 14:53:04

You don't need to boil wash them, just wash at 60 and any germs will be killed. Just stick them in with the rest of the baby's clothes and bedding, they've probably got any germs in them that wipes would have. It's just poo you know, it 's not nuclear waste, it washes out.

anderel Tue 29-Oct-13 15:02:33

We used cotton wool and water/huggies wipes for the 3 days we wete in hospital. Once home used our washable wipes. Waaaay better for cleaning a pooey bum than smeary wetwipes!

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