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Baby wipes on newborns

(47 Posts)
Newmum2013 Mon 18-Feb-13 15:26:57

Hello! Can anyone offer any advice / insight on using baby wipes on new babies. I know the advice is to use cotton wool balls and water which I plan to do in the day. But just wondering about using wipes in the middle of the night to save messing with top and tail bowl etc? Or should I stick with cotton wool and water?

Hope this all makes sense!

MightBeMad Mon 18-Feb-13 15:30:54

I think the advice to use cotton wool and water is to avoid the chemicals on brand new sensitive skin. If you wanted to give it a go through there are some wipes that seem/claim to be less chemically than others. I suspect it's probably a matter of luck how sensitive your baby's skin is as to whether they are absolutely fine or it makes them a bit sore. Good luck!

WannabeWilloughby Mon 18-Feb-13 15:31:43

Hi Newmum... DC1 had cotton wool and cool boiled water. If the HV had advised me to bathe him in the tears of virgins I would have done it. DC2 came along 18 months after DC1and had to rough it with wet wipes. hadn't got the time to faff. Didn't affect him at all and both have gorgeous squidgy bums wink

stargirl1701 Mon 18-Feb-13 15:31:55

We use reuseable wipes. They are made from bamboo and are just wet from water.

GoByTrain Mon 18-Feb-13 15:32:22

I used just cotton wool and water for the first year (at least). I still always finish bum cleaning with cotton wool and water (now 2 and a half).

BUT i just use the same bowl of water over the length of the day - i.e. I don't refill bowl every time (but then, it's not dirty water: I only put clean cotton wool in it). So, in my view, no more faff than wet wipes but much kinder on the tush. Possibly more enviro-fiendly and perhaps also cheaper? Not sure. (PS Refilling a new bowl with body-warm just-so water - as I did for the first couple of weeks - is, however, a faff.)

But of course, if you find you hate using cotton wool and water then just use baby wipes - NB there is one brand (I forget the name) that is especially kind to the skin.

Badgerwife Mon 18-Feb-13 16:26:32

I really wouldn't use wipes until they're about two months old, what with baby skin being so new, there's simply no need and is lots of money.

You don't really need to change them in the middle of the night unless they've done a poo, so just leave a glass of water by the side with the cotton wool, it won't be anymore faff than looking for the wipes. Like GoByTrain says, just use a new cotton wool each time. Within a couple of days, you'll have figured out what you prefer anyway.

MiaowTheCat Mon 18-Feb-13 16:55:04

Bad mummy - I used them from the second we got the hell outta the hospital... stopped the idiot dog trying to eat the cotton wool that way! Bum unscathed and utterly sqidgeable (except when covered in poo obviously)

badguider Mon 18-Feb-13 16:59:42

I'm not keen on the chemicals in babywipes but on the other hand - what's with the cottonwool? Can you not just get little soft cloths and wash them?

And boiled water?!? seriously?? wtf is in drinking water that can't touch their bums?

surprise11871 Mon 18-Feb-13 17:08:15

hi my lo is 6 weeks old an in the hospital i asked if i needed water n the midwife said if i had wipes use them! which i did at home i use cotton wool n warm water straight from tap i don't boil it and at night and out and about i use Johnsons extra sensitive wipes and my little boys bottom has been fine but i suppose every baby is different

milktraylady Mon 18-Feb-13 17:42:36

There's an Eco brand that I am planning on using "jackson Reese".
No nasties and they even do an unfragranced version.
I think faffing about with cotton wool sounds like far too much faff!

fertilityFTW Mon 18-Feb-13 17:48:51

Still expecting here - but read about Waterwipes. Again, no experience as yet, but was thinking they might be worth a try just for convenience. Seem to have no chemicals etc. in them - but presumably they'd go off once opened pretty quick, may be a good back-up option?

FoofFighter Mon 18-Feb-13 17:49:32

I will be using wipes in hospital regardless of what the pushy MW say! My baby, my way ;)

I will be using reuseable wipes at home though.

Cotton wool makes my teeth itch plus I have very dry sore hands and it just gets stuck everywhere.

WipsGlitter Mon 18-Feb-13 17:50:09

Cotton wool balls are a nightmare. One they are wet they are tiny and wouldn't get a speck off poo off. Use the big makeup wipe style ones (oval) instead.

Or wipes like me bad mummy!

Rockchick1984 Mon 18-Feb-13 18:01:19

Water wipes off kiddicare.com are amazing but not cheap! I used them with DS when out and about, bought a load of cheap flannels from poundland to use in the house and just rinsed immediately then washed with a normal wash load. Still prefer flannels to wipes an DS is 2, they just get rid of the poo better! Gave up on water wipes apart from if he's had nappy rash (usually just when teething).

Tigresswoods Mon 18-Feb-13 18:01:26

A year?!?!?! shock

12ylnon Mon 18-Feb-13 18:01:39

These are fab

TinkyPeet Mon 18-Feb-13 18:05:19

I've always used johnsons wipes and will for this one too, if mws frown ill frown back! Lol x

Dogsmom Mon 18-Feb-13 18:08:04

I'll be using wipes, I've got the Johnsons newborn ones which they claim are perfectly safe on the skin, a friend of mine recently gave birth and the midwives told her to use wipes as they clean the area better and quicker, she found with the cotton wool she was wiping and wiping and making her daughters skin red whereas the wipe removed it straight away.

Huggies do new dry wipes. They are the same type of tissue as the regular wet Huggies wipes but dry. You could wet them with plain water and use that. No bits of cotton wool stuck everywhere.

Newmum2013 Mon 18-Feb-13 19:57:58

Ive got some of the buggies dry wipes. Didn't think of
The simple idea of a glass of water! Thanks for ideas / suggestions and not making me feel lazy/ bad for suggesting using wipes instead of climbing out of bed and doing it 'properly'! Won't be changing in the night unles it's a dirty / really wet one! All the wipes we have are for sensitive skin anyway, I'm sure it will be fine!

Stixswhichtwizzle Mon 18-Feb-13 20:30:28

I use water wipes meant ironed above ^^ all other wipes made my DD get very very sore sad We didn't t start using wipes until 10 wks either. I'd honestly use water and cotton wool or flannels as suggested as you just don't know how sensitive your baby's skin will be and a tiny tot who screams when you wipe their bottom because is red raw is horrific.

Blobby11 Mon 18-Feb-13 22:12:34

I used waterwipes. They were great and never dried out no matter how long I left the packet open for.

They do cost more than normal ones so I used them for the first 12 weeks since that was how long the health visitor said I should use cotton wool and water for. There were reasonable deals on Amazon for bulk buying.

I then switched to sensitive wipes. Been fine with Pampers, Boots and all the supermarkets but for some reason huggies pure always give ds a red bum

jellybeans Mon 18-Feb-13 22:13:08

I used cotton wool for first few days followed by baby wipes for older two and then baby wipes from the get go for younger three.

Flisspaps Mon 18-Feb-13 22:17:17

I never used anything other than wipes on my two. They didn't have any kind of sensitivity to them. I haven't the patience to be dealing with cotton wool and water, I'm so clumsy that I'd have knocked the water over every time, and I found I had enough washing to deal with without adding pooey wipes to the pile.

Tranquilitybaby Tue 19-Feb-13 01:04:53

Have you removed make up from your skin with baby wipes? I did and was shocked as my face stung afterwards so would never use them in a newborns skin tbh. Johnsons, I wouldn't use on my dog!

I have never been able to use even sensitive wipes on my two as they get horrible nappy rash and eczema break outs.

I use Asda little angels large cotton pads (100 pack) they are always on 2 for £2.50, much cheaper than boots and other supermarkets and good quality. Cotton wool balls just smear it around. You can wet a pile of them and squeeze out the excess water then leave the pile wrapped inside travel changing mat and they won't dry out overnight. Much less chance of knocking over containers of water when half asleep that way. Wish I had figured that out for dd1.

TackyChristmastreedelivery Tue 19-Feb-13 01:56:22

I read the 'ingredients' on baby wipes and decided no way. so used a bowl of water.and either cotton wool or washable wipes. I just took cotton wool out and wet it under tap in baby change rooms. no bother.

IsThatTrue Tue 19-Feb-13 02:07:40

I've used wipes from the minute ds2 was born. He's been fine. Even though he has some sensitivity to washing powder, wipes don't affect him. I did have a sample pack of water wipes which were as good as other wipes (slightly more sturdy if anything) but as he is fine with others it's not worth the extra money.

I've never had my face sting from using a baby wipe to remove make up either and my dcs appear to have similar skin to myself. I think it is something that varies hugely from person to person.

TheDetective Tue 19-Feb-13 03:02:52

I'm using cotton wool and water still at 12 weeks. If my baby didn't have sensitive skin, I might not. But the wipes seem to make him look instantly sore confused plus they took wet gloss paint off my carpets!!.

I use the big packs of folded cotton wool so you can just rip how much you want off. I also only clean for poo nappies, he gets at least 3 washes of the bum a day anyway, and he has 5-10 mins of nappy free time per change so I don't bother wiping for just a wet nappy when frequent wiping just irritates. Have found this the best way for us. Every baby is different. You will find your own way. smile

ChairmanWow Tue 19-Feb-13 06:34:47

I'm going to be on DC2. I used cotton balls and boiled water last time but it is such a faff and you have to use loads of them to remove poo. Not the most fun when bleary eyed at 3am. I reckon I'll try some unfragranced/sensitive wipes and see if her bot copes.

DeathMetalMum Tue 19-Feb-13 09:03:14

Never used cotton wool on dd1 didn't even realise we were supposed to tbh. Only ever had nappy rash when she has had bouts of diahroea (sp sorry) . She has eczema so also has sensitive skin and not been a problem for her.

We have found we can use any brand of wipes on her. Though only started trying anything since she was about 12months before that we used Huggies/Pampers sensitive.

itsaruddygame Tue 19-Feb-13 10:52:51

Not sure how to link to it but there has been a study done by Lavender et al (2012) that showed no negative affect on new born babies skin from the use of sensitive baby wipes (I think they used Johnsons). In fact if I recall correctly the baby wipe group faired slightly better than the water and cotton wool group in terms of nappy rash and other skin conditions.

Beatrixpotty Tue 19-Feb-13 11:04:52

As a cautious 1st time mum I religiously used cotton wool & water on my first for a few weeks,then such a relief switching to wipes,but used sensitive baby wipes for my second from the minute he was born!But neither had sensitive skin so depends on the baby.I could tell pretty quickly with the second that his skin would be fine.My next one will be getting wipes too!

Chopsypie Tue 19-Feb-13 11:08:15

oh dear, bad mummy alert! Baby wipes from birth with both of mine. I use Aldi sensitive wipes

chroniclackofimagination Tue 19-Feb-13 11:16:11

DS1 had bad eczema and his dermatologist recommended water wipes. They are great and I've used them on DS2 from birth. I use pampers sensitive on my two year old and would never ever use Johnson's.

pictish Tue 19-Feb-13 11:18:05

I used non perfumed baby wipes from the word go with no ill effects at all.
I dislike cotton wool...it disgusts me, so I just went for wet cloths and wipes.
Was fine.

DanniiH Tue 19-Feb-13 11:22:42

I used cotton wool pads (not balls) with ds for about the first couple of months until I used wipes out and about once and thought what the hell am doing faffing around. And why do you have to use boiled water, You don't use it in the bath so what's the difference, I just used tap water. In hospital the midwives actually offered me baby wipes but I stuck to my guns and used time consuming cotton wool and water!

Anyway I certainly wouldn't bother again, it'll be wipes all the way for me in future! x

cyclecamper Tue 19-Feb-13 11:34:43

I use washable wipes and water. I always carry a waterbottle so I always have water with me. They can also be used for faces and hands for older children (and me). I just have a plastic bag to bring them home and bung them in the machine. They clean better and are gentler, so you don't need to use much if any nappy cream. We use ordinary baby wipes for cleaning the bikes and for us when camping.

Dogsmom Tue 19-Feb-13 11:50:03

I'm not sure if it makes a difference if you live in a hard water area (I do) but I suffer from rosacea on my face, if I use just water my skin goes incredibly dry and blotchy within half an hour but if I use Simple wipes I have no problems at all.
Unless you boil water it'll be full of chemicals too plus contaminants from going through miles of pipes.

Like someone else says it'll vary from baby to baby whether they get sensitive skin or not so do what's most convenient for you and if the skin looks like it's getting sore then try something else.

Jayne266 Tue 19-Feb-13 11:54:58

Get a Tupperware and fill everyday with cool boiled water and cotton balls that's what I did. I ended up using the cotton discs in the end as a little cotton ball wasn't enough sometimes.

I used baby wipes in the hospital with both of mine. I used Boots ones that said they were suitable for newborn skin

TheDetective Tue 19-Feb-13 12:59:29

That study was sponsored by a baby wipe company. J&J I think. I laughed when I read it, I remember that much.

You do not need to use cooled boiled water on bums. Just eyes if the need cleaning.


Nicolaeus Tue 19-Feb-13 13:07:11

At first i used cotton wool squares (ones meant for babies) with a kind of oil mixture which is standard in France. Then when we moved flats and put the changing table in the bathroom we use cotton squares with water from the tap.

Only use wipes when not at home. Much cheaper this way

ksrwr Tue 19-Feb-13 13:08:15

i was planning to use water and cotton wool on my newborn, but when she finally arrived, she was covered in poo (what is that newborn poo called again) so the midwife opened a pack of wipes and cleaned her up. so i thought, well if its good enough for the midwife, its good enough for me. so when i had time on my hands i did the water and cotton wool thing, when i didn't, it was wipes!
just do the best you can, but cut corners when you need to ;-)

I never used cotton wool and water. What a faff. (also never seen my mother use them on any of her 7 children). Used wipes from the get go, although was given some cotton wool (4 balls :/) after I gave birth.

It helps rash if you let their bum actually dry before you put the next nappy on. I've found LO only gets a rash if his bum doesn't have time to dry in between changes, you can dry with a flannel (earmarked for bum use only) or let it air dry for a few minutes.

Oh, and now I use re-usable wipes, flannel squares soaked in water. No nasty chemicals.

DaveMccave Tue 19-Feb-13 13:30:14

You can get nice bamboo and velour double sided washable wipes on weenotions website, or etsy.

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