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

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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).

50shadesofbrown Mon 29-Apr-13 22:58:22

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

pumpkinsweetie Tue 30-Apr-13 02:15:54

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).

FreeButtonBee Tue 30-Apr-13 03:12:29

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!

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