Already got a boy and nappy changing was no problem as everything on the outside. Baby girl born this morning and has had an amazing amount of muconium since. Please tell me how/how much to clean her bits.
I had a girl first. When DS was born I was amazed how much easier it was to clean his "bits"
Golden rule with girls (as I'm sure you know) is to wipe front to back (up to down!). So one bit of cotton wool and warm water, wipe, discard. Meconium is so hard to clean. You'll use loads! Don't worry, it gets easier, you won't need shares in cotton wool long term.
Don't worry about getting "in" to the folds. Just clean what you can see
congratiolations! I had a boy first as well and then a girl. oh what a difference. I use cotton pads with warm water and baby lotion, this gently cleans of the icky stuff and moisturises the skin as well. always wipe from front to bottom and also a little bit but very gently between the labia. you don*t need to clean inside, as the vagina itself is selfcleaning, just gently on the outside.
See, I had a girl first and found a boy much more puzzling. How the hell do you get meconium off a scrotum?
In fact I asked dh, who claimed not to know. I pointed out that he should know, being the only other scrotum owner in the family, and he said that he never pooed on his so why would he know how to clean poo off one?
For girls - very soggy cotton wool squeezed out as you go front to back then discard.
Don't clean too thoroughly. Treat the inner folds of her bits as you would a boy's foreskin (ie. you shouldnt ro9ll back/clean under his foreskin, neither should you go mad cleaning ever tiny inner bit of your girl's vulva). Wipe front to back and avoid perfumed wipes etc - ime, girls react worse to these than boys do.
Just re-read post. OMG brand new baby. Well done. Congratulations. Hope you are both OK. Hope you get a good night's sleep. Had Ds first then DD. DD's are fab - they get even better as they get bigger.
Am so impressed - new baby - and you can post/type/ask questions. SUPERMUM
Congratulations! Warm water with olive oil is very good for wiping, and front to back as everyone says. I would avoid baby lotions on a newborn as they often contain massive amounts of perfume and can cause nasty reactions.
Am due with DS today so will remember the Vaseline tip and also be interested to see what DH says about getting poo off a scrotum!