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Handwashing for 11 week old

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NoviceKnitter Thu 13-Sep-07 12:57:22

DD is 11 weeks and we have been washing her with just water (and a bit of olive oil for dry skin)

Now she's beginning to suck her hands and fingers like crazy, and to grab at stuff, I'm wondering if I need to introduce something stronger for hands only.

Any thoughts?

FluffyMummy123 Thu 13-Sep-07 12:57:37

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NoviceKnitter Thu 13-Sep-07 12:58:54

Sorry, why doing what?

flowerybeanbag Thu 13-Sep-07 12:59:55

DS is 4 months, and the way I look at it is you can't sterilise everything in sight, and equally you can't monitor them and wash their hands every 5 minutes either.
I tend to just give DS's hands a bit of a wipe with a babywipe every so often tbh.

<bad mother>

FluffyMummy123 Thu 13-Sep-07 13:00:35

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LilRedWG Thu 13-Sep-07 13:02:25

DD's get washed at bedtime (when I remember blush) and the rest of the time just a wipe down - she's 16 months. As flowery said, you can't sterilise everything in sight. It'll help her natural immunity (at least that's what I tell myself, but maybe I'm just slatternly).

NoviceKnitter Thu 13-Sep-07 13:04:05

Hi Flowery how are you?

Icod, I just give them a wipe with wet cotton wool on days she doesn't have a bath (most)

Just wondered at what stage she'd need something stronger. Certainly don't want her sterile but just wondered when handwashing as basic hygiene kicks in...

lailasmum Thu 13-Sep-07 13:04:10

wouldn't worry about specifically washing hands, just a bit of a wipe every now and again.

lailasmum Thu 13-Sep-07 13:05:52

I reckon hand washing as basic hygiene so they get into the habit kicks in when they start on solids. So they know to wash hands before a meal.

Tigana Thu 13-Sep-07 13:08:18

I would think just water is fine unless she has been sticking fingers in dogs mouth/down nappy etc.

11 weeks still pretty young for introducing the habit of washing your hands before meals etc plus it is a real PITA dangling a baby over a sink and turning taps on/off etc etc.

LIZS Thu 13-Sep-07 13:08:27

don't think I ever bothered . Once they are eating solids and into things you'll have to wash them or use wipes as a matter of course.

KommandantColditz Thu 13-Sep-07 13:09:19

The first time you catch her chewing mud off the pushchair wheels, or the cat's ear, or the toilet brush, you will wonder why you ever wasted your timewink

LilRedWG Thu 13-Sep-07 13:09:57

Like lailasmum, I wipe DD's hands before and after she eats and will instigate actually washing at the sink when she can walk to it and stand and wash them.

NoviceKnitter Thu 13-Sep-07 13:10:59

Thanks all, I'm not OCD, honest blush, just cheking was doing right thing!

Twiglett Thu 13-Sep-07 13:11:27

washing a baby's hands shock .. whatever next?

get a grip people, what do you think they're doing with their hands that they need washing more than a bath?

EffiePerine Thu 13-Sep-07 13:12:03

Quick dab with a baby wipe occasionally tp remove top layer of grime. Dirt is good for them

flowerybeanbag Thu 13-Sep-07 13:12:14

Hi novice, not too bad thanks, still envy over your car seat cover grin

How are you apart from OCD tendencies..wink

StarlightMcKenzie Thu 13-Sep-07 13:17:48

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flowerybeanbag Thu 13-Sep-07 13:18:12

rofl Starlight!

NoviceKnitter Thu 13-Sep-07 13:25:07

She's already being primed for dishwasher loading, and morning tea runs wink

Very well thanks Flowery. Car seat seems to be getting heavier by the day...

RedBundle Thu 13-Sep-07 13:28:48

i thought you meant something like dreft or stergene hmm

flowerybeanbag Thu 13-Sep-07 14:04:28

tell me about it, I am getting fabulous arm muscles myself grin

UniSarah Thu 13-Sep-07 20:44:17

Wet flannel every now and again or if shes been pawing somethig particularly grubby like teh dog or lawn.
kids need to eat a bit of dirt its good for them.

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