But of course!! It is compulsory to have a giant bucket sized pot of vaseline which will sit "unused" in your cupboard forever, yet 10 years on, when you realise that you need some, the surface will be covered in fluff and dirty fingerprints
hi, i use vaseline as a barrier on my toddler and will do the same when second baby arrives. vaseline is also great to moisturise baby all over if you have eczema in the family as any other harsher moisturiser can set eczema off. i only ever used sudocrem twice when nappy rash did appear, it is much drier consistency than vaseline.
i have never used anything on ds's bum except when he had two x 24 hr flare ups of nappy rash when he was teething. I was advised that as long as your baby is changed regularly they wont get rash. It's poo that does it, not urine. There is a downloadable doc about it on the nappylady website
I use sudocreme at each nappy change on my 5 month old DS to prevent nappy rash. Also use it on his underarms if they are looking a bit pink / damp. Have never used Vaseline. Have not had nappy rash yet.
I have got a tub of sudocreme. A tube of bepanthan. Some vasaline. Sone waitrose baby bottom stuff. A whole burts bees giftset. Umpteen things of talc. All unopened and unused. DS is 2 and a bit, i've never used any products on him, apart from an occasional drop of baby wash and he is, and always has been flawless, soft and sweet smelling
Try using the Waitrose bottom butter on your face...supposed to be a brilliant lux moisturiser...(I work for Waitrose, after it got published in Cosmo [or some other like mag], we got through a years supply in about 4 weeks...mental, people are still buying it too...it is very nice on my expanding bump).
I never did unless they appeared to be getting a rash. I'd use Un-Petroleum jelly on them if they had diarrhoea and Weleda nappy cream if they got a rash, but mostly I'd leave them to kick on a matt with no nappy on. DS did get thrush, but that is common in BF baby sometimes.
I think you don't put something on baby's bum as a matter of course. Two reasons. It increases faff factor. Also, they say that too much cream intereferes with the magical chemical wonder that it modern disposable nappies (but maybe you are planning to use re-usables?) If the baby gets a red bum, then consider taking action. Your sudocreme is a good first guess and will do you as a pre-baby purchase. Anything beyond that is fine-tuning to your particular needs which you can't yet know about.
Although I have to admit that as a first time mother with a catheter in the meconium poo was dealt with by a midwife. I know nothing of strategies for delaing with that, although my instinctive reaction is that it's the kind of thing in life you just muddle through, and strategising it is probably a step too far for a first-timer.