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cotton wool for hospital.

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qazxc Fri 14-Mar-14 21:34:52

Have been gathering things and getting ready to pack my hospital bags. They put on the baby's list cotton wool (presumably for cleaning up when changing). What type should I take? the one that are like one big piece that you tear off a chunk, the pads, the balls? How much of it would you need?
Sorry if this sounds a bit dense but it has me stumped, I was just planning to use water wipes or a flannel.

WoodBurnerBabe Fri 14-Mar-14 21:36:46

I just took baby wipes. Comments from the MW's elicited a raised eyebrow and an offer to let them clean up the meconium at 2am with cotton wool and water. They left me alone after that.

littlebluedog12 Fri 14-Mar-14 21:37:58

<whispers> I took baby wipes. They did provide cotton wool balls though, for those who wanted them.

HandragsNGladbags Fri 14-Mar-14 21:38:35

Agree with wood. I took cotton wool and ineffectually dabbed at the meconium first time round.

I like Huggies Pure I think they are called? Really thick - that stuff is like tar to get off.

ImAThrillseekerHoney Fri 14-Mar-14 21:39:40

Balls. Large ones, from Boots/Superdrug or where-ever. Get loads and loads in stock because 100 will only last you a couple of days at newborn stage. Superdrug used to do bags of 300 which is a step in the right direction. Once you're in the swing of things rolls/pleats are cheaper, but in the earlier days balls are much easier.

Steben Fri 14-Mar-14 21:40:01

Take wipes! For the love of god wipes

Haribolover Fri 14-Mar-14 21:42:29

Pads are much better than balls. But agree wipes are the way forward.

GeordieJellybean Fri 14-Mar-14 21:42:49

I used water wipes and still do, they're gentle enough for new born skin and easier than cotton wool.

Needadvice5 Fri 14-Mar-14 21:43:22

I remember using cotton wool for my two and now wonder why on earth I didn't "stand up" to the midwives and use baby wipes! !

andadietcoke Fri 14-Mar-14 21:46:09

Wipes. The Pampers extra sensitive ones, as they have a high water content. I was in hospital for 6 days and I hid them from the MWs for about the first 4 until one of them was helping me (I had twins) and asked me to get the wipes out smile

PretzelPrincess Fri 14-Mar-14 21:46:46


Beanymonster Fri 14-Mar-14 21:47:11

We took huggies pure, 99% of the mws were thankful (couldn't change her myself due to medical problems) one turned her nose up and opted for cotton wool, it took her about 10000years..... and dd was still poo-ey when the next mw changed her!

ImAThrillseekerHoney Fri 14-Mar-14 21:50:01

On these threads I'm always apparently the only person in the entire world who used cotton wool and water. I got the most confused look in the world from a mate when I revealed that I was still using it for my 2 year old - I just never felt the need to change to wipes, although I used them out and about, I wasn't ideologically opposed.

MummyKnight Fri 14-Mar-14 21:50:07

I took cotton wool and was the only one on my ward that did, everyone else had baby wipes and the midwives didn't bat an eyelid! I will definitely be taking wipes next time.

nickdrakeslovechild Fri 14-Mar-14 21:51:59

oh god yes take wipes, I did exactly what WoodBurnerBabe did when the midwife made a comment about it. I don't know anyone in RL who used cotton wool, huggies pure are good for little bums, but any of the ones that say for newborns are fine. Good luck.

greentshirt Fri 14-Mar-14 21:52:02

I read somewhere that cotton wool balls are good to have aside from being used for changing as you can put one in baby's nappy so you know they have had a wet one (which I think is one of the criteria for being able to go home?)

CrispyFB Fri 14-Mar-14 22:23:10

You take cotton wool for your first baby. You find out about the joy of scraping tar off with cotton wool.

You take wipes (sensitive/newborn type) for subsequent ones when you realise their skin does not drop off when you use them and they are sooooo much easier! grin

melliebobs Fri 14-Mar-14 22:25:28

Wipes would be fine.....but slather babies bum with Vaseline in advance. Makes that first meconium tar poo so much easier to wipe off at 3am in the morning in the dark wink

LastOneDancing Fri 14-Mar-14 23:16:57

Someone at our NCT group swore by a bit of olive oil on your newborns bum to help stop the meconium sticking. We've shoved a tiny bottle in the babies bag - whether we'll remember to slather it on is another matter!!

mousmous Fri 14-Mar-14 23:23:17

cotton pads.
the largest you can find. and some oil (sunflower will do) for your dh/dp to clean off the meconium.

CharleyFarnsbarns Fri 14-Mar-14 23:30:40

The big roll/pleat of cotton wool was good. I used tons of it and you could get a big piece that way.

LegoCaltrops Fri 14-Mar-14 23:38:45

We took a big pleat of cotton wool. DH absolutely hates the stuff, can barely touch it, even now! I wasn't able to change DD for the first few days, DH did it during the day & the midwives did it at night. I think we switched to wipes at about 4 months. Still keep cotton wool though, it's miles better if nappy rash flares up.

If you want to use it long term, Boots do a big roll for a couple of pounds, really good value. You do have to tear it off or cut it up in advance though...

moonblues Fri 14-Mar-14 23:55:38

I found cotton wool pads were so much easier than balls or pleats. Also if you have a little boy you can strategically place one over his penis, so he doesn't pee on you whilst your perfecting your nappy changing technique! I agree with mellie layer of Vaseline definitely makes the meconium easier get off.

JustDanni Sat 15-Mar-14 04:25:45

I think large pads would be best. Then you just have to wet and wipe. no loose bits. But wipes are fine if you are comfortable using them.
If they question it, tell them straight. They are there to deliver baby, not help you raise him/her.

Hellymummy Sat 15-Mar-14 07:52:47

Wipes all the way!!!!!

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