(Closed) Random: Do you wipe babies every time you change their diaper?

posted 6 years ago in Babies
  • poll: When do you wipe babies bottom while changing their diaper?

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  • Post # 2
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

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    siempresoulmates:  Well, I don’t work in childcare, nor am I a parent, but I’ve been around tons of kids.  It’s the norm among my close family and friends to wipe with every diaper change.  I’ve observed people not wiping their child after just a pee pee though.  I don’t really like the thought of not wiping a child after you change a diaper.  It seems a little unhygienic.    

    Post # 3
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    It’s not just a time saver, diapers are so absorbent nowadays that it’s often not necessary to use a wipe if a baby has just peed and the skin is dry. Sometimes it’s the wipes that irritate baby’s skin more than urine. 

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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

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    chaibella:  It’s not unhygienic at all, urine is sterile and diapers are great at wicking away moisture. If a baby is being changed at regular intervals and not being left in a soaking wet diaper then it’s totally safe.

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    Sugar bee
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    siempresoulmates:  When I worked in childcare or babysat I would wipe after pee, now that I have my own baby (5 months old) I only wipe him after a poop. I read that you don’t need to, and it seems just fine not to. 

    Post # 6
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    PP is right. Using wipes every time can actually cause more irritation and diaper rash. I took one of those baby-care classes, and the instructor told us this. 

    Post # 7
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    I work in childcare with infants. We wipe at every change. Our kids smell like pee otherwise.

    Post # 8
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I only wipe for poops. I find that wiping is irritating to my baby’s bottom (despite using sensitive, fragrance-free, etc. wipes), so I really try not to wipe her after just pee. 

    Post # 9
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I only wipe my daughter for poops and when the diaper is super full (eg in the morning). pee is sterile and the diapers wick away moisture incredibly well.

    adults wipe urine to dry not to cleanse so if baby is dry I see no reason to use a wet wipe. The only diaper rash my daughter has gotten was yeast from being on antibiotics. 

    Post # 10
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: City, State

    I would just like to clarify a common mistake. Urine is sterile INSIDE the body only. Once it leaves the body, it is no longer sterile.

    Post # 11
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

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    siempresoulmates:  urine is acidic and a child should be wiped thoroughly everytime they wet to avoid skin irritation

    ETA: if you find that wipes cause irritation, you should try a new brand or just use a soft washcloth moistened in plain water. 

    • This reply was modified 5 years, 10 months ago by  MrsM914.
    Post # 12
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2014

    Not a mom, and not in chidcare, but I have babysat a lot, and nannied (as in took care of 24/7) my moms ex bfs kids. I only wiped for big pees. Like first diaper change in the morning and after naps. 

    Edit: I did used to pat down after pees though. Not wipe, but just took TP and patted the area gently. 

    Post # 13
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    Bumble bee

    I wipe only after large pees, first nappy change of the morning and after poos.

    However we live in a very humid country and my baby is bathed twice a day (it’s necessary here).

    My baby is purely breast fed and her urine is quite dilute.

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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

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    siempresoulmates:  

    I have been a nanny as well as a special needs worker. 

    Every single time I changed a diaper, I wiped whomever I was changing. 

    Anything less seems rather gross to me. 

    • This reply was modified 5 years, 10 months ago by  amiona.
    Post # 15
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    I wipe my baby and than I use a wash cloth to dry off the area so he doesn’t get a rash. I do this for every diaper change unless I’m not at home than I just wipe him. Sometimes I add a little diaper cream to his behind. 

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