(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?

    Every time - I am a Parent

    Only for BM's - I am a Parent

    Every time - I work in childcare

    Only for BM's - I work in childcare

  • Post # 31
    157 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2016

    If you’re trying to avoid a rash and are using wipes everytime, make sure you are letting the skin dry before you close the new diaper up. If the skin is left wet, the moisture will create a rash.

    • This reply was modified 5 years, 10 months ago by  JFDC2016.
    Post # 32
    1212 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

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    cinderellie16:  What? You mean you blow from your mouth on them? I don’t think that’s a good idea. Think about all the germs in your mouth you are blowing on your babys’ bottom. If you are using a blow drier of some sort, the heat is not good for their bottoms either. Air drying is a better idea.

    Anyway some wipe after every pee some don’t. It depends on the baby, the diapers, and the wipes. It’s more of a preference thing than anything. I didn’t because wipes are expensive and my kids didn’t have any skin/rash problems.

    Post # 33
    208 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I think anyone who has ever had pee on them knows that urine is an irritant.  If you leave a child in a wet diaper for too long, for instance, it leads to diaper rash.  For my daughter’s comfort, I wipe her every time.

    Post # 34
    1991 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

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    PeachyMama:  For some reason I took Cinderellie’s comment to mean that she blow dried the baby’s bottom with a blow dryer on “cool” setting, which would seem perfectly fine, but more problem than its worth.  I do realize that I probably read way to much into that though.  I agree with you that airdrying is the way to go.

    Post # 37
    9541 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

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    siempresoulmates:  thanks for posting this question. I’m not a parent, but I’ve changed lots of diapers and always wiped, in the past. But, after reading these posts, I would probably go with you system of only wiping for poops and very wet diapers. Nobody has posted a negative responce to that approach, whereas there seem to be several reports of issues with wiping everytime. Plus, it saves time, money and reduces waste!

    Post # 38
    982 posts
    Busy bee

    Work in childcare and wipe every single time. It’s part of our policy and it just seems better to do so anyways… 

    Post # 39
    9800 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I am maybe 50/50 on wiping after she’s peed (or something like that).  I wipe if her skin looks wet at all or if I see anything visually but sometimes I will skip wiping her if she hasn’t been in the diaper long at all and the diaper is virtually dry.  I use cloth diapers during the day and disposables overnight and for travel.  Always wipe her off after she gets out of her diaper when she wakes up, too.

    Post # 40
    52 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

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    chaibella:  I meant just to blow air using your hands 🙂 If you have time to air dry, that’s great! But my daycare babies were super wiggly and wanted to get off the changer as soon as possible. 

    I was gloved, so any germs would get tossed!

    Post # 41
    313 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2005

    If I went to the bathroom and didn’t wipe myself I would feel gross and unhygenic.  I always wipe my daughter when she dirties her diaper.  It’s the cleanest thing to do.

    Post # 42
    2319 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I wipe at every change.

    For #1:

    I use really soft, cotton wipes. I run them under the warm water and wringe. Then wipe with that. Then put on diaper cream (the best I could find) and then cloth diaper. (We use ‘posies for when out on the road.)

    For #2:

    I use wipes. Lol!

    Post # 43
    336 posts
    Helper bee

    This is fascinating to me!!! I am very surprised that so many people only wipe after BMs. I wipe my 11 month old’s bottom each and every time I change her diaper. <br /><br />Thanks for asking this question!

    Post # 44
    2192 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I too am mouth agape that people don’t properly clean their kids bums at every change. 

    Urine is quite acid and sticky. That would feel horrid to walk around in that all day. Since birth my two daughters have gotten a quick rinse in the sink. With soap if it’s a poop. Just toss them over my arm and off we go. If I was wet myself or was sitting in pool I would want a proper cleaning so don’t my kids deserve that? 

    I worked as a nanny for years and did the same for all the kids. Lots of reasons to wash their bums. All positive!

    Post # 45
    3088 posts
    Sugar bee

    With my kids, they pooped and peed so often that I didnt want to irritate that area and wipe with wipes every single time so…

    I would would wipe even after my baby peed, but not always with an actual wipe (sometimes,I would just use a soft rag with some wam water gently).

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