When Can I Use Baby Wipes on a Newborn
When should you start using reusable baby wipes?
Well this depends on the wipe! If a disposable wet wipe, it is not recommended for at least 6 weeks. If a reusable wet wipe, with lukewarm water this is the same as using cotton wool and water and can be used from birth.
The NHS recommends for newborns to just use cotton wool and a bowl of water or fragrance and alcohol free baby wipes. You might be very surprised to find alcohol in baby wipes, and yes it does sting!
If you look at baby’s wipes, they use several chemicals which I personally would not be happy putting on a baby's skin. Disposable baby wipes can contain phenoxyethanol, fragrance and PEG compounds. Phenoxyethanol is particularly concerning, it has been linked to depressing the central nervous system.
This is why mainstream disposable wipes are not advisable from birth.
Cotton Wool & Water Is a Faff
We hear you. Yes, it can be difficult at times to use cotton wool balls and water to clean your baby. Lots of parents have told us that they got fed up of fetching water and top and tail bowls for each change. Also that cotton wool balls were difficult to shift baby poo. Also many parents have told us that the cotton wool can come apart too easily and stick to the baby's bum.
Some parents were happy with the faff for a few months knowing that it is much safer to use and kinder on babies skin. Some wipes have come out which are supposedly ‘sensitive’ or pure, but a quick scan of the ingredients suggests they are not as pure as suggested.
Also, consider this. If you read any online forum about the best cleaning product for x, how do I get y of x etc it's a bit scary how many times disposable baby wipes come up as a cleaning suggestion. It's also very scary how good they are at removing the most stubborn of stains. They really do work on cleaning away the toughest of stains on most surfaces. It would amaze you and make you wonder what exactly is in them? Does your gorgeous newborn baby need the strongest chemical cleaner on them?
Also, a wise woman once told me to do something before I used a wet wipe on a baby's bum. She told me to use it on my bum first and see how I felt. Ouch, it bloody stung! Try it, please, straight away! No wonder so many babies hate nappy changes!
The Best Solution for Cleaning a Newborn Bum?
So we have found out cotton wool is faffy and messy and not the best. Disposable wet wipes have enough chemicals in them to cleanse your house and sting. So what can a parent do? Well, the perfect solution is reusable baby wipes. These can be used from get go, are very easy to use, are completely natural with no nasties and will save you a fortune. Try them today!
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