If you’ve recently had a baby, you’ll be well aware of how fast a pack of wipes disappears between regular poops, pees and blowouts. Wipes are also handy for cleaning up other messes, dirty fingers and anything where once upon a time, you may have simply used a cloth.
Many mothers worry about whether it’s a good or bad idea to use wipes for wet nappies. It’s a good question, and the answer is that there’s no reason you have to use them at every change. Some of the reasons include:
- Most diapers are ultra absorbent – very little urine gets on baby’s skin.
- Urine rarely irritates the skin – unless there is an existing health issue.
- Commercial wipes contain a range of chemicals. Overuse can lead to skin sensitivity.
A common myth, however, is that urine is sterile. This actually isn’t true; just as with anything excreted by the body, urine contains a range of bacteria and microorganisms. However in a healthy child, this isn’t an issue.
The main reason to use wipes is to dry the skin; if it’s damp too often and for too long, it can get irritated or develop a rash. If the skin is dry and there are no other issues present, there’s no reason you have to use a wipe. If urine is starting to irritate the skin, use a product such as Sudocrem as a barrier to any liquid. If you prefer, you can also use a wash cloth or give your baby a bath, rather than always using wipes.