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View Poll Results: Do you wipe after a pee diaper?
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Old 11-22-2008, 02:49 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I usually don't, but at daycare I know they do wipe every time. Typically her bum is dry so it seems like I'd be irritating her skin more by wiping it, and getting it wet (I mostly use dipes that have a fleece layer, but sometimes I use plain CPFs that do leave her damp).

What do you other mamas do?
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Old 11-22-2008, 02:58 PM
 
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I always wipe. Doesn't urine turn to ammonia when left sitting? I feel like it would irritate his skin to just leave it. I just feel better doing it that way.

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I did with my 1st. #2 & 3 got wiped after long naps and in the morning or if they were stinky. No difference in rashes or anything.

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Yes, I always do.

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Never. 4 kids, never wiped a pee, and I still have the same tube of diaper cream I bought when #1 was a baby!

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i have very rashy babies. If they sit in diapers 24/7, they're going to get red sores on their butts that eventually blister and look like chemical burns.

It took me four infants to realize that no amount of chemical goo, salves, special detergents etc. is going to change that: my kids will always need breatheable diaper covers, lots of changes, and nekkie-butt time.

this one is ec'd imperfectly but the big difference is that he sleeps on the washable cloth underpads (like chux) that i bought for his birth.

i use plain prefolds without fleece. i want us to know when he is wet so i can change the dipe asap.

i use plain water on his skin. no soap, no lotion, no fragrance, no nothing. i rarely wash his butt after a pee diaper, but i do try to let it air out for at least 5 minutes before rediapering him if i can.

so far, he is doing SPECTACULARLY compared to his sibs, but it only took one spur-of-the-moment sleepover with friends who were too far past the diapering stage for me to ask for towels or other makeshift nekkid baby hygeine materials for me to see that familiar rash starting on him too.

So in my rather extensive experience, air is more effective than water in preventing pee rashes.
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Not for pee. I am a poo only wiper. But I am also quick to change pee-diapers and I think it's nice to let them go nakedy to air-dry.
We are pretty much rash free on both the toddler and newborn.
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When she uses the toilet, I'll wipe if there's obvious drips. For a diaper change, I'll use a dry corner of the old diaper to pat her down if she's moist.
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We airdry a lot of the time and Dad wipes after pee dipes - no rashes here except for one when I ate something with bananas in it and we found out she's intolerant of that as well! Roo does have eczema in that area, but I honestly think it might be from the suedecloth (mama is in the midst of sewing different dipes...) because she is in it 99% of the time. We have a lot of eczema in the family anyway.

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I always always always wipe. Because I feel like if it were me, and I had been in wet pants for any amount of time, i would feel much more comfortable to have that wiped off and dried before putting on something clean.
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My son has infantile ezcema so I always wipe. We use flannel wipes I do a once over with a wet wipe and then I wipe him with a dry one.

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I always wipe too, for the same reason as 3pink1blue, and also because she gets a rash quite frequently. I use chamomile tea and vinegar wipe solution and it seems to control the rash quite well. She also gets plenty of naked bum time, but she often seems to manage to do a poo just then, out of sight!

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We air dry too, he loves to have air time! We call it "freeing the pee-pee". My kids will run through the house yelling "free the pee-pee". I think it's a wast to use wipes for pee diapers.

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I just wipe them dry with a clean corner of the diaper.

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Yes, I do, always.
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#4 and yes I've wiped every pee. we use clothwipes with water

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I rarely wipe for pee unless the skin looks particularly wet...first thing in the morning or after a long nap perhaps. The diaper seems to absorb everything, so I see no point in wiping. Seems like it would be more irritating to the skin. Never had an issue with diaper rash with either.

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Because I feel like if it were me, and I had been in wet pants for any amount of time, i would feel much more comfortable to have that wiped off and dried before putting on something clean.
Agreed! But sometimes the other baby is calling for me, or the one having their diaper changed is just too squirmy. I think it may be different if they are in cloth vs. sposie. Cds, imo, hold the pee right there next to their skin, whereas a sposie will pull the pee (and vital moisture from skin) away into the diaper.

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Only those "first morning" soggy diapers- otherwise I only wiped after poops.

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Only those "first morning" soggy diapers- otherwise I only wiped after poops.
Yes this exactly.
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I always always always wipe. Because I feel like if it were me, and I had been in wet pants for any amount of time, i would feel much more comfortable to have that wiped off and dried before putting on something clean.
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With my 1st 2 I did, every time. With #3 I usually do, but if there isnt a lot of urine and he has only been in the diaper for a very short time, then I dont. I usually just use a wet wash cloth when I do and let his rear end air dry before putting on a new diaper.

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I always did with my first, and he did have rashes from time to time, but with the new baby, I only do it sometimes, and there have been no rashes so far.
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I wipe when changing his dipe after he wakes up and if he is rashy. Otherwise I normally don't.

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We air dry. She looooves nakey time!

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Old 11-23-2008, 04:24 AM
 
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Y'know, I always always did, until I got the idea not to from a thread here! Now I do about half the time, and honestly knowing I don't have to do the hassle of wiping gets me to change her a lot more often. Yes I'm that lazy.
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Old 11-23-2008, 04:30 PM
 
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I voted usually. I always did with ds1 but have not been as consistant with ds2.

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If she seems damp I'll dry her off with the new diaper or a wipe if I have one nearby. (I don't always go to our "changing station" upstairs) she's still breastmilk only, so the pee is pretty mild...although oddly sometimes it smells more than her poos, but that's a different topic I guess

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Pretty much never. DS1 was in CDs (until 15 months or so) and I always let him air dry and did a lot of naked time. All three kids are in sposies right now, unfortunately. But either way I've never been one to wipe after pee. It's all I can manage to keep them all in clean diapers! I try to give everybody naked time every day but it's not as frequent as when DS1 was a baby, because there is just so much going on.

That said, I've never seen a diaper rash in person. I'm not even entirely sure what one looks like. I'm very lucky to have incredibly un-rashy babies.
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