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can you use antibacterial wipes on your baby's hands? (like the ones from bath and body works that are for childrens hands) i was wondering if i could use them on my ds when he starts eating finger foods if we're out somewhere? any thoughts?
 

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I don't know about the wipes, but I <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> your quote in your sig!!!
 

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They kind of gross me out. But i'm not big on the whole antibacterial movement... I want those bacteria so my family builds an immune system. I will probably try to make a homemade wipe solution, and carry it ina spritz bottle with a washcloth for said above needs....
 

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I'm not much for antibacterial wipes unless they're absolutely necessary either. One of my best friends is a researcher and he's put the fear in me of all these antibacterial products. I try to use them very sparingly.<br><br>
I carry a ziploc that I fill with my own homemade disposable wipes (they're hospital napkins from the medical supply store, cut into quarters). I wet them with a solution of mostly water, with a squidge of soap, TTO and lavendar oil. I use these wipes for diaper changes, but also for everything else.
 

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The only time I ever used antibacterial wipes was when we visited my ailing grandfather in the nursing home right before he passed away. They were in the midst of a really bad bacterial epidemic? outbreak there, and I just wanted to make sure my little one didn't get sick.<br><br>
other than that, I use plain cheapo cotton washcloths just moistened with water for everything from diaper changes to sponge baths, well, literally everything.
 

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well....no one really answered my question!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> so does anyone know if theyre ok to use on baby's hands? i feel as if my babe gets plenty of germs to build his immune system everywhere we go. but when it comes to him snacking no cheerios with his fingers going in his mouth after grabbing everything in site at wal mart or wherever, i would feel much better using some antibacterial wipes. but then again, i also have a cart cover so i guess i am just a germ-phob. if anyone knows...let me know. i guess i can just call the manufacturer.
 

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Sorry Elise! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> I guess we're all just so helpful we can't see the question for all our good advice! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Yes, you can use them, not as frequently as regular wipes though as they have more chemicals, and as I said before, scientists are worried that you'd be making the bacteria resistant to the anti-bacterial agents by overusing them in hand wash, wipes, etc. I don't believe there is a safety hazard to the baby, no more than anything else, but as you said there's a degree of 'germiness' that is fairly normal.<br><br>
I have a cart cover too... if that makes me a germ-phobe, then so be it. Those shopping carts at Walmart are nasty! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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marisa...thanks for your reply...in the wipes that you make...can you put them on your babes hands? does the TTO sanitize things? i think i remember something like that. if so...and if its safe for babe to put in his mouth after being wiped off w/it, can i have your recipe? how much tto and lavendar? tia!
 

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Marisa's reply was excellent. Another thing you might want to consider is that they may be too drying for frequent use... your child may get chapped hands. A safer way to go (in my opinion) is just to use regular wipes, and when things are really bad, put a little alcohol-based hand sanitizer on the wipe first (or just use the alcohol-dosed wipe on whatever surface it is that you're concerned about). Alcohol is a more effective sanitizer, and you don't get the resistant bugs the way you do with repeated use of triclosan and other sanitizers. However, it is drying as well. The good news is that just using a regular wipe (with nothing extra) will remove the vast majority of whatever it is you're trying to clean off. IMO, TTO and lavendar are not necessary. (FWIW, I'm a microbiologist.)
 
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