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Brand new baby, one week tomorrow. Find I have very basic questions - please help and do not laugh at me.<br><br>
She is having regular newborn type bms at this time (we are so proud). Do I just wash her bottom, or do I put diaper cream on proactively every time? How about pee diapers?<br><br>
I was using olive oil on her bum when we were doing the meconium thing, but that's over now - so have been just wiping down and doing a little air dry when possible-<br><br>
We are CDing if that matters.<br><br>
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Personally, I only put cream on if there's a rash. Every Mama does things differently though. I guess I just wondered what the heck they used to do back in the day and I didn't think they used creams so I decided I wouldn't.
 

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You don't need to use any cream. I use a salve of olive oil, beeswax, calendula, and some other herb I can't hink of only when it's red around her anus. Otherwise, just let her dry a little before re-diapering. I just wipe her off with a damp flannel cloth, or if she dumps a big poo I use natural baby wipes (like Seventh Generation) just for ease. You can also go diaperless sometimes to help her dry off.<br><br>
And CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I found MDC to be a LIFESAVER during those first few weeks.
 

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Oh, you all are the awesomest. That was a speedy reply indeed!! This new mama is grateful, ladies, thank you.<br><br>
Will be back after a nap to ask my next question. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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We only use cream with redness/rashes, otherwise we air dry and re-diaper. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
And don't worry mama, if these are your "basic questions," you're doing way better than I was at that point!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I had to ask my SIL if DD's under area was pink because of a rash, or because that was the color it was supposed to be. Guess I wasn't used to inspecting such parts multiple times per day, and I got paranoid. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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We cloth diaper also with homemade flannel diapers. DS is 4 wks old and for covers we have tried three different kinds. The plastic pull-up covers retain TONS of liquid inside so we don't use those at night anymore (seems like they make his skin more 'rashy'). The white velcro ones have been good at night, but they leak. I'm thinking of trying a wool cover for night. I used one today for the first time and even though he wet the diaper, by the time I cleaned him up (like 1/2 hr later) the diaper was dry and the wool had wicked it away from his skin. Drawback to that is the wool only lasted 4 hrs before had to be replaced.<br><br>
The reason I'm talking about covers is that they have been the key for me to preventing rash. Unless he's wet through, I don't change diapers at night, it wakes him up too much and he doesn't seem uncomfortable. However, his crevices (around the penis area) do stay wet then. I was using cream for a while, but it never seems to wipe off very well at the next change and just collects in the cracks and gets gross. Yesterday, we used baby powder after I cleaned all the crevices well. Lo and behold, he had no redness down there this morning so I think I'll stick with that. Just have to be careful because don't want the powder in his nose, so I pour it into my hand away from his face and drop it in the various spots that tend to collect moisture.<br><br>
Sorry that's so rambly, I'm exhausted.<br><br>
Jen <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/sleeping.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="sleeping">
 
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