Yes. Yes. Yes.
Before Baby C was born we stocked up on nappies and baby wipes, as new parents probably do. (I’m assuming!) I felt like we had some great bargains and was fully prepared for nappy changing time. Well, that was until we went to our hospitals parenting class and the midwife mentioned that baby wipes were a no-no and we should just use water and cotton wool. You can imagine my ears pricked at this. So what the heck are baby wipes for and WHY are they even called baby wipes if you’re not supposed to use them on baby skin! I was confused. So I went back and read the packaging of these wipes and they said ‘for newborn skin’. So I gathered it would be fine. Anyway… speeding through a few months later and Baby C is here! Now after researching, nappy rash and a sore bum are somewhat normal for new babies because their skin is so delicate. We used the baby wipes we had for a couple of weeks and a variety of nappy barrier creams yet his little bum was still red and seemed to be getting worse. So I made an executive decision. We weren’t going to use the wipes anymore; we were opting for water and cotton wool. I was not a fan. It was a hassle going to get a bowl of clean water if I had an upset baby in my arms and it would drip down his back making him a bit wet. Give me a break here; I’m a new mum.
I’m a bit better now, almost 3 months in, but at first, after a week in hospital, it was all a bit much! I remember hearing people talk about WaterWipes as if they were a magical thing. I just didn’t believe the hype. I heard they were perfect for newborn skin (well I thought I’d heard that before) and people were saying they had nothing in them other than water and fruit extract. Basically they claimed to be the worlds purest wipes. I literally thought all the hype was from ‘perfect’ mummies who wanted to look like they were buying the best and only the best for their baby and were completely on trend with new products. This is how I felt. I can’t lie. So I gave in to the hype. Secretly I bought a couple of packets online and got them delivered (I was also sent some this week which has cemented my view even more). Well, they only went and completely lived up to the hype.
100% genuinely, after a few days Baby C and his little bum had gone from red to pink. A few days later it had returned to almost its normal self. I did use water wipes in conjunction with Sudocream (the antiseptic healing version). The WaterWipes and Sudocream together have been a match made in heaven. We are now 10 weeks into having a baby and he has zero nappy rashes and zero red bums. I whole-heartedly believe this is because of the WaterWipes. We do however have loads of other wipes to get through which I’m using for when he is sick or for my own face. (Yes, my skin is OK). And I’ve just bought two more boxes of WaterWipes. I won’t lie, they are a bit expensive compared to other wipes on the market and that was another reason I was reluctant to try them. But honestly they are totally worth the money and if you stock up when you see an offer, you’ll be winning anyway.
It’s obvious to me now how the wipes are so different. They are thicker, softer and far wetter. You can squeeze a water wipe and actually squeeze the water out. If you did that with other brands, nothing happens. The wipes are more damp than actually wet. There’s no fragrance and they stay wet. You might find the water goes to the bottom of the packet so just squeeze the wipes a bit. This just shows that they really are different. When have you had to worry about a baby wipe being too wet? Exactly. I thought you might not believe me so I did the little video below to prove it.
I plan on doing a new mum essential post soon, and these will definitely be on it as number one. I’d hate to think how bad Baby C’s bum would have got and even though water and cotton balls would work the same it far less effort. Plus, I can go through a few wipes to clean his bum. I’d go through about 100 cotton pads before I was happy! So in answer to my question. Yes, WaterWipes are totally worth the hype and I won’t be using any others on his bum going forward.