Do you wipe after wee?

Lynlee - posted on 07/09/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )




Hi there, our son has sensitive skin and I read somewhere that I should only wipe him if he poos, not for wees. But now I wonder if doing that could actually cause more rash problems with the ammonia from the wee left on his bum? What do you think? At the moment I use disposable wipes. How do you all clean your cloth wipes - just like your nappies?


[deleted account]

I don't use a wipe after pee. I do use cloth wipes after a poo and just fold it up in my diaper and launder it with them. I had read that pee is sterile and never ran into issues with my daughter who is now potty trained.

Robin - posted on 07/15/2009




Upon consent/suggestion from our doctor, we only wipe our boy/girl twins after bms. Then we use cloth wipes with warm water (from a pump pot) without any added soap. We wash the wipes along with our diapers using Country Save detergent. While we have had a few rashes in their 18 months, a little bit of naked time seems to clear them right up. Hope this helps.


View replies by

Jocelyn - posted on 07/14/2009




Quoting Jennifer:

Not every time. If it's a really wet diaper I do. If it's just a little wet I don't. My son hasn't had any problems with rashes.

same here :)

Lynlee - posted on 07/13/2009




Thanks everyone for your advice - I'll try wiping from now on and see if it makes a difference - thanks also for the offer of making some wipes Julie but I live in NZ so by the time you posted them they would be worth a lot more than two dollars! I'll buy some myself and see how that goes.

Jennifer - posted on 07/13/2009




Quoting Julie:

If you dont, I could make you some and mail them to you for a couple of bucks! I hope that doesn't sound weird. :) I have flannel, will sew!


Could I take you up on that offer?  I've been wanting to try cloth wipes for a while.  I even bought some fabric, but I have finally admitted to myself that I will never make time to hem them. :p


Oh, and I wipe everytime at home, but sometimes when we're out and it's hectic, I skip the wet only ones.

Naomi - posted on 07/12/2009




we always wipe. don't wanna leave stale pee there.. but you don't have to use anything special, water works.
we have a combo of sposie wipes and reusable wipes. my solution for our wipes has soap and some essential oils

Vilate - posted on 07/12/2009




so I have about the same thing to say as everyone else. I would stop using the disposible wipes there is probably something that he is haveing a reaction to. I would wipe after every change with his skin sensitivity. And I would use just water to wet the wipes! :)

Good luck

[deleted account]

I wipe my kids after everything...ever been stuck in a public restroom with no toilet paper? Adults can get diaper rash too! I use washcloths, wet with only water, in a wipe warmer. I just wash them with the diapers. I do make sure to dry their bottoms well with a different cloth diaper too.

Also, when I am using disposable wipes, I tear them in half when it's just a wet diaper. It doesn't take much to clean that up, and using half makes my wipes last longer.

Amy - posted on 07/11/2009




I sometimes don't wipe and was wondering the same thing. I just use plain water in a squirt bottle for my wipes and I wash them with my diapers in the same load. I found it to be a hassle to throw out disposable wipes in the garbage, especially after you've cleaned a poopy mess. I still have disposable wipes on hand though, my husband prefers them for some reason.

Megan - posted on 07/11/2009




I wipe my baby every time. My opinion is... do you wipe when you go pee? I would get "stingy" if i didn't! Baby pee may be sterile... but it still is urine. I use disposable wipes and do a quick swipe every diaper change... and I NEVER have rash except when i use disposables... so that is how i weigh in.

[deleted account]

I wipe after every pee because my son has sensitive skin - because of the the ammonia like you said. I switched over to cloth wipes after having a particularly bad bout of diaper rash that 4 doctors in a row told me was yeast. Eventually, I found a doctor that said that it wasn't yeast at all and to try some neosporin. Cleared up in 3 days. haven't had an issue since. I don't know if that's is anywhere close to issues that you're having with his skin but I always pass it on, just in case. We wash our wipes with our diapers and find it much easier thatn trying to throw away wipes and put diapers in the bin. They all go in the same place. We got a wonder bag - two sided wet bag - and put clean diapers and wipes in one side and dirty in the other for when we go out. Good luck with your sensitive skin boy! :-)

Jennifer - posted on 07/10/2009




Not every time. If it's a really wet diaper I do. If it's just a little wet I don't. My son hasn't had any problems with rashes.

Julie - posted on 07/10/2009




I wash my wipes with my diapers, and just put a little water and handsoap in a bottle and keep it on the changing table.

I do wipe after pee... I had the same problem with my son, and the rashes were from all the chemicals in the wipes.

I was just rinsing the disposable wipes with water, but then I realized I can save several dollars a week if I just cut up flannel and zigzagged the edges to prevent fraying... it's super easy!!!

Do you sew?

If you dont, I could make you some and mail them to you for a couple of bucks! I hope that doesn't sound weird. :) I have flannel, will sew!

Join Circle of Moms

Sign up for Circle of Moms and be a part of this community! Membership is just one click away.

Join Circle of Moms