Some of this advice may ring true with your actual or imagined parenting style and ethos and some of it won't. I'm sharing these wise words not because they are the right way to parent but because they are interesting insights and practical solutions that have worked for others and may do so for you. As you know, I'm a glutton for food for thought.
Tonight's insights come from two fine mamas of one wonderful little girl each, LG & EW. LG lives in the UK and EW in the USA. Thanks for your input ladies!!
This is what they had to say in response to a mix of questions (in bold) from me on baby changing:
- I just learned about the top and tail bowl concept. Is this really necessary?
- Do newborns need to be bathed or just wiped down in order to get clean?
- Changing - Chris thinks I'm nuts for thinking about this one....cotton wool and water or wipes? If cotton wool, which type (balls, pads, big pleat that you can rip pieces off of....)?
- I've looked into re-usable diapers in the interest of being green but they look like hard work and like they require a lot of laundering. What's your take on this?
I have the starter set for g-diapers which are just the coolest thing ever! We use them occasionally during the day when I'm home. Our goals have shifted to just "surviving" with the disposable stuff until it's easier to set her down to deal with the eco-friendly products. Since you're out of hands & the g-diaper is a flushable layer, it's hard to do one-handed! Also...there are some disposable diapers that vanish quicker in landfills than normal diapers too....those might be of interest for the beginning too.
- Dirty Diapers - did you get a little box for them? I don't want to put them in my kitchen garbage and have them smell it up and my bathroom one is tiny!