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Washing baby: four hidden areas first time moms might miss

I am a new mom. I’m not going to lie by telling you “I read all the books!” I certainly did not.
I asked friends and family questions, and dabbled a bit in the written word.

So imagine my shock, more like embarrassed shock, when I was nursing my son and smelled that cheesy, spoiled milk smell.
I had given him a bath a day or two before, but there it was that smell.

Area number 1: Double chin- The illusive chin skin fold above the neck.
chin
This area was not known to me until my baby gained some baby fat. I wash his neck and the top of his chest when he spits up, but boy howdy did I miss that little tuck of skin. Upon the satisfaction of a nursing session, my son lifted his head back with a purse of his lips, and there it was. Nasty old milk. Of course I promptly cleaned him up, but beware new moms, it may be a fold you don’t realize existed.

Area number 2: When mom says did you wash behind your ears, she meant it literally.
Ear
Another nursing discovery, turning his ear down and finding dirt. This is not an area that I see often since I get sucked into those eyes every time. When the vortex of his eyes are closed though, I manage to look at more of him. My husband and I were talking about who my son looks like more. I proudly proclaim “He has your ears!” and lo and behold, the dirt behind those cute little ears. Area number two checked off my “to clean” list.

Area number 3: The armpit, a burden to women everywhere that want a hairless bod, and a burden to babies who manage to get waxy, cheesy build up.
armpit
They say once your baby gets older, around 2-3 months, the babe only needs a bath about 3 times a week, well armpits need washing more frequently. And boy does my son HATE me washing his armpits, even with just a baby wipe. But again, it is one of those places I didn’t realize since I was more focused on getting my baby dressed so he would stay warm. None the less, this is also an important area to clean frequently to avoid rash.

Area number 4: Toe jam isn’t just an insult we used to use on the playground, it is completely real. Every day, even though my son is not crawling yet, I find dirt between each of those beautiful, tiny toes.
feet
This may be an area you don’t see very well since that adorable baby reflex of gripping your finger with their toes happens. Even if he’s wearing footy pajamas he still gets jam in between those toes.

All of these areas may seem like common sense, but as a first time mom, just getting the hang of things, these areas can go easily missed. So I hope my discovery can help other first time moms.

Baby Wipes Recipe Number 1

Baby wipes recipe number 1

May 8, 2016

We finally welcomed our new addition to the family. He arrived at 40 weeks 1 day, perfectly on time.

In the weeks before he came, I was trying to prepare some homemade things for him. My goal with going homemade was to cut down some costs of having a baby. So to Pinterest I flocked to look up recipes on one of the most used items- baby wipes.

I plan to try several different recipes for homemade baby wipes, and see how the baby does with them and how I like using them.

The first set of wipes I have made come from http://wantingwhatyouhave.com/2010/03/frugal-strategy-4-make-your-own-baby.html . I like these wipes better than commercially made ones because these aren’t completely drenched. Using these homemade wipes, by the time the next diaper is supposed to go on, he is dry and I don’t have to be as concerned about diaper rash.

I ended up cutting the recipe in half since we weren’t sure when my baby would come. I like that the recipe calls to add tea tree oil to prevent mold, but it also adds that nice clean smell. I did use baby oil and baby wash.

One thing that was difficult and took a lot of effort was cutting that roll of paper towel in half with a large bread knife. The second time I had to cut the roll of paper towels, I used a bread knife with smaller teeth and that worked a lot better.

The only thing I need to keep remembering is to close the lid of the box before putting the baby down and going back to bed!