Ahhh the newborn days. That bubble of bliss mixed in with sleepless nights, baby wipes and endless, endless google searches.
How many germs on a shopping trolley handle?
What do I do if someone touches my baby?
How often to wipe my babies hands?
Someone coughed near my baby help
Baby licked a toy that fell on the floor
Baby licked the cat what do I do?
When Everly was a baby I wiped everything. And I mean, EVERYTHING. Toys, books- any surface she touched. The pram, the car seat, her face, her hands, everyone else’s hands, high chairs, benches, the list goes on… there was not a cleaner baby or area surrounding a baby in Brisbane!
When you’re at a cafe wiping the highchair, table and surrounding cutlery, first time mothers give you an exhausted look and a sigh of solidarity; “Isn’t it crazy how many things we have to wipe clean.”
Second time mums give you a different look- a knowing smile. They’ve been there. They already know that slowly and steadily your constant, gnawing worry will subside. That as the months roll on, the more cats your child will lick (or is that just mine?) and the less you’ll feel the incessant need to wipe every tiny thing that they come into contact with.
That you’ll start applying the ‘3 second rule’ instead of re sterilising that dummy that fell on the floor.
That yes, you’ll wipe their hands if they crawled on the floor at your local shops, but not if it’s just the floor at home.
That you’ll continue to wipe the shopping trolley handle (because hello, gross) but probably not the whole table at your local cafe.
That like all things parenting related, with time comes a sense of what’s important and what you can let slide.
That with time, you will relax.
WaterWipes are 99.9% water and were recommended to us in hospital the day Everly was born- keeping chemicals off newborn skin is a pretty high priority for lots of mums! They have been with us from the newborn days (of using what felt like 37,000 wipes a week) all the way through to the three year mark, where I’ve realised that some dirt is fun. Some messy food play is growth. Some paint in the hair is learning. I don’t sweat the small stuff anymore, and for the things that DO need to be cleaned up, we still use Water Wipes.
I chose to partner with WaterWipes because of our incredibly positive experience with them. All thoughts and opinions on the product are my own.