Noah was born in Germany. Since he was a first-born child, and I was a first-time mother without any immediate family living near us, I genuinely appreciated the midwife.
HOWEVER, our midwife was militantly öko (organic). Fritz and I still laugh about some of the things she forced us to do (um, yeah, we were kind of forced...):
- Babies must be bathed in bathtubs at counter height because nobody should ruin their back giving baby a bath.
- Breast milk can be used in lieu of saline on stuffy noses. The naturally occurring antibodies will help baby get better faster. (Even
- Breast milk should also ALWAYS be added to bathwater to help moisturize baby's skin.
Another one of her suggestions was to use water, olive oil (organic olive oil, of course), and disposable cotton pads to clean baby during diaper changes. When she saw our baby wipes, she threw them away. Really. She told us that baby wipes are essentially a combination of oil and water with additives to keep the oil and water mixed together. Those additives? Not good for baby's skin. And certainly not organic.
I don't really know if these baby wipe facts are true or not. But she was TOTALLY right about the olive oil.
I can tell you, by anecdotal experience, that olive oil and water are way better for little butts. It's also more work and messier. Who wants a messier diaper change? Every now and then, out of laziness, I buy a pack of baby wipes. Sometimes I even splurge and buy the supposedly really nice organic ones. And I always regret it after a few days. The olive oil? It cleans amazingly, and it protects perfectly.
Just use olive oil, my friends. For adorable little diapered butts.
* I think the job of most Pediatricians ends up being anywhere between 25%-75% about helping the parents. So I'm trying to use language that reflects this subjective opinion, even if it's not objectively correct.