How to clean meconium

This simple, gentle solution will make diaper changes a whole lot easier.

Photo: iStockphoto

Photo: iStockphoto

Baby wipes and warm cloths tend to just smear the tar-like first newborn poop around. Instead, try using olive oil on a clean cloth. It gently removes the mess and acts as a protective barrier that makes the next cleanup that much easier.

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A version of this article appeared in our February 2016 issue with the headline, “How to deal with meconium,” p. 40.