Once upon a time I was naive. I would see mothers wiping their baby's faces fast and vigorously, and babies pushing their mother's hands away and protesting loudly. I said to myself "I'M not going to be one of THOSE mothers." I thought how I'll wipe my baby's face nice and gently and she'll find it to be a pleasant experience and will allow me to do it.
Now I understand WHY mothers wipe their kids faces like that. The kids don't protest because mom is wiping too fast.. it's the other way around. Mom has to be aggressive with the wiping because the kid protests. I started off wiping my daughters face nice and gently when she started having solid food.. that lasted, oh, about 2 days.
Now I go in fast and hard and avoid her protesting hands as efficiently as possible. She starts protesting even before I've touched her, when I'm only waking towards her with the towel. Then she grabs my hands and the towel and whatever else she can get into her sticky fingers.
Here's a question for experienced moms: What on earth to wipe first? The high chair tray, hands, or face? Because it seems whatever is cleaned first inevitably gets sticky again right away by whatever part has not been wiped yet.