New parents struggle with spending a lot of time changing diapers during the first months of having a baby. In fact, babies can go through ten or more diapers a day – on average!
Firstly, changing a diaper may seem complicated, but with a bit of practice, you’ll find that keeping your baby clean and dry is an easy thing to do..
You might always start to enjoy doing it!
Before you begin, gather a few necessary items to ease the diaper changing process:
Make sure you have all the items within reach.
A rule of thumb: You should never leave a baby unattended; not even for a second! Even newborns can surprise their parents with their ability to roll.
Using the damp washcloth or baby wipes, gently wipe the baby from front to back. Never do it from back to front, especially for girls, as this can spread bacteria that can cause upper respiratory tract infections.
You may have to lift the baby’s legs up by the ankles so you can clean underneath correctly. Do not forget the creases of the thighs and buttocks.
Keep your baby covered while changing because exposure to air often makes them urinate (on you, walls, or anything else within reach – trust me, it is a mess!).
Once you have finished cleaning, pat your baby dry with a clean cloth and apply diaper ointment.
If you are using disposable diapers:
Cloth diapers come in different shapes and sizes. Traditional cloth diapers come folded or squared and need to be fastened, while newer models are shaped similarly to disposable diapers and have hook-and-loop or snap closures.
Other accessories for cloth diapers include liners (some of which are washable), extra-absorbent pads for added protection at night, and diaper covers that help prevent leaks.
If you use traditional cloth diapers, there are several ways to put them on. One of the most common is the triangular fold:
Diaper Rash Prevention
It is common for babies to have a little diaper rash, especially newborns. But if the rash is frequent, lasts more than 2 or 3 days, or worsens, you must call your health care professional.
Let the provider know if your baby has a fever along with the rash or if the rash seems painful, is bright red, or has blisters.
To prevent and help heal diaper rash, keep the following tips in mind:
If you are changing the baby’s diaper on the go, you can get a diaper changing clutch to add all the necessary items and keep yourself ready for surprises!