A Guide to Diapering a Newborn
We are not saying diapering a newborn is Rocket science but it is no less. It might seem complicated at first. But with a little practice, you'll find that keeping your baby clean and dry is easy. A newborn is estimated to use upto 10 diapers in a day, so read up because you have a lot of diapers changing to do. There are mainly two kinds of diapers, namely Tape style and Pants Style.
Tape style is a good choice if you are good with velcro and have experience at handling diapers. Pants style on the other hand are ideal for potty training, as the pants are easy for your child to pull up and down.
If you care enough to read this blog, you surely care about baby’s hygiene a lot more. Make sure your hands are clean and sanitised before and after you change their diapers. Baby’s skin is softest yet most sensitive during the first few months and as a parent you have to be extra careful about your hygiene around them.
As silly as it sounds, it actually is very useful to keep a note of how many times the baby has dirtied the diaper. It helps you keep track of their nutrition. Your pediatrician is probably also going to ask how many diapers your baby goes through in a day, so you’re going to want to keep track.
It is a little non-conventional but most mothers will agree that you should always get a diaper that is one size bigger for your baby. For instance, If your baby is 7.5 kgs, it's better to buy a diaper meant for the baby of 8 kgs. It ensures proper breathability and free movement for them.
Wipes are the holy grail of diapering. Use only baby wipes to clean up your baby. Excessive use of water roughens the skin and throws the PH balance of the skin to toss. On the other hand, Wipes not only does all of this, but also keeps the baby’s skin rash-free. It happens to be hassle-free for the parents as well.
Always be ready
The biggest mistake new parents make is leaving the house without enough diapers for the newborn. wborn. If you think the baby might need to be changed once, pack backups. And backups for the backups. Because kids have a habit of hitting pause on their bathroom breaks and resuming the action right when a new diaper’s halfway on.
Tackling the diaper smell
While we advise to only procure diapers that are fragrance free since that means less chemicals on your baby’s skin, We also understand how sometimes the smell is too much to take. The quick fix solution to that is, ‘Essential Oils’ that you can apply on the baby's tush while changing the diapers. It's both soothing and safe for the baby.
Prevent the rashes
Prevention is better than cure indeed. Rashes are all about moisture down there. Keep the bottom as dry as possible. Between changes, try and take a break for a few minutes during which the baby's skin can get a chance to dry. Also ensure that you change the diaper regularly. See the wetness indicator on the diaper and change accordingly.
Wipe carefully. When changing a baby girl, remember to always wipe from front to back to prevent infections. When changing a baby boy, place a wash cloth over his genitals to avoid a spray of urine if he starts to pee.
Follow a routine
Stick to the basics. The standard routine generally looks like this: Unsnap onesie. Undo diaper. Wipe excess away using a diaper. Clean with wet wipe. Wrap all in diapers and dispose. Apply cream. Install new diaper and reclothe.
Do your research and buy the softest diapers that are equipped with side panels that makes it free from leakage. Make sure you go for thin and breathable diapers so it does not irritate the kid. Last but most important is to choose the right size. You don’t want it to lag down or be too tight to leave marks on the skin.
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Happy New Parenthood!