Do’s and Dont's of Diapering : What every parent needs to know.
As an expecting mom, have you smiled ear to ear, looking at ads featuring a happy little baby getting her diaper changed by a happier looking mom and it just looks as simple as ‘ta-da’? Cut to the scene at home, you see a cranky baby awaiting a diaper change and crankier mom scrambling for cleaning supplies and dealing with woes that diaper wearing brings. It’s only natural to wonder if it really has to be a difficult affair. Well, it is not, if you follow these tips of diapering your baby right.
The first few months of motherhood are most likely a hazy mess of diaper changes, sleepless nights, hurried showers and marathon feeding sessions for many new moms. Life indeed changes dramatically post baby and being a little organized when it comes things under our control, make life a litte easier. Keeping your diaper changing supplies such as wipes, water, wash cloths, diaper rash gel, cotton balls and diapers ready near your changing station/table can mean all the difference between a breezy diaper change and a stressful one.
Choosing a Diaper :
Whether you opt for a disposable diaper or a cloth one, make sure you make an informed decision about the pros and cons of both and also what works best for you and your baby. While cloth ones are environment-friendly, affordable and also kind to the skin, they need washing regularly and are not leak-proof. Disposable one may be convenient but are not eco-friendly and also can be harsher than cloth diapers on the skin. This is why some parents prefer to use a combination of both.
Changing Diapers :
At least in the first one year of your baby, frequent diaper changes are a must. A wet diaper is not only the culprit behind the nasty diaper rashes but also can hinder your baby’s movements as it gets heavier. The constant rubbing of a diaper against tender baby skin can lead to diaper rashes as can wetness from the diaper. Using a Diaper Rash Gel during every change is an effective way to prevent rashes.
Monitoring growth :
Babies grow leaps and bounds during their first year and at the wink of an eye, your baby may grow up several diaper sizes. When you notice the fastening tabs going from meeting the center of the waist to the sides of the hip, it is time to go up a size. A diaper that is tight can cause rashes in the groin area, inner things and also chafing around the waist.
Paying attention to hygiene and safety :
Make sure you wash your hands thoroughly before and after a change so that you avoid infections. Unhygienic diaper changes are a major reason for a host of bacterial and yeast infections which can lead to painful rashes. Making sure that your baby is never left unattended on a changing station or table is very important as even newborns can sometimes surprise you by an unintentional roll-over.
Cleaning the diaper area:
Avoid using wipes containing alcohol or any harsh soaps while cleaning the diaper area. Always use skin friendly baby wipes and warm water to clean gently. Wash cloths or cotton balls may also be used. Pat dry with a soft cloth after cleaning and air dry for a few mins before applying a diaper rash gel and wrapping your baby in a fresh diaper.
Wrapping it right :
Each time you change your baby’s diaper make sure you gently lift both the legs of your baby and place the diaper under the hips in a position that covers her bottom entirely. This will prevent any leaks and ensure a comfortable fit. The fastening straps should be stuck snugly to the center allowing you to place two fingers between the diaper and your baby’s waist. A comfortable fit ensures a fuss-free baby.
It's important to prevent Diaper Rashes!
Preventing Diaper rashes with a good barrier gel can keep you away from the Diaper rash worries, sleepless nights and incessant crying of your little one. SkinEasi® Diaper Rash Gel, made with active natural ingredients, leaves behind a transparent layer on your baby’s skin that soothes irritated skin, heals existing diaper rashes and prevents diaper rash too. That’s what we call new-age skin protection against diaper rash.