First-time parents find baby diapering a daunting task. While they are unskilled in the task, the frequent need to change diapers adds to their woes. The baby too starts squirming and yelling, making the task more tedious. Diaper changing tips from pros are a welcome respite and a much-needed help.
Baby diapering requires skillful handling. It is not as easy as we may take it to be. While changing diapers, one has to be mindful of three important aspects – comfort, safety, and hygiene of the baby. No doubt, practice makes one perfect, but plenty of practice demands patience and dedication. Diapering becomes more grueling when your baby tosses her limbs arching back and screaming.
Here are a few tips on how to ensure a healthy diaper change at home, putting aside the germy mess and limiting tantrums of your little one.
Baby Diapering Tip #1: Make Advance Preparation
Don’t start changing diapers without advanced preparation. First prepare yourself with all necessary accessories, a selected place, and every other thing you need to support baby diapering. Unless you are well prepared, you may have to run here and there to get the moisturizing cream or wet pipes or even a piece cleaning cloth. This not only puts the safety of the baby at risk, but also allows germs to spread in the room.
Baby Diapering Tip #2: Get All Nappy-Changing Accessories
You must have all necessary diaper-changing accessories at home to help you in the process and ensure uncompromised comfort for your baby. It is desirable to make a list of such items and check their availability daily.
The most common baby diapering accessories include
- Changing bag containing all other accessories
- Cleaning aids, such as cotton, wet wipes, washcloths for cleaning the baby’s bottom
- Lotions, including moisturizing, anti-rash, and barrier creams
- Infant prefolds with fasteners
- Fragrant sack to keep dirty nappies before their disposal
Baby Diapering Tip #3: Select A Safe, Stable Place
The importance of selecting the right place for diaper change cannot be ignored. You can do it on the floor, on the bed, on a table, or in any place. But you have to choose a well-defined place and confine the baby diapering to that.
The selection of a place should be influenced by two key parameters – first, safety and comfort of your baby and second, the overall hygiene. You cannot do it in the kitchen or bathroom for the fear of infection. You have to select a definite place that is safe for the baby and poses no health hazard. The place is also comfortable and soothing enough for the baby and should facilitate your easy control of the little one.
Baby Diapering Tip #4: Give Attention to Hygiene Basics
You need to keep away unhygienic conditions and dirt while changing diapers. The baby is vulnerable to infection and unless a strict cleansing protocol is followed, she is more likely to have health problems. Take adequate precautions to contain and prevent the spread of germs and make baby diapering a healthy regimen.
Clean and disinfect the place prior to diaper change. If you are using a mat or table, always keep it dirt free and hygienic. Wipe your baby’s bottom carefully. Genitals are more prone to infections in the case of baby girls. Make it a practice to wash off the hands of your baby even if she has not touched the dirty diaper. You should also wash or sanitize your own hands immediately after removing the dirty nappy.
Use a diaper pail to minimize the risk of infection. If you are using a diaper pad, sterilize it regularly. In case of cloth diapers, presoak them in hot water before washing.
Baby Diapering Tip #5: Don’t Be Overwhelmed By Tantrums
The tantrums of the tiny tot are likely to interfere in diaper changing. Babies often scream, cry, roll over, wiggle away, or kick on your face. Many search for a chance to pull the dirty diaper too.
Ensure that no tantrums overwhelm you when you are busy with baby diapering. Just distract the attention of the baby from the diaper. Talk to her or keep her busy with something else. You may also give her a toy to play with while rolling up the diaper carefully and resealing it properly.
Baby Diapering Tip #6: Never Forget Essentials
Always buy the right size and type of nappy. A tighter one makes your baby uncomfortable while a loose one may cause more rashes. Better to go for disposable diapers though you can use cloth nappies. Ensure that nappies are of good quality and do not shed color or smell. These should be comfortable for the soft skin of the baby.
You may see various types of nappies available for children of different age groups. Newborn care demands distinct diapers with distinct features than those for toddlers. Get the right one for your baby and always have a stock at home.
It is important to have a dedicated, portable mat or towel for baby diapering. You may have to change 5 to 6 nappies a day. Focus on hygiene while changing diapers. Be attentive to rashes caused by nappies on the baby skin. Above all, dispose nappies carefully so that there is no associated health issue.
Follow the basics with an eye on the above tips. Your diaper changing experience will be without any trouble; rather, you will enjoy the journey with your tiny tot.
Ravneet also blogs at www.wellnessguide.com