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Diaper Diaries: Choosing, Changing, and Caring for Your Baby

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As a new parent, you are going to dedicate a whole lot of time to changing your babies’ diapers. You might even want to consider writing your very own diaper diaries! Indeed, babies need a diaper change at least 10 times a day, totaling to 70 a week. Don’t worry though! Once you get the hang of it and use the right products, diaper changing becomes a little less stressful and messy.

Choosing the Right Diaper - Cloth Diapers vs Disposable Diapers:

Your first step in diaper changing is choosing the right diapers; disposable diapers or cloth diapers is the question to ask. 

1. Disposable Diapers: 

Disposable diapers are engineering wonders today. They're lighter and more comfortable than alternatives. Additionally, superabsorbent fabrics keep your newborn dry. When compared to cloth diapers, studies demonstrate that disposable diapers may lessen diaper rash. Some of the substances used to create disposable diapers have previously caused health problems. However, such components have generally been replaced with safer materials at this point. Latex, for example, has been substituted with spandex, which might cause allergies.

2. Cloth Diapers:

Cloth diapers are another option. They're less expensive in the long run because they're reusable. Also, if you're concerned about the toxins used in disposable diapers, cloth diapers are a healthier. However, keep in mind that it takes a lot of water and energy to keep a clean supply on hand, whether you wash them yourself or utilize a diaper service. Moreover, cloth diapers are more likely to leak than disposable diapers. Consider using a diaper cover, which is designed to fit over the cloth diaper for extra protection.

Ultimately though, healthy diapering habits are essential whether you're on Team Disposables or Team Cloth. These habits guarantee that your baby does not suffer from a diaper rash. 

Changing the Baby’s Diaper in the Right Way: 

Once you have decided on which team you are on, Disposable or Cloth, it is time to consider how you can best change your baby’s diaper, without causing any sort of discomfort. 

Gather the following materials before you begin:

Ensure that all of your materials are within easy reach. Never, ever leave a baby alone, even for a second.

Step 1: Wipe, wipe, wipe 

Wipe your baby clean from the front to the rear with baby wipes. You might wish to raise your baby's legs by the ankles. Remember to pay attention to the creases in your baby’s thighs and buttocks. 

Step 2: Apply Lotion or Powder

Wipe your baby dry with a clean washcloth once you've finished and apply baby lotion or baby powder.

Step 3: Fit the Diaper 

Open and slide the diaper under you baby while lifting their legs gently. The adhesive strip should be leveled up to your baby’s bellybutton. Then bring the front part of the diaper between your baby’s legs and onto their belly. Finally, fasten the adhesive strips onto the front of the diaper. Watch out: The strips should not be stuck on the baby’s skin. You are all done! 

Diaper Rash 

One of the most worrying situations to be in is having your baby experience a diaper rash. Nonetheless, rest assured. It is usually cleared out simple treatments!  

Diaper rash is a type of inflamed skin that occurs on your baby's bottom. It is identifiable as a patch of reddened skin. Wet or seldom changed diapers, skin sensitivity, and chafing are all common causes of diaper rash. 

Other causes include the following: 

  1. Excess moisture
  2. Infections, including yeast or bacteria 
  3. Allergic reaction to the diaper fabric
  4. Food reactions

Hence, to treat the diaper rash, follow these pieces of advice: 

  • Wet or filthy diapers should be changed as soon as possible.
  • Wipe the entire diaper region from front to back softly yet thoroughly. Use water or baby wipes that are fragrance- and alcohol-free. 
  • Bathe your baby every day, but no more than twice a day, as this will dry out their skin.
  • After washing your baby, gently dry them without rubbing them.
  • Lay your baby on a towel and remove their diaper as often as possible to allow fresh air to reach their skin.
  • Soap, bubble baths, and creams are not recommended.
  • Talcum powder should not be used because it includes substances that can irritate your baby's skin.
  • Check that your baby's diapers are properly fitted. Diapers can irritate the skin if it is too tight, and if it is too loose, the diaper will not be able to absorb pee effectively.

Remember to consult with a doctor if the rash gets worse, oozes, is bleeding, or for anything that you might consider alarming. 

In conclusion, while the diaper changing might be considered a chore, try to use it to connect with your baby. Create your own diaper-changing tune, speak to your baby as you’re changing their diaper, and do not forget to enjoy these moments with your little one.

 

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