Written by Aparna Hari
The birth of a baby comes with many responsibilities, one of which is diapering a baby. As new parents many questions arise in their minds, the main being the process of changing a diaper. This is a herculean task and requires a lot of practice to become a pro. Apart from this, it is even important to know the frequency of changing diapers, recognizing a soiled vs clean diaper etc.
The concept of diapering is important and comes with a lot of curiosity as well. Queries related to the correct way of holding the baby and, whether it is important to wipe or wash the baby before a fresh diaper is put on him are some common questions. A few other issues related to nappy rashes, rashes cream, type of diaper, etc. also top this list. It is important for the parents to master the art of diapering, which is as significant as feeding or sleeping well.
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Babies need a diaper change regularly. It could be at home, a play area, a shopping mall, a trip etc. This needs the parents to be always ready with a few essential items to make their job easy and smooth. If doing this at home, these essential items should be either near or in the storage space of the diaper station.
Here is this the list of things you will need handy for diapering your baby.
Here are a few things you should keep ready and handy before changing your baby’s diaper.
First and foremost, for diapering, it is important to buy the correct diaper. Choosing a diaper with so many companies and varieties is difficult and confusing. The easy part to remember is that the priority should be the comfort of the baby when buying one. A few pointers to remember are
Diaper changing station is a good option to avoid diaper changing on the beds. One can buy a new diaper station or use any old piece of furniture for diaper changing but with sturdiness and storage space to keep the essential stuff. Apart from that, the table should be one where the mother or the caretaker can stand comfortably and change, preferably the one with side rims so that the baby does not fall.
This is totally optional and not used by all parents. It is an accessory used as per preference by the parents. Using a mat helps in keeping the diaper changing station clean.
Wet baby wipes are very handy and portable. They offer great help in cleaning a messy baby. Whether the baby has peed or has pooped, one can easily use them and dispose of in the bin. It is better to dip cotton balls in lukewarm water or wipes that are non-allergic. It is also important to wipe the area with a clean and soft cloth after cleaning.
Diaper rash creams are specially formulated to create a barrier between the feces that accumulate in the diaper and your baby’s skin. Routinely using creams and moisturizers keep the moisture locked-in, keeps your baby’s skin from infections, and creates a safety barrier. Use branded products and avoid products that have additional fragrances as they may irritate your baby’s skin.
A trash can is necessary to dispose of the diapers. The diaper pail can be a regular one or the latest one with an odour control feature. Always try to use a waste bin that has a foot-pedal option. This will avoid the necessity of bending down to every time you have to throw away a solid diaper.
Babies can get very messy and so it is ideal to always keep extra pair of clothes inside or near to the diaper changing station. This also prevents the rush of running to get clothes every time you need them.
Changing a diaper needs practice and care. It is a simple procedure yet must be handled deftly Given below are some of the basic steps that one must keep in mind for smooth diapering of a baby.
After removing the diaper, you must clean your baby’s skin to remove any traces of feces and reduce the chances of skin infections
After sanitizing the hands, the baby should be made to wear a fresh diaper.
You are almost at the end of the diaper changing process
This totally depends on the diaper type. In the case of using a super-absorbent diaper vs a regular one, the former can stay overnight and does not require a change unless it is completely soiled.
Experts however advise changing a newborn’s diaper after every two to three hours or as need be. Little babies urinate at regular intervals and even pass stool multiple times a day. Other health reasons that must be borne in mind to change the diaper are as follows:
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Experts list a few tips that are helpful for the old as well as new moms. These tips are helpful for changing the diaper in an efficient manner and maintaining proper hygiene.
Thus, the process of diapering a baby is important for the parents, and they should learn all aspects related to it. Diapering along with feeding and putting the baby to sleep makes life smoother and more comfortable.
Diaper creams are safe for the baby, but baby powder is not advisable as it can irritate the baby’s delicate skin.
It is important to change a poppy diaper immediately even when the baby is asleep else there are chances for the baby to get infections, rashes, and other potential skin issues.
Read Also: Cloth or Disposable Diapers?
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