Pregnancy may seem like one never-ending task of doing whatever you can to keep the baby healthy, and after childbirth, that chore quadruples in magnitude. It’s obvious that babies are extremely high-maintenance since they are entirely dependent on their parents. For instance, babies need their parents to clean them up after every trip to the toilet. Therefore, diapers come in handy as they at least hold the poop or pee until the parent can get their newborn somewhere to replace it.
Diaper changes are an unsightly business. However, there’s a lot more to diaper changes than just swapping out diapers. There are dos and don’ts when changing your baby’s diapers. It’s important to know the best practices for diaper change because you will be doing it for the entirety of your child’s life prior to potty training. In this article, let’s look at the importance of good diaper habits for your baby and why you should adopt them for an easier and cleaner time.
Never leave the changing room
There are instances when a parent might accidentally leave their baby on the changing table and rush to the stove or grab something in another room. Never leave your baby alone during a diaper change. Several things could go awry. For one, the child may fall off and injure themselves. Secondly, they might grab a dangerous object and try eating it. A confinement nanny can help with supervision of the child to make sure everything goes on safely. In fact, the confinement nanny can handle the diaper change altogether as the mom attends to other tasks.
Location, location, location
During a diaper change, location is very important. You don’t necessarily need to have a high-tech changing table equipped with all kinds of gadgets. A flat surface is ideal to change the newborn. Basically, a flat surface allows you to hold the baby in position without worrying that their wriggling causes them to fall off the table. Moreover, you can easily slide diapers out from beneath them. Always clean your diaper changing table with an antibacterial solution.
Babies can get rashes from putting on diapers and changing diapers. Rashes are the result of the diaper causing abrasive movement around the legs and backside, leading to chafing. Fortunately, diaper rash can be easily tackled and treated. Apply rash cream or petroleum jelly where your baby is prone to diaper rash. Failure to do so may lead to a lot of pain and discomfort for your baby.
Parents can sometimes forget to change their baby’s diaper, especially when they are busy with other things. Babies often cry when they are uncomfortable, and it’s less stressful to change diapers than listening to whimpers from an unsettled child. Due to development in diaper technology, sometimes the child may not feel uncomfortable despite needing a change of diaper. Therefore, it’s prudent to think about it after every few hours, regardless of what you are doing.
For boys, a good practice is to place a wipe or a section of the diaper over the male organ while changing. If not, the baby may urinate, and that will spread everywhere. Placing a small wipe over the penis area during diaper change will prevent the possibility of splashing from occurring.
So, what’s the best way to wipe your baby when changing diapers? It’s best to wipe front to back and not back to front. Wiping back to front may increase the threat of infections because the anal region has plenty of bacteria that aren’t supposed to be dragged up into the scrotum for boys and vaginal area for girls.
These good diaper habits mentioned above can help parents take a lot of the germy, smelly mess out of diaper changes.