The first time changing diapers for newborn parents will find it quite difficult. But only after a short time when the baby has changed diapers many times, parents will get used to this job right away. Here are some helpful tips to help parents get an easier start with changing diapers.
Choose the right type of diaper
First, parents need to make a decision about which diaper to use. Parents can freely choose the type of diaper that suits the circumstances and lifestyle of the family as well as the baby.
Disposable diapers are convenient, especially during the first few weeks when mothers are getting used to taking care of babies. However, you need to know that it takes centuries to decompose such diapers, so please consider carefully when using to protect the environment.
There are now products that produce biodegradable nappies that help protect the environment. The advantage of these diapers is that they do not use chemical gel, bleach, and decompose faster. Of course, the cost of biological diapers is also more expensive.
No matter what type of diaper the mother is, be aware of the baby’s navel. For the first few weeks, moms should use diapers designed to open the navel so that when the baby’s umbilical cord falls out, the opening will be open and heal quickly.
For diaper-free diapers, moms should fold the front of the diaper down to make sure the baby’s navel is exposed.
Besides, when using any type of diaper, the mother should pay attention to the baby’s body has a negative reaction to that diaper. For example, if your baby’s skin appears rash, redness, the mother must quickly change the type of diaper accordingly.
How to reserve diapers?
Because the stomach is small, babies eat it many times a day and naturally go to the toilet more often. Babies can go light after about 1-3 hours of feeding and go bad about several times a day. That way, the average baby needs to change about 12 diapers a day or less depending on the baby. If your baby doesn’t poop or diaper, you can change your baby’s diaper after 4-6 hours – depending on the type of diaper
If you use disposable diapers, you should buy in bulk and store in the house, saving money and convenience for her mother in all cases.
Newborn babies grow very fast, so don’t buy too many diapers of one size!
Choose to buy a diaper changing mat
When choosing to buy diapers to change diapers, you need to pay the most attention to durability. A pad should last at least two years. One thing I need to keep in mind is never to leave my children alone on the floor without anyone watching.
Mothers should also prepare a thin and more convenient pad to fold and tuck into the bag when the mother and son are out. Now there is a diaper bag with a changing mat inside, convenient for busy mothers who do not have time to prepare.
Also, some mothers use the diaper changing tables and fixed pads. However, diaper changing tables are not necessary. You just need to put the mat on the floor or in bed to change your baby’s diaper.
No matter which way I choose, I need to keep an eye on your baby throughout the diaper changing process to ensure safety.
Add the necessary diaper changing tools
In addition to the essentials, parents can also refer to buying a few more useful tools in the process of changing babies:
- Wipes, cotton balls, disposable wipes or dry wipes
- Specialized diaper bags contain dirty diapers to remove odors or bags, sealed biodegradable bags.
- Moisturizing cream moisturizes and helps prevent itching.
- Diaper storage bags when out and about. She only needed a large bag that could hold a few extra diapers and thin diaper changing pads.
How to use a baby diaper
Here are suggestions on how to use a newborn diaper and how to clean it when changing a baby’s diaper.
With little girls
For girls, the way to change babies’ diapers is basically the same as for boys. She also laid the baby on her back, then removed the old diaper and changed the new diaper. Secure the diaper with double-sided tape and check that the diaper fits your baby well.
The only difference when changing diapers for girls is that mothers do not need to keep their private parts down. Moreover, with the “princess”, the mother did not worry about peeing in the baby.
How to change diapers for babies in fact very simple, just encapsulated in 2 steps:
- Step 1: Remove the old diaperMother put baby on her back. Use your hands to remove the patches on both sides, then gently hold the baby’s feet up, wipe the buttocks and slide the dirty diapers out. Old diapers after use, mom should fold tightly then throw in the trash.
- Step 2: Change a new diaper for your baby
Still using your hands to hold the baby’s feet high up, gently put new diapers on then release the baby’s feet. Pull up the front of the diaper, hold the “boy” downwards so the cord will not get dirty on the edge of the diaper. Use your hands to remove the tape on both sides and paste it on the front. When fixing a diaper-fixing tape, moms should paste so that the front is parallel to the edge of the diaper. Also pay attention so that the diaper fits the baby’s feet, the diaper does not twist.
Change your baby’s diaper often
Babies need a diaper change before or after a feed and anytime they become bloated.
Some babies have delicate skin and need a diaper change after sleeping one night to avoid skin irritation. Many disposable diapers soak up so well that even mom doesn’t realize that the diaper is wet. But when the baby is bloated, the diaper will be heavier than usual.
Mothers should regularly check the moisture of a diaper by inserting a clean finger into the diaper. For some diapers, there are also overflow mothers who only need to pay attention to the color of the wall.
Mom doesn’t need to wake her up to change diapers at night. But if your baby wakes up to breastfeed, you can change the diaper at that time. If not, the baby may wake up again because of discomfort when the diaper is wet. Change diapers slowly and avoid making noise at night to avoid frightening me.
Protect your baby from diaper rash
More than 30% of babies and toddlers have diaper rash. Diaper rash usually does not spread over an infant’s body, making it uncomfortable for the baby.
The main cause of diaper rash is moisture from prolonged contact with feces and urine. So, keep the diaper area dry and cool! Here are precautions to avoid diaper rash in infants:
- Change diapers often and change them immediately after using the toilet.
- Clean the genital area and buttocks after each care; Make sure your baby’s diaper area is always clean and dry before changing a new diaper.
- Apply a thin layer of moisturizer to your baby’s bottom after each diaper change.
- Occasionally, don’t diaper a baby to keep the baby’s bottom dry
- Use alcohol-free towels.
- Do not use talcum powder because it can cause friction and irritation.
Things to note when changing diapers
Change your baby’s diaper in a safe and secure place to avoid dangerous unstable places. Keep necessary tools out of reach and mothers should wash their hands before changing diapers for children. Mothers can spread an extra towel on the mat for comfort.
Hold a baby on one hand so that children do not wiggle very much, making it difficult for diapers. How to change a diaper depends on the type of diaper your baby is using. How to handle dirty diapers depends on the brand and the different types of diapers.
Many first-time parents worry about their child about color and stool properties. You will notice that your baby’s stool changes throughout the first year of life, and may vary between the day before and the day after.
Your baby’s first diapers will have a dark blue stool. Don’t be shy, it’s meconium and this is a completely normal phenomenon. The intestines are eliminating everything that has accumulated in that pretty little belly for nine months straight. By the time your baby is two to four days old, the stool will be lighter and less sticky.
If the baby is exclusively breastfed, the baby’s stool will usually be yellow or greenish and will form a smooth and porous mass. Conversely, if a child drinks formula milk, the stool will be mushy and peanut butter-like, brown brown, yellow-brown, or green-brown.
Babies are sometimes uncomfortable and do not like to wipe with a cold towel. So, try to warm the towel before cleaning the baby!
Changing diapers together is a special time. Mother sing and talk to the baby, pointing to the parts of my body. Mom can also explain what she is doing to her baby.
Listening to the mother’s voice helps children feel calmer and is very good for learning later speech skills. After changing diapers, please cuddle and comfort your baby!
If your baby fusses and squirms while changing her diaper, hang the toy above and out of reach. Or mom makes use of an image with high-contrast colors or a mirror, a toy to attract the baby’s concentration.