the first week of Diaper Changing
I heard a story about a young couple who did not
change the diaper of their new born for a few days
because they did not know how to do it.
My son is a breastfed baby. I chance his diapers
at least 10-11 times a day. He is now about 5 months,
so I would have changed about 1650 diapers so far.
Wow! I better start potty training for him soon
otherwise it will cost me a bomb.
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Here are my personal experiences
on changing diapers.
- Get everything you need ready before you start:
fresh diaper, wipes, diaper cream, cotton wool, container
of water and even a fresh set of clothes if you have
a boy as they always pee on their clothes when you
are changing them.
I prefer wiping my son’s bottom with cotton
and warm plain water then wipe it as it is more economical
and there will be fewer chemicals on his skin.
- Find yourself a nice, flat place to do the daily
Changing tables - or any other sturdy table or even
beds - are kind to the back. Some changing tables
come with straps for securing the baby; never
leave your baby unattended. The floor
is probably the safest spot, as there is no danger
of falling from height, but it can be hard on the
I bought a changing table that subsequently became
a white elephant as I realised that my son preferred
to be changed on the floor.
- Put the baby face up on the changing surface. Some
babies are nonchalant when it comes to changing diapers,
some will struggle and put up a fight. If your baby
belongs to the second category, hang a mobile toy
above him to provide distraction for you to do what
every mother needs to do.
My son belongs to the second
category and I realised that he became calmer if he
could see my face during the diaper change.
- Open a clean diaper and place it beneath the baby.
Then, unfasten the old one, hold the baby's bottom
up by lifting the ankles, and pull the dirty diaper
out. Be sure to cover immediately the baby's genitals
with a towel or diaper, as the sudden rush of air
will cause baby to pee especially with boys.
My son loves to pee while being
changed so if I am not quick enough I might have to
change my clothes as well.
- Clean the bottom and genitals well -- if there's
a clean spot on the old diaper, use that to make a
first pass. If it is a baby girl, wipe from front
to back to minimize the possibility of infection-causing
bacteria getting into the vagina. For boys, clean
under the scrotum.
- Put on diaper rash cream. Don’t skim on diaper
cream. The trick to prevent nappy rash is to put enough
barrier cream. Remember to put on the folds as well.
Never use talcum powder because
it is a potential carcinogen and can damage lungs.
This is clearly spelled out on the Johnson’s
and Johnson’s warning
label. It was once suggested that cornstarch powder
was better but recent reports show that cornstarch
causes fungal infection.
I use plenty of diaper cream
on my son’s bottom. Mustela barrier cream is
the best in my view as it has a thick texture and
only a small amount is required compared to some other
- Slide a clean diaper under the baby and fold down
the front edge so it doesn't rub against the cord
stump. If the baby pees or poops into the new, clean
diaper, start all over again. Now you know why I need
as much as 10 diapers a day.
As my son is breastfed, he poos
very frequently and very often on a new diaper.
- Fasten the diaper snuggly but still loose enough
so it doesn't pinch the skin.
If you don’t do this step well, the diaper will
- Get the baby dressed. Changing diapers is an acquired
skill. Practice makes perfect and soon you can change
your baby’s diaper with your eyes closed, at
home, at supermarkets and even in the backseat of
your car. And this is something you must learn to
do at all cost.
Contributed by Jenny Wee, a first time parent.
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