What should I look out for while selecting a diaper for my baby?
Shape and fit top the list when it comes to finding the right diaper for your baby. So here are some ideas to help you make sure you're giving your baby the snuggest, most comfy fit.
Start with the right size. Size can play a big role in finding the right fit. But how can you tell if your baby is wearing the right-sized diaper? Leaks, red marks, gaps or a diaper that fits tight are all signs of an improper fit. If your baby is nearing the top of the weight range, it may be time to consider moving up a size for optimal diaper performance. It just makes sense that a diaper should be shaped more like your baby, not like a box (Try Huggies Wonderpants)
Once you're sure about size, make sure you've put the diaper on in a way that will prevent leaks. If the diaper looks crooked or is riding up on your baby, it's probably not on right. After each change, you'll want to make sure you're covering all the right spots including the backside and hips. No coverage on these areas means leaks or an uncomfy baby.
When should I change my baby's diaper?
You should change your baby’s diapers regularly. The disposable diapers are good at absorbing moisture so you may not be able to gauge the wetness until they’re soaked. That is why It's a good idea to check your baby's diaper every two hours or so to see if it's time for a change.
As a regular practise, you could change it first thing every morning, after a nap, before bedtime and after a bowel movement. You don’t necessarily need to wake up the baby to change the wet diaper, but ensure you change it as soon as it is awake to avoid skin irritations.
Should I follow certain action before I change my baby's diaper?
You can help avoid rashes from developing and promote healing when a rash is present, at every diaper change with some simple tips:
- Always wash your hands before and after every diaper change.
- Change baby’s diaper as soon as it’s soiled; at least every 1-3 hours during the day and once during the night.
- Gently wipe or pat baby’s bottom with warm water and a soft, clean cloth or skin-friendly wipe. Avoid rubbing baby’s skin during a diaper change.
- Always wipe from front to back as you clean baby’s genital area.
- Allow baby’s skin to air dry before re-diapering.
- To prevent irritants from coming in contact with delicate skin, apply a thick layer of petroleum jelly if baby’s bottom appears slightly red. Once a rash has developed, apply zinc oxide-based cream with each change until the irritation is gone.
- Avoid using baby or talcum powder, which can irritate baby’s skin and lungs.
How many diapers do I need?
There are lots of things you need when you have a baby, but really only a few essentials. You need food, clothes and diapers. Lots of diapers. For people who haven't experienced life with a newborn before, it's hard to imagine a baby would need diaper changes 10 to 12 times a day.
Don’t leave the house with fewer than three diapers because you just never know how many you'll need. Even if your baby peed and you're confident that you're in the clear, it's always a good idea to pack an extra few.
Diapers and wipes are a mandatory part of life with a baby. Be sure to stock up on these essentials and you'll breeze through each diaper change like a seasoned pro.