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The New Dads Cheat Sheet to Diaper Changing
One of the main things you will be doing in your baby’s first year is changing diapers. Every time you interact with your baby, you naturally want to make the most of bonding time. And changing diapers, believe it or not, presents a wonderful bonding session. Diaper change duty often has its unexpected times and its smooth moments.
Here is a go-to diaper change routine with a few tips that I’m sure you’ll be glad to now know.
- Lay your baby on a flat soft surface, preferably on a changing mat to keep things from getting too messy. I know I’m not the only one who has opened the diaper just in time to have a stream of pee start to shoot right out.
- Make sure you have all the items you need such as; fresh diaper, Johnson’s Baby wipes, Johnson’s Baby diaper rash cream if need be, disposal for a dirty diaper, a change of clothes if the current clothes have been soiled.
- Take off the pants if there are any or unbutton the onesie. You can fold the shirt over your baby’s hands to keep them away.
- Take off the diaper and grab you wipes or wet cotton wool and clean the bottom from the front going to the back. TIP: To save on wipes get flannels instead which you can use for a diaper change when at home because you can have them cleaned soon after. Only use wipes when you’re outdoors. ANOTHER TIP: Apply Johnson’s baby oil to your baby’s bottom to make diaper change easy especially when they poo. The poo will wipe away super easy. You’ll only need about 2 drops as Johnson’s baby oil is quite thick, which is lovely.
- Place the clean diaper under the baby’s bottom and fasten the adhesive straps. Put the clothes back on and dispose of the dirty diaper. Now you’re good to go!!
- As a new parent, you may be shocked at how many diapers you go through in a day its best to fully stocked in advance
- Don’t take your eyes off the baby when on the changing table.
- Baby boys turn into peeing fountains when cold air hits their tummies, so learn to create a shield with the front of the diaper. Little girls need to have their private parts wiped from front to back, so as not to get fecal material in their genital area.
- To help protect against diaper rash, try to get into a routine of changing your baby’s diaper before or after every feed, and immediately after a poo.
- Wash your hands before and after a diaper change.
- Wash baby’s hands, sometimes a rogue hand is likely to find its way into a dirty diaper
- Make sure you clean and disinfect your changing station regularly.
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