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6 Reality Checks About Changing A Diaper

Veteran moms and dads like to freak out newbies with tales of diaper-changing drudgery, but here’s a dirty little secret: It isn’t so bad. Before you believe the diap hype, let us dispel the myths.
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What you’re thinking: You'll be changing diapers every single hour.
Reality check: You’ll want to keep your baby as dry as possible to decrease the risk of diaper rash, so regular changes are important (to help you keep track, check out this feeding and diapering chart.) But even newborns, who typically require more frequent fresh diapers, can be changed once every few hours, no prob. And if she’s sleeping peacefully, do not disturb!

What you’re thinking: Putting diapers on right is tricky.
Reality check: Parents typically worry about making a diaper too tight or too loose, says Blythe Lipman, a Scottsdale, Arizona mom of two and the author of Baby Instructions. Her simple solution: “If your entire hand fits between tummy and diaper it's too loose, and if you can't get a finger between tummy and diaper, it’s too tight.”

What you’re thinking: It's going to be gross.
Reality check: Pleasant, it ain’t, but you’ll get used to it. To minimize the ick factor, have everything you need within reach—diapers, wipes, a bag for the dirty diaper. “I was always afraid my son would spray my face,” says Derrick Hayes, a father of four in Columbus, Georgia. “I overcame it by wiping him off fast!” It also helps to place a wipe over a baby boy’s penis to prevent accidental sprinkles.

What you’re thinking: Leaks and blowouts are unavoidable.
Reality check: Accidents happen, but they won’t happen that often if your baby’s wearing the right size diaper. That might mean moving up to a larger size before your child reaches the weight limit of their current size, especially overnight. Happily, both HUGGIES® Pure & Natural Diapers and HUGGIES® Little Snugglers diapers have a pocketed back waistband to help keep in the runny mess. Click here to learn more about HUGGIES products.

What you’re thinking: Diapering on the go is hard.
Reality check: If you have everything handy in a diaper bag, you’ll deal…and get to be a pro. Can’t find a flat surface? Recline the stroller seat. Or pick a discreet spot in a park or playground. In a real pinch, carefully change baby on your outstretched legs.

What you’re thinking: Changing diapers is The World's Worst Chore.
Reality check: “Diapering can actually be a great bonding experience,” says Diana G. Blanco, mom of two and parenting coach at Smooth Parenting in New York City. “Keep up eye contact with your baby, make faces, sing songs, tickle her feet, massage her legs.” You’ll see: diapering can be a welcome break for both you and your baby.

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  • Rated 0 out of 5 by 544reviewers.
    Rated 0 out of 5 by We've only experienced blowouts due to four reasons:1) The diaper is too small. Face it, a half-cup of nasty in a quarter-cup of diaper just isn't going to work!2) Cutting corners. Don't let a wet diaper get to be a REALLY wet diaper, because shortly thereafter, it will soon be a disaster! When you see baby's face turning red, prepping for a BM, the diaper had better be mostly dry!3) Low-riders. When placing the new diaper on, make sure the back is right at baby's waist. If it's too low, the back is the first place the poop will exit.4) Forgetting the wings. Around the thighs of each Huggies diaper, there is a little frill of material. MAKE SURE that those ruffles are flared and NOT tucked in. We had many blowouts post-gramma's house before we taught her this little trick. January 26, 2015
    Rated 0 out of 5 by Its easier when they're little...its when they get bigger that it grosses me out more haha January 24, 2015
    Rated 0 out of 5 by At this point, I'm kinda looking forward to diaper changing time. I just love babies, and I'll live mine the most! :) January 23, 2015
    Rated 0 out of 5 by wish I knew that a long time ago, my friends child had an accicdent in his crib and poop everywhere! January 23, 2015
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