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Smooth as a baby's bottom...or not

Parents may be concerned by their "bundle-of-joy's" less than perfect skin, but a dermatologist can evaluate and determine which conditions will resolve themselves and which may need additional treatment.

Recurrent diaper rash is the most common skin condition for which new parents seek a dermatologist's advice. This condition is caused by persistent wet, soiled diapers and the use of unnecessary baby products, such as powders, creams, lotions and oils. "When a baby has diaper rash, parents should remember to change diapers frequently, use a warm, wet washcloth instead of pre-moistened baby wipes on the bottom, and apply a barrier cream with zinc oxide to the affected area," stated Dr. Cambio. "Also, keeping the area open to the air as long as possible before putting a clean diaper on can help prevent the condition."

Atopic dermatitis or eczema, also is a common condition found in newborns and young children. This itchy, oozing, crusting rash occurs mainly on the face and scalp, but patches can appear anywhere. "This condition also can be confused with cradle cap, a common, red, scaly rash most commonly seen on the scalp, sides of the nose, eyebrows, eyelids and the skin behind the ears," said Dr. Cambio. "Eczema treatment can include the use of an over-the-counter or prescription topical, steroid-free antihistamine, while cradle cap usually clears without treatment by 8 to 12 months."

Baby acne, which can have the appearance of pimples and whiteheads along the nose and cheeks, is quite common in newborns as the hormones from the mother increase oil production in an infant's skin and the immature oil glands get clogged. This condition usually clears within three weeks without treatment.

The appearance of a birthmark on a newborn's body can be stressful for parents, but there are many treatments available to fade and even remove these skin conditions, especially from the face. The two most common types of birthmarks are hemangiomas and port-wine stains. Both types can grow as a child grows, but port-wine stains are present at birth, while hemangiomas may not immediately appear. Oral corticosteroids can be prescribed or a pulsed dye laser can be used to significantly improve the appearance of these birthmarks.

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5 Tricks to Make Diapering Easier

Diapering can be a challenge – wiggly limbs, squirmy bottoms and conditions that aren’t always ideal are just a few of the obstacles facing parents as they try to get baby cleaned, changed and ready to go in a fresh new diaper. 

Here are five tips to make this constant task a little bit easier.

  1. Carry a spare (or two).  Preparation is key to preventing serious diapering emergencies. Keep an extra diaper and a small package of diaper wipes in multiple places – the glove compartment of your car, an everyday handbag, in the stroller – so you don’t always have to rely on carrying your full diaper bag with you. If you stash an emergency kit in disposable, zip-top plastic bags, you’ll also have a bag available for wet clothes in a pinch. Throw in a couple of sheets of paper towels for a DIY changing pad on the go.
  2. Distraction is key!   Keeping a moving target steady is half the battle once your baby hits the mobile phase. Having a small rattle, stuffed animal or any little gadget that makes music in your arsenal gives you a simple tool to keep baby’s hands busy and their attention focused so you can get them changed fuss-free. It may even be the time to put some Elmo on your smartphone – anything to make diapering easier!
  3. Change of scenery.  Once babies are on the go, there’s no reason to force them onto a changing table. Instead, have makeshift stations set up in key locations around your home. Stash an extra changing pad or old towel, a box of wipes and a couple diapers in a kitchen drawer or a basket in a bookcase to create a mobile changing station which you can set up on any floor in an instant. This is especially successful if your baby has come to associate the changing table with being taken away from fun activities and company.  A change of locale can make diaper changing seem like less of a big deal.
  4. Audience Participation.  Diaper changing can be one of the first control battles of parenthood. Instead of letting this simple process escalate into an epic event give your child something to do that makes them feel involved. Let them pull the wipes out of the container and hand them to you, or create a goofy diaper changing song. Anything that makes diaper changing a fun exchange rather than an action being forced upon them will make it go faster, and you may even enjoy it!
  5. Call in Reinforcements.  If all else fails, you may need to call for help. This could be an older sibling, your partner, even the family pet. Getting someone else to distract your baby, tickle them, kiss them, even act supremely goofy in order to get their attention can be the ultimate lifesaver. Even better, have that someone else change baby’s diaper all together. A break from your habitual routine can be just what everyone needs.

Diaper changing is an inevitable tasks that come along with parenting – there’s no escaping it. But it doesn’t have to be an inevitable struggle. Try these simple tricks and always remember that this time in your parenting life is short so try to enjoy it – dirty diapers and all.

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Change is good 101 Diapering

Here you'll learn how to master the delicate art of diaper changing. When diapering is not a chore, you'll find that both you and your baby can enjoy the time you spend together in this daily routine. Over the years we've learned plenty about diapering babies — and have gathered some of the best suggestions right here.


Gather changing essentials

Most parents agree that a well-planned changing area makes diapering quicker and easier. Keep essential supplies close at hand (yet out of baby's reach) on nearby shelves. Essential supplies include: diapers, baby wipes, baby lotion (cream or oil), cotton, petroleum jelly, diaper rash cream and diaper rash liquid powder.

Since a baby who is preoccupied is a baby who won't wiggle and squirm, give baby something to look at while being changed — such as an unbreakable mirror or a colorful picture. Later on, when baby is able to grasp objects, keep favorite toys close at hand.


Easy as 1-2-3


Step 1

Gently lay your baby down on a flat, firm surface. Unfasten the soiled diaper and hold both your baby's legs up by grasping both ankles with one hand. Remove the soiled diaper and thoroughly cleanse baby's bottom in and around all the creases with HUGGIES® Baby Wipes, and be sure to wipe baby's bottom from front to back.

Step 2

Now apply any jelly, cream or powder you're going to use. If you use baby powder or cornstarch, shake it carefully into your hand first and then pat it on your baby. That way baby won't breathe in a cloud of powder. Or, use liquid powders that don't have airborne particles.

Step 3

Next, slide a clean diaper under your baby so that the fasteners are in the back. Pull the diaper up between baby's legs, making sure it's on straight, so it will wrap evenly around baby's hips. Then open the tabs, place them over the front of the diaper, and press them down firmly in place. For a snug fit, fasten the side closest to you first. Then roll your baby toward you to tighten and fasten the other side. Try to keep the overlap of front and back as neat as possible so the diaper will hug baby's waist comfortably.

If you want to tighten or adjust the diaper, simply lift the fasteners and reposition them anyplace on the special tab "landing zone," which is often marked by colorful characters near the top of the waistband. The fasteners on HUGGIES® diapers are refastenable and can be opened and fastened again as often as necessary.

Special safety note: Be aware that even a tiny newborn infant can roll off a changing table. So either use a changing table with a strap or keep one hand on your baby at all times.

The scoop on poop

Most new babies have between one and 10 bowel movements daily, and their stools are usually quite loose. It may be weeks, or even months, before your baby has well-formed, pasty stools. If you are breast-feeding, your newborn may have a bowel movement at every nursing, and the stools will probably be much looser than those of a bottle-fed baby. Some babies may not have a bowel movement for up to three days at times — this is not abnormal. But if your baby has trouble pushing the stool out or goes longer than three days without a bowel movement, call your doctor right away.

You should also be aware that breast-fed babies usually have stools of a yellowish-greenish color and those of bottle-fed babies tend to look darker.
If you notice an increase in the number of your baby's bowel movements, or if you notice a change in color or odor, your baby may have a case of diarrhea and you should consult your doctor at once.

And, because newborns have loose and frequent stools, you'll want to make sure your new baby wears diapers with elastic at the legs and waist. They'll give a secure fit to help stop leaking.


The heartbreak of diaper rash

Even with the most expert and careful diaper changes, diaper rash happens. It's one irritation most babies go through, particularly if their skin is sensitive. Despite its name, diaper rash isn't really caused by diapers. It is caused by bacteria that react with urine in a baby's wet diaper to form ammonia. It's the ammonia that irritates the skin, causing small, red pimples or patches of rough, red skin.

Doctors say that keeping a baby dry is the best way to prevent diaper rash. So check diapers often and change them as soon as they show the slightest trace of wetness. Highly breathable diapers like HUGGIES® can also help keep baby's skin dry. Of course, if your baby has a mild case of diaper rash, be extra careful to change diapers frequently. Your doctor will probably also recommend that you apply a thin layer of protective ointment or petroleum jelly to the affected area.

Also, many mothers report that leaving diapers off a baby for at least 15 minutes daily often helps to clear up a case of diaper rash. Of course, if a rash doesn't heal in a couple of days, consult your doctor.

Diapers to go

The diaper bag is the essential piece of luggage whenever you travel with your baby. You can buy a diaper bag made just for that purpose, or easily improvise one out of almost any roomy canvas or nylon tote.

What to pack? Be prepared for anything with the following diaper bag essentials: a HUGGIES® Baby Wipes Travel Pack, a supply of HUGGIES® Diapers, plastic bags with twist ties for easy disposal, whatever cream, jelly, or protective ointment you use, and — in a separate pocket of the bag — any bottles needed for meals on the go. Don't forget a small toy or rattle to distract your squirming baby while you diaper. And HUGGIES® Disposable Changing Pads are perfect for changes on the go. They protect your baby from unsanitary surfaces in public restrooms and safeguard floors, rugs and furniture in homes you visit.

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9 Smart Diaper Habits to Start Now

These quick tips will save you time, sanity, and maybe even your wardrobe.

  1. Always pack at least two more diapers than you need. Because just when you get cocky about having had an extra one on hand, your baby is sure to have her poopiest day yet.
  2. Restock! Whenever you get home from an outing, restock your diaper bag. It’s one of those little things that’ll make you feel super organized and smart.
  3. Order diapers and wipes online. Let’s see, you could drive to the store for diapers between feedings, wait in line, get stuck in traffic, and haul the heavy bags home. Or you could click one pre-set button. Be the smart mom: Click.
  4. BYO trash bag. "I always pack a plastic grocery bag to avoid the uncomfortable situation of having to throw a smelly diaper in someone's kitchen garbage," says Allison Brown, a mom of one in Ridgewood, New Jersey. Her friends are grateful—and yours will be too!
  5. Duck and cover! "As newborns, both of my boys had the tendency to pee as soon as the cold air hits their privates," says Brenna Paransky, a mom of two in Raleigh, North Carolina. "I learned quickly the open-diaper-and-cover routine." Use a wipe or an extra diaper to keep the surprise spray in check.
  6. Open up the new diaper before taking off the old one. "Sometimes babies are super-squirmy," says Karen Lesh, a mom of two in Cheshire, Connecticut. "The faster you can get the new diaper on, the better!"
  7. Keep a package of one-size-up diapers on hand Growth spurts are real, and they happen seemingly overnight.
  8. And when you do find yourself with leftover too-small diapers… "For goodness' sake don't throw them away," says Francesca Donner, a mom of one in New York City. "Find a neighbor, a community center, or a homeless shelter to donate them to and you'll make someone else happy—and feel good, too." 
  9. Want to help more? Also, check out Huggies’ Every Little Bottom program, which is donating up to 22.5 million diapers to babies in need.

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5 Ways To Get Diapering Right Every Single Time

THE “OOPS!”: Not wiping well. You want to make sure the baby is completely clean, so irritation doesn’t set in.
THE FIX: Be as thorough as possible—get into the creases of chubsters! For girls, wipe from front to back; for boys, don’t forget to clean below the scrotum. Whenever possible, let baby spend a few minutes without a diaper after a change or bath so his bottom can air dry.

THE OOPS!: Forgetting to have supplies handy. You’ve got the diaper off and, hmm, where did the wipes go? Meanwhile, naked baby is squirming and plotting to escape.
THE FIX: Some moms find it helps to keep a caddy in changing areas with clean diapers, wipes, cream, and a toy to entertain the baby. Put some lip balm in there for yourself!

THE OOPS!: Letting go. “Lanka was about 4 months old when I turned away from the changing table in the bathroom for a second to wash my hands,” recalls Veronique Ramsey, a mom of two in Montclair, New Jersey. “When I turned back, she had rolled into a laundry basket next to the table! Thank God there were clothes in there to cushion her fall, but I was lucky! I never made that mistake again.”
THE FIX: Actually use those straps on the changing pad, and keep one hand on your baby’s body at all times. Or change her on the floor, but not on a bed where rolling is too easy. If you have to answer the phone, take the baby with you.

THE “OOPS!”: Using too-teeny diapers. If pee keeps soaking the back of a Onesie, there are multiple blowouts, or you notice red marks around baby’s belly and legs, she’s outgrown her diaper.
THE FIX: Upsize! It's easy to figure out: Simply look for the colored “size block” on the front of the Huggies package, which gives the baby’s weight range. For instance, Size 1 is for infants up to 14 pounds; Size 2 is for babies between 12 and 18 pounds. Click here to learn more about HUGGIES diapers and sizing.

THE “OOPS!”: Forgetting to take diapers. Kelly McDonald, a mom of two from Charleston, South Carolina, will always remember the day she visited a science museum with her 3-month-old and toddler in tow. “I was so proud of myself for actually making it there and we were strolling around when all of a sudden, I felt something really warm on my arm. I’d snapped up Ella’s onesie and forgotten to put a diaper on. I’d also left my diaper bag at home—I totally blame the sleep deprivation— so we had to abandon ship.”
THE FIX: Don’t leave home without ‘em. Says McDonald, “After that I learned that having a stash of diapers in the minivan is a good idea!”



Want to donate diapers to babies in need? Check out Huggies’ Every Little Bottom program. Link: http://www.huggies.com/en-US/promotions/everylittlebottom

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4 Ways to Get Dad to Do Diapers (Hint: Start Now!)

  1. Practice, practice, practice. Even if you tried diapering at a birth-prep class, keep it up at home. Grab a baby doll, dipes and wipes, and make a date out of it. Maybe it’s not quite as fun as going to the movies, but we promise you’ll be giggling before you know it.
  2. Discuss doodie duty. It’s smart to talk about diapering expectations during pregnancy so you and Dad are on the same page before junior arrives. As you practice diapering, you could say something funny but pointed like, “Honey, I’m going to be counting on you to help with diapers—you know, until the baby’s in college. You’re in, right?”
  3. Get him a cool Dad bag. “I bought my husband a very hip-but-manly diaper bag: black leather, sleek, no teddy bears or pastels anywhere. I packed it with necessities and gave it to him about a month before our son was born,” says Nina Johnson, a mom of two from Durango, Colorado. “It did the trick. He was proud to carry it around and actually put it to use.” Yes, it’s the gift that keeps on giving, and it sends a clear message: “You’ll be changing diapers too, Daddio.”
  4. Let him know that Dads who diaper are sexy. Seriously! Watching your guy diaper your newborn will show you a whole other amazing side of him, and mentioning that can help him get past any lingering hesitations. He’ll be happy, you’ll be happy—everyone wins.

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What’s Your Trick for Changing Diapers on the Go?

Stick to a three-diaper minimum.

“I always have at least three diapers in the bag—one for the change I anticipate, one for the change I don’t, and one as a ‘sacrifice’ diaper, when the change I didn’t anticipate turns into a blowout.”’ —Lori Rosen, Summit, New Jersey; mom of two.

Prepare for change.

“From watching the Food Network, I’ve learned that French chefs have a technique they call ‘mis èn place,’ which means ‘putting in place.’ They know that dicing and slicing before they cook helps everything go smoothly. I apply the same to diapering. I make sure I’m ready for action—with wipes, a plastic bag and a change of clothes—before the diaper’s off.” —Taylor Newman, Austin, Texas; mom of one.

Create a distraction.

“My smartphone is my secret to getting the job done quickly. I stream some children’s music, lay the phone on the changing table, and it mesmerizes my baby. It’s so much easier to change a calm baby than a wriggly one.” —Stephanie O’Hara, Long Island, New York; mom of one.

Keep it clean.

“I have a mini bottle of hand sanitizer in my diaper bag that I refill from a big bottle at home. I use it after diaper changing to wipe my baby’s feet, hands, and whatever else got pooped on.” —Peggy Cheng, Oakland, California; mom of two.

Pick up a portable changing pad.

“I use something called the Skip Hop Pronto Changing Station. It's a clutch that folds out into a changing mat and has pockets for wipes, diapers and cream. It’s nice and flat, so I can put it on gross public changing tables, in the trunk of my car, or even on the ground.” —Nora McCarthy, Norwalk, Connecticut; mom of two.

Go in style.

“I bought a chic, oversize purse to fit diaper essentials and all my stuff. I have everything in easy reach for quick changes in restrooms and it helps me feel like a woman…not an overpacked mom!” —Pamela Yonkin, Portsmouth, New Hampshire; mom of two.

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Changing-table Challenges Solved!

Diapering should be A-B-C-D-Easy, but what happens when Baby doesn't get the memo? Here’s how to avoid potential pitfalls. 

Challenge: Baby keeps flipping over

Solution: "Always snap the belt on the changing table around your baby to protect her," says Amy Chezem, a spokesperson for the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association. Also, your baby will be less likely to flip over if you keep her entertained. Sing a silly song, blow raspberries on her tummy, make funny faces—put on a show and work quickly. 

Challenge: Baby cries when you change his diaper

Solution: Some tots find the sudden exposure to cold air uncomfortable, so try draping a blanket over your baby’s chest and tummy before changing him. Then rub wipes between your hands for a few seconds to warm them. Talk in a calm, soothing voice, explaining what you’re doing; you could also sing lullabies or position a musical mobile over the changing table. 

Challenge: Baby puts her hands in the dirty diaper

Solution: Children’s natural curiosity leads them to investigate just about everything—including what’s happening down below during a diaper change. Keep your baby’s hands busy with a textured toy (like a rattle) that she only gets at changes. If she still insists on grabbing at her dirty diaper, be sure to clean her hands with a wipebefore wrapping up the diaper change. Then take her to the sink and scrub her hands with soap and warm water. 

Challenge: Baby is a kicker

Solution: Sometimes, kids kick because they’re frustrated and want off the table. But sometimes, it just feels good. Either way, try holding both of baby’s ankles with one hand while you wipe his bottom with the other. 

If the thrashing is extra strong, hold both ankles close to his body (so it looks like he’s doing a squat). Viola—no more Kung Fu baby!

Another key to successful diaper changes: HUGGIES! Keep your baby clean, happy, and dry with these HUGGIES products.


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How to Keep the Baby’s Room Smelling Great

Wrap it up.

"I reuse plastic grocery bags to seal dirty diapers before tossing them. They hold the smell in just fine, poop doesn’t seep out into the diaper pail, and they're free!" —Kim Young, mom of three, Carbondale, Illinois

Make that room laundry-fresh.

"I tuck fabric softener sheets beneath the baby’s changing pad and in the nursery trash can. It keeps the whole room smelling nice." —Catherine Lively, mom of four, Houston, Texas

Relocate.

"We avoid smelly-room syndrome by changing the baby in other rooms. I have a diaper caddy that holds all the necessities, and a waterproof mat. I'm more comfortable using air fresheners in, say, our living room than in the one where my baby will be sleeping." —Erin Smykay, mom of two, Kansas City, Missouri

Do an oil change.

"I take a few drops of tea tree oil, which you can find at most drug stores, and rub it on the underside of the diaper pail with a wipe. It smells so clean, and it also acts as a sanitizer." —Allison McDonald, mom of two, Seattle, Washington

Avoid sour sheets.

"Don't let your baby go to bed with a bottle in hand. The leaky milk will turn fresh sheets into smelly ones overnight. Your dentist will thank you, too, because bottles in the bed can cause tooth decay." —Claire McCrary, mom of four, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Take it outside.

"With our second daughter, we didn’t even bother with a diaper pail—we just escorted dirty diapers straight into the outside trash can!" —Tiffany Morris, mom of two, Fayetteville, Arkansas

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Cleanups on the Go

Know your rest rooms

Unlike gas station restrooms, fast food restaurants usually have the best facilities for a comfortable change. Often a shopping mall will be your best bet for a pit-stop off the highway because you’ll have more restaurants and stores to choose from.

Stay sanitized

Pack hand sanitizer for you to use after each diaper change. Half the battle of keeping the baby clean and healthy is keeping yourself clean, too.

Double bag it

Reuse plastic grocery bags for soiled diapers. Simply twist the bag, pull the handles down and knot underneath for a double-bag effect — and less odor.

Don’t underestimate the mess

Just when you think it’s over, sometimes it’s only beginning. So prepare for more than one mess. And keep those extra clothes and diapers in the car at all times so you don’t even have to think about it.

Use DVDs and books sparingly

Motion sickness can be caused by any number of things, and lots of kids get it from watching a TV in a moving car. So even though videos might help keep the car a little quieter on long trips, it could also cause headaches down the road.

Extra wipes are your friend

You might think your car is getting cluttered with stuff you don’t need — until you need it all in one day. Be prepared with diapers, wipes, a garbage bag or two, and even paper towels.

Healthy snacks can help

Or at least simple ones. Raisins. Animal crackers. Graham crackers. Kids love em, they’re entertaining, and they can prevent calls for unnecessary fast-food stops.

Bring the diapers you trust

Finally, make sure you’ve got a trustworthy diaper. Did you know you can get HUGGIES® Diapers and Wipes delivered to your door? Buying online is convenient—and it might save you a little money. Click here to see how to order online and find stores that sell HUGGIES® Products near you.

A few minutes to stock up the car can mean the difference between a fun outing with the family or a stressful road trip. Now, the next step is figuring out how to get someone else to take care of the actual driving.

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