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Who knew that something as simple as changing your baby’s diapers could raise so many questions? Huggies has tips, advice and guides on how to make diaper time a happy one.

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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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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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Where Do You Keep Diapers?

Every parent knows that carefully-stashed diapers can be a real lifesaver. Moms share their secret hiding places—and smart storage tips.

Diapers on board:

"I keep several diapers and a small pack of wipes in my car's glove compartment. When I forget to refill my diaper bag—often!—or end up with a ton of unanticipated errands, I'm always thankful for that extra stash."

—Jessica McGuffey, mom of one, Puyallup, Washington

Basket case:

"I have diapers everywhere. They’re even in the den, stored in a chic wicker basket under the coffee table, which blends in with my décor. I also have a couple in every bag I own since you never know which one you'll decide to grab. It's good to be prepared."

—Jessica Linquist, mom of two, Anchorage, Alaska

Short stack:

"When my kids were newborns, I stashed diapers in the pretty fabric diaper stackers my mother-in-law made. I’d keep them there until the kids got older and started pulling them out and tossing them all over the room—at which point I’d hide them in their dresser drawers!"

—Rebecca Geisler-Chittom, mom of three, Clinton, Mississippi

BYO!

"There are going to be situations where you don't want to lug a diaper bag around, like tailgating. I skip the diaper bag and just stuff a couple of diapers in a big purse with a travel pack of wipes and a couple of small toys."

—Amy Ward, mom of one, Metairie, Louisiana

One step ahead:

"For whatever reason, both of my daughters like to go to the bathroom right after I pull them out of the tub. I used to have floor accidents before I could get a diaper on them, and got tired of washing the rug. So now I keep diapers in the bathroom vanity and get them wrapped up as quickly as possible!"

—Megan Crume, mom of two, Waynesville, North Carolina

Show ‘em off:

"This may sound weird, but I really like the way diapers look when stacked in a neat pile. White, crisp, clean—they just fit the décor of my nursery. I keep two stacks on the shelf beneath the changing table. It’s so convenient; I can just grab one while keeping a hand on my baby. Between the two stacks of diapers, I keep a cute little bunny that my mom gave me when I was a kid, so the shelf looks designed, like something you’d see in a catalog. I love it!"

—Christina Edmonds, Pearl River, New York

Floor plan:

"I always make sure that there are diapers on both floors of our home—I keep some in my daughter's room, and some in the pocket of her playpen downstairs. There's nothing worse than having to run up or down a flight of stairs in the middle of a change."

—Amanda Pincomb, mom of three, Jacksonville, Florida

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Changing a Toddler's Diaper: Real Mom Tips

By: Melanie Edwards

I never thought I’d say that I miss changing a baby’s diaper, but the truth is that save for no diapers at all, it’s the next best thing to changing a toddler’s diaper. Changing a toddler’s diaper can be a trying, challenging, and humorous part of parenting. You may not laugh in the moment, but let’s face it, chasing a toddler running away in his diaper is funny stuff. Let’s take a look at a few challenges that come with changing a toddler’s diaper (and a couple of tips), shall we?

Challenge #1: Getting Your Toddler to Lie Down

When you realize that your toddler needs a diaper change, you probably announce it to him/her first. Parents, I am not sure why we do this to ourselves, but I think it’s because we’re tricked into thinking they can be reasoned with since they’re now saying a few words. The alternative is to just grab your toddler, but chances are that will only cause a tantrum. So, announcing a diaper change does seem to be the best way to go about it, plus your toddler will (hopefully) get used to the idea after hearing the words a few times.

After announcing the imminent diaper change, more than likely your toddler begins to run away from you. This begins a game of chase the toddler around the house. After much giggling, you finally find a way to get a hold of your toddler and are now tasked with getting him/her to actually lie down on your changing table, bed, couch, floor, or wherever you decide to change the diaper.

Tip #1: Use a Distraction and Talk with Your Toddler

I used to just grab baby boy and lay him down for a diaper change, but recently I talk him through it. First, I ask him to sit down. Then, I give him some type of toy, book or distracting item. Usually the TV is on too, distracting him from what’s going on. As I guide him down, I also ask him to lie down. Since he’s already aware that we’re going to do a diaper change, the process of lying down becomes easier.

Challenge #2: Keeping Your Toddler from Touching the Diaper Area

Once your toddler is lying down for his/her diaper change, the next challenge is keeping him/her from touching the area you’re trying to clean. Even if a distraction was used, toddlers can easily lose interest in the item, causing them to toss the toy and promptly put their hands in the diaper area.

Tip #2: Make a Game of It

One thing my husband did with our baby boy was teach him to keep his hands up or on his chest. Our boy still tries to touch his diaper area, but we remind him to "put hands up" and he proceeds to do so – it’s like a game for him! Of course, there are times that either my husband or I will have to hold down his hands (gently) while the other cleans him up.

Challenge #3: Wriggly, Squirmy Legs

Those toddlers sure do know how to wriggle and squirm, don’t they? It’s amazing how fast they can move their legs and get away from your hold! Squirmy legs make it pretty hard to properly put a new diaper on and fasten it, so controlling them is key.

Tip #3: Use Whatever Means Necessary

Sometimes my baby boy behaves and doesn’t squirm too much. But, when he does, I find myself doing whatever works in the moment – usually this means pinning down his leg with my arm.

Changing a toddler’s diaper can feel a bit like a wrestling match at times, but hopefully these few tried-and-true tips will help you out the next time you engage your toddler in a good game of "let’s change your diaper!"

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Get Dad to Do the Diapers!

How moms make sure everyone in the house (hi, Dad!) is part of the changing crew.

Show him the ropes. "After our son was born, I found that there were a lot of things that my husband just didn't know how to do—diapers being number one, and number two, ha, ha. I started babysitting at age 11, so a lot of this stuff came easily to me. I knew my husband was going to need help when I saw him holding baby, who’d just pooped, like he was a bomb about to go off! I showed him the ropes and these days he pitches in without me even having to ask."
—Stacy Spiehler, mom of one, Jackson, Mississippi

Share and share alike. "At our house, the rule is, 'Whoever smells it, changes it.' My husband and I both work full-time so we split parenting duties 50-50 on almost everything. It’s a system that works great for us. Now I’m going to go give my husband a big kiss because I just realized how good I’ve got it."
—Mary Elizabeth Hart, mom of one, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Make it special time "I'm a stay-at-home mom, so most of the diapering responsibility is mine. I did 'assign' my husband the nighttime routine, so he does the last diaper change of every day. It gives me a chance to relax and him a chance to spend a little time with baby"
—Jennifer Bush, mom of two, San Jose, California

Give the guy a break. "When I married my husband, he had three older kids and he’d rarely done diapers. That changed when we had a baby! I’m all for an equal partnership. When he comes home from work, though, he needs to decompress. If I allow him that time, I find he's ready, willing, and happy to take on the role of Dad."
Renee Cole, mom of four, Lombard, Illinois

Just ask. "My husband is an involved Dad who helps with baths and bedtime, but he doesn’t like diaper changes, so I’m usually the one handling them. I do have one great way to get him to help, though: I ask him to! If I ask him nicely, he never turns me down."
—Crystal Holsted, mom of three, North Little Rock, Arkansas

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6 Reality Checks About Changing A Diaper

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.

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

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