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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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Diaper Size Transitions – Keeping Up With Your Baby

You may have heard that babies go through a lot of diapers. But what nobody really prepares you for is how quickly your baby might move from size to size. 

Is a newborn or a size 1 diaper the right one for your baby when you bring them home from the hospital? If the answer is newborn, when do you switch to a size 1 or size 2? And how many should you buy in size? With so many questions in mind, it's common for a little trial-and-error in this learning process.

Diapers are sold by baby’s weight, not age, because babies come in all shapes and sizes. But remember: the package weight recommendations are just general guidelines. You may have to go up or down a size based on your own baby’s body shape. For example, they may need more room in the leg or less in the waist than another baby. 

Diapers should fit snugly around the waist and legs without gaps or sagging. There is some overlap in sizing, though. A 12-pound baby can wear a size 1, but size 2 diapers also work for babies between 12-18 pounds. If your baby’s weight falls in an overlapping range, see which fits most securely.

You’ll know the current size is getting too small when the fitting is a bit too snug.  If the next size is still too big, don't fret! Soon enough those diapers will soon fit perfectly. 

In preparation for a baby, families often stock up on sizes 1 and 2. Don't be surprised, though, if you move on to larger sizes sooner than you anticipated. Babies grow fast! It's smart to stock up on a range of sizes, so you always have the right size diaper on hand, as your baby grows. If you end up with a few packs of unused diapers, remember you can always donate them to a local diaper bank in your area to benefit babies in need.

For more information, explore the Huggies® diaper size chart here or see below for individual size charts. 

Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers:

Welcome your newborn into the world with a diaper inspired by your hugs that nurture and care. Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers are designed to provide gentle skin protection to help keep your baby’s newborn skin clean and healthy. They feature a wetness indicator that lets you know when your baby’s diaper is ready to be changed, and they come in sizes for preemies, weighing up to 6 lbs., and size 6 for those weighing 35 lbs and up. 

Huggies Snug & Dry Diapers:

Want long-lasting protection? Huggies Snug & Dry diapers have four layers to absorb moisture quickly and securely. They help stop leaks and keep baby dry up to 12 hours, which means more sleep and playtime for everyone. Plus the yellow stripe turns blue when wet to let you know it’s diaper change time. Perfect from the beginning, in size Newborn (6-9 lb) up to size 6 (35+ lbs).

Huggies Little Movers Diapers:

Your baby is growing up and becoming more active, which means they now have different diapering needs. Huggies Little Movers Diapers encourage and support movement for babies 16 to 35+ lbs. (sizes 3-6). The contoured shape, double grip strips and SnugFit waistband are designed to move with your active baby. They stay in place from your baby’s first crawl to their first step and beyond.

Huggies Little Swimmers Swimpants:

Whether running through sprinklers in the backyard or swimming at your local pool, your family can enjoy worry-free water play and more fun in the sun with Huggies Little Swimmers Swimpants. The number one choice of moms, they feature easy-open sides, a unique absorbent material that won’t swell in water and your child’s favorite Finding Dory characters.  Huggies Little Swimmers Swimpants come in sizes S (16-26 lbs.) to L (33+ lbs.).

Huggies OverNites Diapers:

As your baby begins to sleep through the night, it’s a good idea to use a diaper designed for sleep. Huggies OverNites Diapers are 25 percent more absorbent, helping babies stay settled and soothed all night long. These diapers come in size 3-6 (16-35+ lbs.) and have up to 12 hours of leakage protection to help give your baby a sound night’s sleep.

So whether your baby is recently born, getting more active, swimming or sleeping, Huggies Diapers have your baby covered at all times.

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Help Baby Sleep Through the Night with the Right Diaper

When you are a new parent there’s nothing better than when your baby sleeps through the night. Not only do you get a good night’s sleep, so does baby! Everyone wakes up rested and ready to take on the day. Sleep helps you feel refreshed, and is as vital to helping your baby grow up healthy as good nutrition and physical exercise. 

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, babies 4-12 months need around 12-16 hours of sleep per day, including naps. Sleep helps the body relax and rejuvenate, both essential elements in your baby's mental and physical growth and health. 

Having the right nighttime diaper is also key to a baby’s good sleep since feeling wet and soggy can cause them to wake up. Huggies® OverNites is specifically designed for sounder sleep, helping keep your baby dry and comfortable with up to 12 hours of protection. Plus the SnugFit waistband makes sure the diaper stays in place all night long, even with lots of tossing and turning. 

Los Angeles dad Johnny Kien is thankful for the extra z’s. As both a father of a six-week-old son and a three-year-old toddler, Johnny and his wife depend on Huggies® to keep their children dry. "Using Huggies® OverNites helps us as parents get some extra sleep at night. A wet diaper has to be uncomfortable, but we have found the diapers absorb quickly and lasts through a couple of wet episodes so our son doesn't wake up from a wet diaper as often.” 

As a dad and an entrepreneur, he says, “I value my sleep…probably because I don't get much of it, so I look for simple ways to get the quality minutes. I can say 100%, Huggies® is our go-to for diapers as they give us that precious time “ 

Additionally, the American Academy of Pediatrics has found that adequate sleep duration on a regular basis leads to improved attention, behavior, learning, memory, emotional regulation, quality of life, and mental and physical health. Not getting enough sleep each night is associated with an increase in hypertension, obesity, and depression later in life.

Plus, children who get enough sleep awaken well-rested, attentive, cheerful and better able to learn.

For more answer to all of your top baby sleep questions, go here: https://www.huggies.com/en-us/mommyanswers/sleep-naps/your-top-baby-sleep-questions-answered

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Diaper Need in the U.S.

Statistics about Diaper Need in the United States and how Huggies is helping American families get diapers.

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Lets Do the Diaper Step by Step

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It's important to choose a safe place to change your little one. Even belted onto the changing table, they can squirm right off, so always keep a hand on your baby. We put a stim-mobile above the changing table to keep our little one occupied during changing time.

When I change my daughter, we have a changing pad and everything I need in an area on the carpet. That way, I don't have to worry about my acrobatic daughter landing on the ground.

Before you actually change (or put on) the diaper, it's wise to have everything that you'll need handy and in a safe place (out of baby's reach).

Checklist:

  • Clean diapers (a few, just in case a tab rips off or it gets dirty immediately)
  • Diaper wipes
  • Diaper disposal unit (diaper pail, Diaper Genie, trash can or bag)
  • Diaper cream (optional)

Personally, I don't use powder (even when it's hot) since most baby powders seem to get powder everywhere (and we don't want baby to breathe that) and have cornstarch in them. The cornstarch can act as food for many types of bacteria (like the ones that cause yeast infections). Powdering is, however, up to you!

Step by step

Here are my diapering tips, one step at a time.

  1. Make sure that your hands are clean.
  2. If you're changing baby in a store's changing station or even in the car, have a cloth down under the little one... just in case.
  3. Undo the pins/diaper cover (if you're using cloth diapers) or unfasten the tapes on the disposable diaper.
  4. Check and see the contents of the diaper. If it's especially messy, I like to have a few extra wipes (or a cloth) standing by.
  5. If there's a bowel movement, use the front of the diaper to pull the mess towards the baby's bottom. Then fold the front part over the back, keeping the bowel movement inside so that the baby's bottom rests on the outside of the front of the diaper.
  6. Next, cleanse the diaper area, taking care to clean all the folds and moving the mess towards the baby's bottom. (Always wipe girls front to back only to avoid UTIs and other infections.) If you're changing a baby boy, you'll want to protect yourself, and other onlookers, by keeping a diaper (or cloth) over the baby's penis. You never know when nature will call, and sometimes cooler outside air will trigger the need!
  7. With one hand, hold your baby gently near the ankles, and lift up the baby's legs to clean the baby's bottom. Again, making sure to keep a diaper covering the baby boy's penis.
  8. Apply ointment if necessary and check for redness (or chafing or the area where one of the diaper tabs may have rubbed and reddened the baby's skin).
  9. To put on a new diaper, lift the baby up so that you can slip that new diaper right under the baby's behind. This is easily accomplished by gently holding the baby by the ankles with one hand, and sliding the back of the diaper (for those of you using disposable diapers, the back of the diaper is the side with the tabs and no decoration).
  10.  Next, fasten the tabs to the decorated strip on the front of the disposable diaper. Remember not to make it too tight, and make sure that you position the tapes  so that they don't contact the baby's skin. If you're using cloth diapers, pin the corners together by using safety pins and placing your fingers between the diaper  and the baby to keep baby from getting poked.
  11.  Check and make sure that the diaper covers the baby's behind fully and isn't too tight on the legs or stomach area. Make sure the edges of the diaper haven't  been tucked under.
  12.  Dispose of the soiled diaper and wash your hands.
  13.  Now you're ready to get your little one dressed!

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Movin' On Up: Signs for Knowing When to Size Up on Diapers


By Lauren Hartmann, Disney Baby


Have you ever tried reading the size guidelines on the side of a box of diapers? If so, you've quickly realized just how tricky diaper sizing can be. Perhaps your baby's current diapers are every-so-slightly snug, but you're not quite sure if your little one is ready for the next size? Well, here are a few simple signs that will let you know when it's time to move up a size in diapers!

Signs for Knowing When to Size Up on Diapers:

1. Frequent leaks or blowouts

One of the most obvious signs of a too-small diaper is when your little one is constantly leaking through diapers or having "blow outs." While parents may sometimes jump to the conclusion that the problem lies with the brand of diaper they're using, but in reality a diaper that is too small won't be able to contain your little ones messes, no matter what brand it is. Try sizing up and see if that eliminates the problem.

2. Read the box

This may seem obvious, but if your child is approaching the upper limit of the diaper's weight range (i.e., you have a 16-pound baby in 12- to 18-pound size diapers) it may be time to consider a switch. The weight limits are based on average-sized babies, but not all babies are shaped the same. With some diaper sizes, my daughter had to move up well before the weight limit on the box, but with other sizes (like her current size 4 diapers) she's above the weight limit by a pound or two, and they still fit fine. Try different sizes, and see what works best for your child.

3. Red marks

If your baby has red marks along their thighs, that's a telltale sign that the diapers are too snug. The elastic around the leg should have some stretch, but if the diaper is too small, it won't fit properly and will create these red marks. This is definitely a time to move up a size in diapers.

4. Check the waist

If you're having difficulty connecting the diaper tabs at your baby's waist, that could be a sign that it's time to move up a size. A diaper should close easily without having to tug and pull at them. Also, consider the rise of the diaper. A properly fitting diaper should come just slightly below your little one's belly button. If it's fitting a little more like a low rise, it's time to move on up!


Read more from Lauren at The Little Things We Do and Babble's Toddler Times. And don't miss a post! Follow Lauren on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Google+.


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Tips for Making Sure Your Baby Has the Right Diaper

By Jeana Lee Tahnk


When my first baby came into the world, like most new parents, I was completely clueless about everything. I listened intently to the nurses after the birth, studied how they bathed my baby and left the hospital with whatever they put into that big plastic bag.

One of those items, of course, was that starter pack of diapers. Believe me, after changing 10 to 12 diapers a day, you get pretty comfortable after a week or so and you've logged about 100 changes.

I remember running out of that initial pack of diapers and standing in the aisle at my local pharmacy, gazing through a euphoric and sleep-deprived haze of all the diaper options out there. Wait, he's 8 pounds-do I go newborn or do I go size 1? And to add to the sizing confusion, I couldn't figure out why there were different types of diapers under the same brand. What were the differences? This was way before the age of the smartphone, when I could look things up in an instant.

For me, back in the day, it was through trial and error that I figured out what worked when it came to diaper sizing. And after three kids in diapers (one of whom is still in the diaper stage), I feel like I've become pretty well-versed in what works.

Here are my suggestions on how to find the right diaper:

Experimentation: There are lots of diaper styles out there. Get a few packs and see what works the best, what you like and what seems to make your baby the most comfortable.

Recommendation: Ask your friends what diapers they use. Why do they like them? I found that most of my friends ended up picking one brand and sticking with it.

Size of baby: Just like adults, no two babies are the same size. If your baby has super squishy legs or is more lean in the leg, you may want to consider sizing up or down accordingly.

Size of diaper: The weight recommendations are general guidelines, but again, based on fit and your baby's body, you might want to try different sizing. My baby doesn't quite meet the weight guidelines for the size diaper she wears, but I like that they're a little bigger on her and give her a little extra room.

Diaper features: Something I found very important, especially during those first few months when diaper changes were abundant, is having an elastic waistband. So many middle-of-the-night changes were spared from having a full head-to-toe clothing change because of that elastic band in the back.

Aside from your baby, your baby's diapers are something you become familiar with very quickly. You want to make sure that you find ones that you have faith in (no leaks!) and are comfortable with. And when you do, chances are you'll stick with them for years to come-or, at least until your little one is potty-trained.


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5 Tips for Diapering While You’re Out and About

There is so much preparation involved in taking your little one out of the house. Even a trip as simple as the grocery store requires thoughtful planning. As a parent, you always have to be prepared for the unexpected that could happen when you are away from home. One of those things that will most likely happen while you’re out is the need to change your little one’s diaper. Diapering can get tricky when you aren’t in the comfort of your own home, but it doesn’t have to be.

There are several things I’ve learned along the way while changing three children out and about. Check out my top five tips.

1. Use plastic bags to dispose of the dirty diaper

Wondering what to do with all of those plastic bags from the grocery store? Put them in your diaper bag to use for all of those dirty diapers. Once you are finished changing your little one, place it in the bag, tie it, and then look for a trash can to properly dispose of it. If you don’t have an accessible trash can, you can keep it with you until you do. By tying it securely, it helps to block the odor from escaping.

2. Find a good spot to change the diaper

Look for a restroom for a changing station. If there isn’t one around, I’ve gone to my car before to change the baby in the backseat. If that still isn’t an option, ask someone at your location where an appropriate place would be to change the diaper. I’ve also reclined the stroller seat all the way down to use as a diaper changing station.

3. Buy a portable changing pad

You always want a layer between the surface you are changing your baby and your little one. I always keep a portable changing pad in my car so that I have one on hand when I am on the go. Most diaper bags come with portable changing pads within the bag. If you happened to forget one while you are out with baby, I’ve used a blanket or even my nursing cover for my baby to lay down on.

4. Keep your diaper bag fully stocked

It’s a good idea to invest in a diaper bag that you love, like this Minnie Mouse diaper bag, because you will be using it every day when the baby comes. Every night before I go to bed, I check my diaper bag to see what needs to be restocked. It’s so nice knowing that when I get up in the morning and head out of the house, there is everything already in there and I don’t have to run around the house packing it. I always make sure to have plenty of Huggies diapers and wipes in my bag. Wipes can be used for so many other things other than wiping your baby and can even help you clean your hands once you are finished changing the diaper. I also pack my bag with antibacterial lotion to put on my hands after changing the diaper. Keep an extra set of clothes in the diaper bag for those unexpected moments. I also have diaper rash cream handy for those occasional times that my kids are a bit irritated on their bottom.

5. Get a wet bag

When you have a baby out and about there are so many unexpected moments that can happen. I carry a Bumkins wet bag with me at all times for dirty clothes, shoes, diapers, and more. It’s great waterproof protection that will keep anything that is wet or dirty clear from everything else that you have.

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The Diapers That Helped Us Get a Better Night’s Sleep

My children have always been sensitive sleepers. It always seemed like there was something going on disrupting their nights (and ours!). It’s been an exhausting three and a half years, to say the least.

Our 3-year-old has mostly outgrown sleep problems, though we do occasionally find him trying to sneak into our bed in the middle of the night. Our baby girl, however, has continued to test us.

For a while, she kept waking up in the middle of the night with pee-soaked sheets. We would have to change her diaper, pajamas, and sheets every night. Poor thing was not a happy camper at all.

We had never had this problem with our son, so I asked around for recommendations on a good nighttime diaper. Overwhelmingly my friends suggested Huggies OverNites. These diapers really hold up! When we started using them, Isabel’s sleep began to improve because she was no longer waking up in a puddle. She felt comfortable and dry. And it is SO nice not having to change sheets all the time.

We may still have a wake-up call from our baby girl at 2 a.m. for one reason or another, but at least it’s not because she’s peeing through her diaper!

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Hug the Mess, Diaper Duty!

Diaper duty! It’s a messy situation but somebody’s got to do it. We know it’s not the most enjoyable aspect of parenting, but it’s a necessary one, so why not make the most of it?

The secret to changing diapers quickly and neatly is to have all your supplies on hand. Then consider it a great time to bond with baby!

As a mom of 12, and grandma of 11, Varda Meyers Epstein, a parenting expert and blogger at Kars4Kids, still loves diaper duty. “For one thing, it makes the baby feel so good. They get to wiggle around and get air on those places after being in a diaper. For another thing their little legs and tushies are so cute. My son is always telling my granddaughter, 'Just wait until Grandma sees those pulkes (Yiddish for thighs). She’s gonna eat ‘em up.'

“Some of them are ticklish and it’s fun to nibble them and watch them laugh,” she says, explaining why she’s always a willing volunteer.

Make diaper changes fun for baby, parents say. Hang something interesting to view at least 12 inches above the changing table: a mobile, photo or poster that you can talk about with baby. Count the ducks in the picture or sing along to the mobile’s music. It’s also a great time to introduce the ABC’s and 1,2,3s.

Keep some toys around just for diaper changing and switch them frequently to keep baby occupied while you’re doing your work.

Brittany Arnold, inventor of Catchie Concepts, found a great way to keep her little ones occupied during diaper time. “I have three kiddos and each diaper time we would grab lotion and rub their feet and arms. They loved it,” she says. “It also helped stop those wiggly legs, allowing us to put on a diaper without a struggle.”

For this special time together, get creative. Many parents make up a song that’s only sung at changing time, or put their own spin on a classic.

“My husband made up an enthusiastic song that he'd sing staccato: 'Let's change your diaper -- whee! -- and everything will be o-kay. We'll get you a dry one, and it will be just fiiiine,'" says Tracy Cutchlow, of ZeroToFive.net. “Our baby would try to join in with the cutest little voice. Or she'd be crying and he'd say, ‘I know I always feel better with a clean diaper.’ He always made me laugh.”

Another creative dad, Sean Yokomizo of Daddingly is honest: “Changing diapers was the thing I dreaded most about the prospect of having kids. I mean, cleaning someone else’s poop? Imagine my surprise when I realized that I enjoyed diaper changing time as much as I enjoyed feeding or bath time. It’s one of those few, quiet moments when you’re together with your child and get to know her personality and she gets to know yours. It was a time when we could talk - or at least make noises to each other and play.”

He’d sing a song to the tune of Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer” with the words: “She’s a poopy baby, drives her daddy crazy with all the poopies in her pa-a-a-ants." And he even wrote a Shakespearean sonnet about diaper changing called “Poopy Pentameter.”

“The thing I liked most about diaper changing time was what I learned about myself as a new father,” says Yokomizo. “You know you’re in love when the things that you once used to dread are the things you enjoy the most."

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