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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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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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Expert Tips on Choosing the Perfect Diaper Bag

Take it from me, a mom of four: a diaper bag is perhaps the most used piece of gear you will use as a new mother. I brought mine to the hospital and used my diaper bags well past the time my babies were done with diapers to carry around toys, snacks, and sippy cups.

The experts at The Baby Cubby know how important it is to find just the right bag. They know that moms soon come to find that their diaper bag is their saving grace when their baby is hungry, has a dirty diaper, or just plain won’t stop crying. You will need a bag that is functional enough to do every job in the book – from carrying an extra change of clothes and juice boxes to your own cell phone and laptop – plus durable enough to withstand your soon-to-be toddler and her playground antics and stylish enough for you to want to carry it every day without feeling like a frump.

That’ s a lot to ask out of one bag. But never fear – this Baby Cubby guide helped me and will be your greatest resource in attempting to find the diaper bag of your dreams.

First to Consider: Functionality

Learn from my mistakes: if you end up with a non-functional bag you will be kicking yourself. You need a diaper bag that is going to support you through all of the temper tantrums, nights out, and day trips that you are about to take with your little one! So, what should you be looking for?

1. Mommy Space

Yes, it’s a diaper bag but it is not just for diapers – it is also for you! (Trust me, I once tried carrying around two bags so I keep my things separate from the baby’s – it didn’t last a week.) You are going to need space in this bag for not only diapers and wipes, but also for your wallet, keys, sunglasses, lip gloss, and other toiletries you may decide to take along with you. Consider bags like those in the Ju-Ju-Be line that have a dedicated “mommy pocket” just for you! I love bags with separate pockets like this so that I don’t need to worry about my expensive phone and sunglasses getting wet and sticky.

2. Space for the Babe

Now that we’ve covered the space you need, let’s turn to the type of space you will need for the baby. It’s very important that you are able to keep the space for the baby organized since you will need to reach for things quickly while holding a wiggly, sometimes cranky, baby. The most common items in a diaper bag for a newborn may include the following or more:

  • 3-4 diapers
  • Wipes
  • Rash cream
  • 1-2 bottles
  • Formula container or a nursing cover like Covered Goods
  • Baby food
  • A swaddle blanket
  • An extra outfit
  • A toy or two
  • Pacifiers
  • A hat (for cold or the sun)
  • A burp cloth (or 3)
  • A bib

Phew! That was a lot of stuff! With so many items floating around in your bag, you can see why it is important to not only have space for everything but also organized space for everything. Consider bags that have multiple pockets, even in unexpected places.

3. Growing Room

Unless you’re planning on having only one child, you will most likely need a bag that can handle both a toddler and a newborn. Take it from a mom of four, it’s worth the cost to invest in a larger and durable bag up-front. So take all of the items mentioned above and add in 2-3 larger diapers, a snack cup, a small water bottle, and a small toy.

Second to Consider: Style

More than ever before moms have lots of choices when it comes to the style of their diaper bags. You can get a bag that looks like a purse but functions like a diaper bag (not unlike those from MZ Wallace), or you can find stylish backpacks and messenger bags. The bottom line here is that you need to find a bag that speaks to your style as well as your need for function. Even if your bag is completely functional, if you don’t love it you won’t want to use it.

1. Color

There are two schools of thought here: get a bright and colorful bag that really shows off your personality, or get one that is made up of a more sophisticated color palette that will coordinate with every single outfit in your closet. There are pros and cons to both options, so your job is truly to find one that you (and your significant other) are happy to carry around! Look at your pre-baby purses. Did you tend to go trendy and unique or sophisticated and timeless? The same style sensibility can be applied to diaper bags.

2. Traditional Bag vs. Purse Hybrid

Nowadays most moms are opting for more purse-like (aka hybrid) diaper bags that allow us to retain as much of our pre-Mommy style as possible. However, traditional bags are much more likely to be carried by the spouses, which is a big consideration if your partner will be taking on a lot of baby-duty. Traditional bags can also offer a ton of functionality. So, what is the difference between a traditional diaper bag and a purse hybrid? A traditional diaper bag is one that was specifically created for its purpose – to be a diaper bag. You will find that more traditional bags tend to have extra pockets (gotta have that organization!), are larger, and look like what they are – a diaper bag – which is why the significant others love them – there is no mistaking them for a handbag. Purse hybrids, on the other hand, work hard to hide what they are. This covert attempt usually allows for fewer pockets and they may be smaller, but they do offer upgraded fabrics (like leather or vegan leather) and chic designs.

Third to Consider: Size & Weight

1. Size

Size and weight are quite possibly the most important aspects of a diaper bag but are also the most overlooked. You need a bag that is large enough for you to take everything you need for you and the baby, but not so big that as your baby grows and doesn’t need as much for every outing you’ll feel like you have a lot of wasted space. You also need to find one that will be the right weight for you with all of your baby gear in it.

In terms of sizing, you absolutely must consider bulk. Once stuffed, some bags are much bulkier than others. The size of the changing pad, the available space inside, and the ability to pack things side-to-side versus in front of each other are all factors that can affect the bulk of a bag.

You will also want to assess how large the bag is on its own without anything inside of it. If it is so big that it is getting in your way all by itself, then it will just be a nuisance once you actually have stuff in it! A special note: some companies, like Ju-Ju-Be, do make extra large diaper bags that are specifically for traveling with a baby. These bags are perfect for flights and trips as they give you all of the organization you expect from your diaper bag with all of the space of a travel bag. Thus, they will naturally be bulkier, but this will be a bag that you will use for a specific purpose, not as an everyday bag. That said, these are great bags for moms of multiples or moms with more than one young child. At one point I had three kids in diapers and I found myself using an extra large bag every day.

2. Weight

In terms of weight, consider that certain types of fabric are heavy all on their own. This means that when you add baby gear you may get an extra-heavy bag. Every woman is different though, and most of us will not carry a diaper bag for long periods of time – instead, opting to put it in our stroller’s storage basket. So, stuff that bag while you are at the store and carry it around for a while! Figure out if you will be comfortable carrying it for about 5-10 minutes at a time. If you are comfortable, then it is the right bag for you!

Fourth to Consider: Carry Options

When you become a mother for the first time you will find yourself wondering why you weren’t born an octopus with eight arms instead of a human with two arms. This is why you should think about how you are going to carry your diaper bag.

Diaper bags typically have 3 different carry options: shoulder straps (like a purse), messenger strap, and a backpack.

1. Shoulder Straps

Shoulder straps are great for a few reasons: you most likely are used to carrying bags with shoulder straps already, they are easy to grab, and they tend to hang down and out of the way when you’re not using them. Shoulder straps also tend to be made of a more durable material, as the company understands they will be rubbing up on your shoulder all day and don’t want them to wear out on you.

2. Messenger Strap

The messenger strap is kind of the catch-all strap. It can make any bag hands free and is easy to add on as a style option, but it also features some great functionality – allowing you the ability to wear the bag behind you and, with an easy pull, twist the bag around to your front for easy access to its contents. This is a great option when chasing your little one around at the playground. With a messenger strap, you are also still hands-free and ready to handle anything that your kiddos throw your way. Most bags that have messenger straps also have a secondary carry option with shoulder straps so that you have lots of choices.

3. Backpack

Some parents prefer a diaper bag that is a backpack. Why? Children do not tend to want to stick around mom and dad for very long during the day – the world is much too wide and much too fun to explore! So, they run away from you. Very fast. A backpack securely stays behind you with no chance of it falling off anywhere or getting in the way of your legs. Plus, since the weight is distributed evenly across your back you will not have any problems with leaning from one side to the other or having to switch it to the other side of your body. You can also easily pick your baby and carry her in front or on your hip with a backpack.

Fifth to Consider: Fabric Options

As you may know, fabric is an incredibly important part of your diaper bag. It needs to be durable, easy to clean, and, of course, gorgeous since you will be using it every day.

1. Glazed and Coated Fabric

Glazed and coated fabrics are specially treated fabrics that create waterproof barriers and extra durability. These type of treatments are most often used on lighter fabrics in order to strengthen them while still keeping the lightweight nature of the fabrics intact. Multiple companies utilize these fabric treatments to ensure the durability of their bags.

– Glazed Coated Canvas and Coated Canvas

This type of “fabric” is specific to the Petunia Pickle Bottom line. They use canvas fabric which is lightweight and then glaze or coat it to create a scratch resistant, waterproof, and extremely durable diaper bag. This type of structure allows for fun, versatile prints that never lose their color.

  • Extremely durable
  • Glazed coated canvas tends to be slightly heavier than the coated canvas
  • Wipe clean only

– Teflon Coated Nylon

Nylon with a Teflon coating is Ju-Ju-Be‘s signature fabric. This blend boasts the lightweight durability of nylon with the stain-fighting power of Teflon! Plus, these bags are machine washable. This means that if you do get some dirt (or other oddities, you never know with kids!) on your bag, that when you throw it in the wash it will come out looking like new.

  • Very durable
  • Lightweight
  • Holds its color well
  • Machine washable, air dry

– Bedford Nylon

Bedford Nylon is MZ Wallace‘s signature fabric developed to be just as durable as nylon but maintain the ability to pleat beautifully. A thicker, coated nylon helps MZ Wallace bags remain ultra light but ultra durable. They are also water and stain resistant for easy cleanup.

  • Durable
  • Lightweight
  • Stain and water resistant
  • Spot clean only

2. Nylon Fabric

Nylon fabric is extremely popular in the world of diaper bags. Lightweight and durable, dyed nylon will hold on to its color throughout the years as well as keep its shape. It can also be treated to add features and functions that will allow this bag to look like new for years to come.

– Nylon and Cotton Nylon Blend

Nylon and cotton nylon blended fabrics are fantastic because of how incredibly light they are! Nylon is also a very strong fabric in terms of being able to hold up well against a lot of wear and tear – which is why it is so popular for clothing as well! Nylon and cotton nylon blend bags are also very easy to clean, just hand wash only, please.

  • Durable
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to clean – depending on the brand some are machine washable and some are spot clean only.

– Teflon Coated Nylon

Bedford Nylon: See Glazed and Coated Fabric

3. Vegan Leather

Vegan leather is a fantastic alternative to more expensive, genuine leather bags. You can often achieve the same look of leather, depending on the quality. Little Unicorn‘s new Pomegranate and Black Rotundas, for instance, have the same leather texture you would expect from genuine leather. You do need to watch out for scratches with vegan leather bags as they can start peeling if not properly cared for. However, there are levels of vegan leather in terms of quality – a stiffer and thicker faux leather will hold up better than a lighter, thinner one.

  • Durable, if properly cared for and a high-quality vegan leather is chosen
  • Lighter than genuine leather
  • Wipe clean only

4. Genuine Leather

As with any genuine leather bag, you are going to get durability, wear, and fairly easy clean up. As leather is a heavier material, you do need to be prepared for your bag being on the heavy side. However, that is a small price to pay for a bag that will probably last you for 10-20 years to come (if not more) when properly cared for. Look for companies like Oemi who create their full-leather diaper bags with lightweight interiors and barrel dyed exteriors, which will keep you wanting to use them looking even more gorgeous over time!

  • Very durable
  • Wipe clean only
  • Wears beautifully
  • Can be on the heavy side

5. Cotton Canvas

Cotton canvas is a popular fabric for many bags from Petunia Pickle Bottom to JJ Cole to Little Unicorn because of it’s lightweight and easy-care material. Most bags made from cotton canvas material are spot clean or hand wash only, however since cotton is such a versatile fabric you may have more choices in terms of stain-fighting options. Most cotton bags are also paired with another type of material to increase their durability, like leather or vegan leather accents and protective feet on the bottom of the bag.

  • Spot clean only
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile printed fabrics

Men’s Diaper Bags

Today, more and more dads are taking over a good portion of child care (because they’re awesome!). This means that some dads may want a bag all their own! Perhaps they value different functions than you do, or they want one that they can take from work to play and back again. Or maybe they just want a bag that’s not too “girly” (it’s ok, we feel you). Never fear – there are companies that specifically cater to our handsome dads out there. To name a few:

  • Sons of Trade (A sub-company of Petunia Pickle Bottom)
  • Diaper Dude
  • Skip Hop

This guide applies to your man’s bag just as much as yours – so let him take some time to find the perfect bag for when he has your little one.

If you want even more guidance, check out this great printable checklist from The Baby Cubby so that you don’t overlook any important details when shopping for what likely be your most-used and longest-lasting piece of baby gear.

So, which bag did I choose? With four kids spanning ten years, I have a lot of experience with diaper bags. Searching for a new one, I had a good idea of what I wanted but found the Baby Cubby checklist very helpful in helping me organize my must-haves, wants, and don’t-needs.

I knew that I would get tired of a diaper bag that looked drab or looked too much like a diaper bag. I also knew that I would regret not getting a bag with enough pockets, that wasn’t easy to clean, or that wasn’t the right size no matter how cute the bag may be. After a lot of searching I decided to get the large MZ Wallace Abbey Tote because it has enough room for all of the kids’ stuff – plus mine – without looking like a suitcase. It has tons of pockets for me to keep organized, it allows me to keep sippy cups and snacks away from my phone, and it has easy-to-clean material on the inside and out. I also like that basic black goes with everything!

Although it is on the pricier side, I know from past experience that if I got a bag that wasn’t perfect and that I didn’t love, I would likely wind up buying a new one in a year or so and would wind up wasting money that way. This bag can also be used well after the diaper years, making it a bag with longevity.

On my wish list is the MZ Wallace Medium Tote in Poppy. This would be another good option that doesn’t scream “diaper bag” and is easy to clean. It would be a good option for going out with one or two kids and has a great, fun pop of color.

Whichever diaper bag you choose, make sure it’s one you love. Many new moms don’t realize that diaper bags are often used well beyond the diaper years and may get more use than your favorite handbag. Take your time choosing, consider everything from size to color to how you like to carry your bags, and try out a friend’s or stop in a store to look at bags in person, if possible.

And most of all, have fun making your decision!

How did you decide on your diaper bag?

This article was written by EverydayFamily from Everyday Family and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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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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Leaks. Rashes. Blowouts. Who Needs 'Em?

If you're not careful, there are lots of diaper mishaps that can happen. Luckily, with a little know-how, these common pitfalls can be avoided.

From birth to toddlerhood, your baby will spend most of her time wearing a diaper! So it makes perfect sense to pay attention to the finer points of diapers and diapering to make sure your little one is comfortable, protected and free to move about. Knowing the diaper basics will help you choose the right diaper and avoid diaper mishaps.

Choosing the right diaper

Shape and fit top the list when it comes to finding the right diaper for your baby. So we've got ideas to help you make sure you're giving your baby the snuggest, most comfy fit.

Start with the right size. Size can play a big role in finding the right fit. But how can you tell if your baby is wearing the right-sized diaper?

Leaks, red marks, gaps or a diaper that fits more like a "bikini" pant are all signs of an improper fit. Watch for these tell-tale signs and pay close attention to the weight chart on the package to help you choose the size that's best for your child's age and stage. If your baby is nearing the top of the weight range, it may be time to consider moving up a size for optimal diaper performance.

Then take some time to consider the shape of the diaper. It just makes sense that a diaper should be shaped more like your baby, not like a box. For instance, Huggies® Little Snugglers and Huggies® Little Movers® diapers have an hourglass shape that is contoured between the legs. It makes the diaper fit better and feel more natural and gives your baby that carefree comfort to move freely. Some moms say that a more natural-feeling diaper gives a baby the feeling of wearing her favorite thing-nothing at all!

"Our Abby is bursting with curiosity! If her diaper is bulky and boxy, I feel like I'm inhibiting her sense of wonder and discovery," explains Carrie. "We want a diaper that's shaped to fit her - not one of her blocks!"

Stretch can also play an important role in fit and leakage protection. That's why so many moms prefer a diaper that provides all-around stretch. That means stretchy side tabs, as well as a stretchy waistband in the back. It's this all-around stretchy combo that leads to a better fit and great leakage protection. Huggies® Snug & Dry Diapers have all-around stretch and unbeatable leakage protection.

Then consider what will be touching your baby's tender skin. Opt for soft and comfy materials, like Huggies® Little Snugglers. It's little details like these that offer added reassurance that your baby has a comfy secure feeling as she wears her diaper.

When you're looking for a diaper with a snug fit, consider these questions:

  • Do I have the right size for my baby?
  • Is the diaper shaped like my baby?
  • Does the diaper offer all-around stretch for a snug fit?
  • Is the material soft and comfy?

Avoiding Diaper Mishaps

If you've ever experienced a blowout or a leaky diaper, you know that it's something you want to try to avoid in the future. Your baby is uncomfortable and you can be mortified - clean-up on aisle 5!

When a blowout happens, your first thought may be to blame the diaper. But in reality, it might just be that you've bought the wrong-sized diaper for your baby. Size is one of the most common causes for a leak or blowout, followed by improper application (putting it on wrong), especially in those hurried instances.

"We started out thinking that it was a problem with the diaper. A leak here, another bigger one there. I was ready to switch diapers," explained Lisa, mother of 7-month-old Bethany. "But then someone at playgroup gave me the one tip I won't forget: size matters! Turns out it wasn't the diaper, she just was wearing the last of her size 3s. Once we moved up to size 4, leaks and diaper disasters were history."

Once you're sure about size, make sure you've put the diaper on in a way that will prevent leaks. If the diaper looks crooked or is riding up on your baby, it's probably not on right. After each change, you'll want to make sure you're covering all the right spots including the backside and hips. No coverage on these areas means leaks or an uncomfy baby. So check that the diaper is straight and symmetrical, front and back, side to side. Make sure the waistband is falling right at the waist - not too high in front or too low in back or vice versa.

Diaper rash happens - sometimes with even the most attentive diaper-changing schedule. And surprise! Despite its name, diaper rash isn't really caused by diapers. Irritant Diaper Dermatitis (the medical term for diaper rash) is caused by babies' skin being in contact with urine and stool. The acidity, frequency and consistency of the stool, as well as the pH of the urine, all play a role in the development of red, often painful areas on the skin.

Here are some helpful tips on how you can avoid diaper rash:

  • If your baby is prone to diaper rash, use hypo-allergenic/unscented baby wipes like Huggies® Simply Clean® Fragrance Free Wipes.
  • Let your baby "air dry" before putting the diaper back on.
  • Use cornstarch to help keep baby's bottom dryer. Note: Avoid baby powder or talc. It can cause a reaction with already-sore skin and can cause lung damage if inhaled.
  • Try a zinc oxide-based diaper cream. This helps prevent the irritants from coming in contact with the delicate skin.

And of course, be sure you change your baby's diapers at regular intervals so there's never prolonged exposure to a wet or soiled diaper.

You know the drill, but just as a reminder, some common change times include:

  • First thing every morning
  • After a nap
  • Before bedtime
  • After a bowel movement
  • It's a good idea to check your baby's diaper every two hours or so to see if it's time for a change.

And if your baby still develops diaper rash, talk to your baby's pediatrician. Some foods and medications can lead to diaper rash, so you'll want to inform her doctor of anything that might be contributing to her irritation.

If you're experiencing diaper mishaps like blowouts, leaks or rashes, consider these questions:

  • Do I have the right-sized diaper for my baby?
  • Does the diaper look symmetrical after I've changed her?
  • Am I changing the diaper as often as I should?
  • Do I need to add a zinc-oxide based diaper cream or ointment to our changing routine?

Your baby's diaper is a big part of her happy, healthy disposition. You KNOW this, by her reaction when it's clearly time for a change! Take some time to think about the basics now, so you can forget about diaper worries and focus on the big stuff as you learn and grow and play together with your little one.

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3 Alternatives to a Traditional Diaper Bag

When I was pregnant with my son I spent hours online researching the best baby products. I read through safety ratings for car seats and strollers, looked at pricing guides for baby monitors and breast pumps, and pinned endless pages of nursery decor. Before my son arrived we had almost everything we needed for him – his clothes were washed and folded, his crib was constructed and made up, and his car seat was strapped firmly into the back seat. The one item we didn’t have though was a diaper bag. I looked and looked for the right diaper bag before he was born but I never found one that met all of my requirements. It seemed that most diaper bags were either really ugly, really expensive, or really impractical.

After my boy was born, we used a hand-me-down bag from a friend for a little while before finally purchasing one of our own. Though it served its purpose, I still thought that it was expensive, unattractive, and didn’t quite hold everything we needed it to. As my son began to grow and need just a little bit less stuff every time we left the house, I realized that really, almost any sort of bag could work as a diaper bag. Since then, I’ve discovered several non-traditional ways to carry around what my son needs without bringing along a bulky diaper bag.

Use a Backpack

While some diaper bags may be cuter than backpacks, nothing compares to backpacks when it comes to functionality. Backpacks are easy to carry when you’re chasing your little one around the park or taking a long stroll at the zoo, and their many pockets make it easy to keep them neat and organized. They’re also easy to pass off from caregiver to caregiver without fear of anything falling out and tend to be easy to keep track of due to their size. As a bonus, they’re often big enough to keep your things in as well, so you won’t have to juggle multiple bags like you usually do when using a diaper bag.

Pack Your Purse.

Many women I know (myself included) have pretty large purses. Your purse might be full of your own things right now, but if you clean out anything that might be unnecessary and make a little room, there’s likely space for your toddler’s essentials. Though you won’t have room to pack for an overnight trip, most purses do have space for a one-piece change of clothes, 2-3 diapers, a travel pack of wipes, and a small snack. Save yourself from having to pack a whole bag for a quick trip to a restaurant by making room for a little baby gear inside your purse.

Try a Regular Tote Bag

Most diaper bags really aren’t that different than the large canvas totes you’d find at Target, but since they’re called a diaper bag they can cost quite a bit more. With pool and beach season on the way, many big-box and department stores have a wide selection of tote and beach bags available that just might make the perfect diaper bag. So, while most baby registries recommend you get a traditional diaper bag, don’t be afraid to look around and find something that might be cuter, cheaper and more functional.

What do you use as a diaper bag?

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Why I Don’t Mind Having Two Babies in Diapers

Diaper changing tends to be the most maligned part of parenting small children. The sooner they are out diapers, the better, most people seem to think.

But I have been more than happy to have two in diapers for the last six months (and with my first two, I had a four month overlap).

Here’s why I am happy to change two little bottoms for a while:

  1. Less chance of regression.
  2. Lots of toddlers seem to regress after a baby is born and their whole world is turned upside down. I’d rather wait and do it once.

  3. I’m great at changing diapers.
  4. Five years into parenting, I can change a diaper blindfolded! It’s no big deal to add a few extra to my daily changing tally.

  5. I like to be less sleep deprived when I do it.
  6. Waiting a few more months means I’m better rested and more patient with the inevitable accidents. And let’s be honest, potty training does require some patience.

  7. Diapers are so convenient!
  8. No rushing to a bathroom in the middle of a nursing session or when you’ve got a full grocery cart – I can wait until I’m ready to change a diaper without dealing with an accident. When I have a new baby, I’m all about convenience and this is an easy place to get it.

  9. An excuse to let my toddler be my baby a little longer.
  10. I’m in no hurry to make my babies grow up and if they want to wear a diaper a little longer? No problem!

  11. Older children are usually easier to train.
  12. I’d rather wait until they’re old enough to get the hang of it pretty fast and be able to manage the toilet with the help of a potty seat.

Don’t feel rushed about potty-training – you have plenty of time to do it and having two in diapers won’t make your life harder!

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Healthy Skin at Every Diaper Change

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Diaper Rash: Everything You Need to Know and Do to Prevent It and Cure It

When you are a new parent, you try your best to comfort your infant at every turn, anticipating his or her needs and keeping baby dry, fed and happy. But then one day you open a diaper to an unwelcome surprise – diaper rash – a red, angry, painful irritation on baby’s tender bottom, making your little one uncomfortable night and day.

Be assured, diaper rash is a common condition that usually clears up with some simple diapering routines. It most often develops when contact with urine and stools irritate baby’s sensitive skin. Thankfully, today’s bottom-friendly disposable diapers from Huggies wick away moisture to keep diaper rash at bay as much as possible.

But sometimes diaper rash happens. It’s common between ages 9-12 months, when baby is still primarily sitting and also eating solid foods, which may change bowel movements. Diaper rash can also be an allergic reaction to diaper wipes, laundry detergent, soap or other elements.

Nurses know how to make baby feel better, so Huggies has teamed up with the mother and baby experts at The Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) to share their expertise in infant skin care and offer the best ways to prevent and cure diaper rash.

Diapering tips to promote skin health:

You can help avoid rashes from developing and promote healing when a rash is present, at every diaper change with some simple tips:

  • Always wash your hands before and after every diaper change.
  • Change baby’s diaper as soon as it’s soiled; at least every 1-3 hours during the day and once during the night.
  • Gently wipe or pat baby’s bottom with warm water and a soft, clean cloth or skin-friendly wipe. Avoid rubbing baby’s skin during a diaper change.
  • Always wipe from front to back as you clean baby’s genital area.
  • Allow baby’s skin to air dry before re-diapering.
  • To prevent irritants from coming in contact with delicate skin, apply a thick layer of petroleum jelly if baby’s bottom appears slightly red. Once a rash has developed, apply zinc oxide-based cream with each change until the irritation is gone.
  • Avoid using baby or talcum powder, which can irritate baby’s skin and lungs.

Always follow the ABCDE’s of preventing diaper rash:

  • Air:
  • Allow baby’s skin to air dry for as long as possible between changes and regularly give baby some diaper-free time.

  • Barrier:
  • Zinc-oxide diaper cream and petroleum jelly provide a barrier between the diaper and urine or stool while your baby’s damaged skin heals. Use at every diaper change in infants who develop rashes frequently.

  • Cleanse:
  • Always wipe gently and pat when cleaning baby’s diaper area—never rub while cleansing baby’s skin. Irritant-free wipes may be more effective than warm water when cleaning stool.

  • Diaper:
  • Many experts no longer recommend cloth diapers, which expose baby’s skin to irritants, like urine and stool. Thanks to the protective advances in diapering technology, disposable diapers like Huggies Little Snugglers and Little Movers are recommended to help prevent diaper rash.

  • Education:
  • Notice when and how your baby experiences diaper rash so you will be aware of any patterns. If baby continues to develop diaper rash, talk to your baby’s pediatrician or nurse.

Just remember, diaper rash is seldom serious. With care, it usually clears within 3-4 days. If it doesn’t go away within 4-7 days, or gets worse, call your baby’s healthcare provider. Otherwise, baby – and parent -- should begin to feel better soon. Get more health and parenting advice from AWHONN nurses at Healthy Mom & Baby.

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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 M., 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 L., 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 G., 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 W., 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 C., 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 E., 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 P., mom of three, Jacksonville, Florida

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