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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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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?

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

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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

Healthy Skin at every diaper change infographic
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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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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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Stock Up and Stash: Be Ready for Diaper Changes Wherever You Are

By Jeana Lee Tahnk

There are lots of things you need when you have a baby, but really only a few essentials. You need food, clothes and diapers. Lots of diapers. For people who haven't experienced life with a newborn before, it's hard to imagine a baby would need diaper changes 10 to 12 times a day, but it's true, and I have the diaper logs to prove it.

With baby No. 3, it had been a few years since I changed diapers (and kept the aforementioned diaper logs which tallies how many diapers baby goes through each day), but it all came flooding back when I was faced with that little rear end. Like my two others, she was pretty consistent with the 10 to 12 changes a day, and the one thing I had forgotten before she came along is how quickly you go through supplies.

I order my diapers and wipes in bulk online. The minute each order comes in, I place rations in strategic locations all over the house: in my bedroom, in the nursery, in the living room - basically, any place where a diaper change could happen.

I don't stop there, either. I have diapers and wipes in my diaper bag, of course. I also have them in my car, in my husband's car and in the stroller basket. And once, before one particular airplane trip, I even had my kids throw extras into their backpacks.

It may sound excessive, but trust me, if you've ever been without a diaper when you needed one, you realize how desperate that need is. I never leave the house with fewer than three diapers because you just never know how many you'll need. Even if your baby just went and you're confident that you're in the clear, it's always a good idea to pack an extra few.

Also important is to make sure you have a surface to change the baby, no matter where the diaper change takes place. There have been many times when I've had to do diaper changes on soccer fields, in the back of my car and even on a wide window sill at a restaurant bathroom (shouldn't those diaper changing stations be required?), and don't know what I would have done without the portable changing mat that came with my diaper bag.

Diapers and wipes are a mandatory part of life with a baby. Be sure to stock up on these essentials and you'll breeze through each diaper change like a seasoned pro.

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