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6 Simple Things That Helped Our Baby Start Sleeping Longer

Getting babies to sleep can definitely be a bit of a challenge. As I first-time mom, I spent days upon days of my life fretting over how to make sleep happen and worrying about why it wasn’t happening soon enough. With my second baby, I have learned to go with the flow a bit more. I am thankful to have had some perspective this time around, so that when I had those moments of feeling like the sleepless nights were never going to end, I knew that it wasn’t actually true.

But while I’ve realized that babies do start sleeping more eventually, but I’ve also realized that sometimes they need a little bit of help in getting there. Everyone has their own approach when it comes to babies and sleep, but sleep training techniques aside, we found a few things that helped our little one begin to sleep.

1. Moving to his own room

For a long while, I thought that room sharing was the best option for us to get extra sleep. Since our baby was waking 4-6 times each night to nurse for a good long while, it made sense. Around the time he was 6 months old though, I began realizing that this might have been more out of habit than actual hunger. We moved him to his own room and he ended up sleeping much more soundly – maybe because our noises weren’t waking him anymore!

2. Blackout shades

I cannot say enough good things about having a blackout shade. With the sun staying out longer each evening and rising earlier each morning, our baby had taken to waking with the sun and taking awhile to fall asleep as well. A blackout shade has helped remedy the problem, and we’re getting 1.5 to 2 more hours of sleep each night now — not to mention the fact that nap times are so much easier as well!

3. White noise

I procrastinated using white noise for our baby for quite some time, since he seemed to be able to fall asleep just fine without it. It had become something our older daughter was dependent on until she was nearly three, so I was hoping to keep our sleep routine more minimal this time around. The problem is though, little noises would often wake him and with an older sibling around, sleep disruptions from loud noises occur pretty often. We added white noise to the mix and the sleep has been a lot better ever since.

4. Using a wearable blanket

We had never used a wearable blanket for my daughter, so I didn’t really think to use one for my son, but someone gifted us one and it was brilliant! Not only does it keep our boy cozy and warm, but the mere sight of it serves as a sleep association. He’s so used to it as part of our nightly routine that he starts nodding off almost as soon as I put it on him! This Dumbo one from Disney Baby is a really cute option.

5. Daddy going in to comfort instead of Mommy

Because I nurse, I had always been the one to go in to soothe our little man in the middle of the night. In the past couple of months though, we made the switch so that my husband is now the one to go in and soothe him during middle-of-the-night wake-ups. After a week or so, he was hardly waking up in the night anymore, because he knew that it wasn’t time for a midnight snack. He still wakes up sad occasionally and a quick snuggle from Daddy seems to do the trick quite nicely.

6. Huggies Overnites

Changing diapers in the middle of the night is a bit of a pain and ever since our boy started eating solids and drinking water in earnest, the diaper changes have been a lot more frequent. Switching to Huggies Overnite diapers made a world of difference. I swore by them with my daughter, and I still think they’re the bee’s knees. No more early morning wake ups just for a diaper change!

Helping your little one find more sleep makes a world of difference on everyone’s outlook. Well-rested parents and babies are happy parents and babies! It may take a bit, but with time and a bit of trial and error you’ll find that sleep together.

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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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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

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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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11 Moms Share Their Funniest Diaper Changing Stories

When I found out I was expecting a boy, one thing many people told me was to always be careful when changing his diaper. Their advice was to always have a wipe or washcloth on hand to cover him up while changing his diaper just in case he decides to go in the middle of the change.

Having two girls and feeling very well versed in the diaper changing arena, I figured I had this thing down and I didn’t need anything to cover him up. I could change a diaper in seconds, so why waste a washcloth or wipe for that?

A couple of weeks after taking our son home, I was getting good at the diaper changing thing. I didn’t use anything to cover him, just always had the goal in mind to do it as quickly as possible to avoid an accident. Well apparently, I didn’t need to get too confident in my skills, because it didn’t take long before we had our first mishap.

He was only a few months old and I was in the middle of changing his diaper. I must have done it a bit too soon, because as soon as I pulled off that diaper, I had a nice wet mark all over my shirt. It was then that I officially welcomed myself to the “moms of boys” club.

If you can relate to that, check out the funny stories from fellow moms who had diaper changing mishaps!

Little Girl, Big Diaper

“One morning I changed my infant twin daughter’s diaper only to find out that I put her brother’s size 5 diaper on her in the middle of the night.” – Tracy M.

Midnight Mix-Up

“[My] husband used a swim diaper instead of an overnight diaper! You can imagine the situation in the morning.” – Jennifer B.

If There’s One Thing You Can Always Count On, It’s Poop

“Towards the tail end of the diaper days, we would go without a change of diaper for quick trips out of the house, because a little pee for 15-20 mins is no big deal. Without fail, every single time, she would have to poop. And without fail, even though we’d make it to a potty, I would have to chuck the diaper and she’d have to finish the trip without a diaper.” – Kitty H.

Make It Stop!

“Our funniest moment happened with our now 6-year-old daughter. She was just a few weeks old when I was changing her diaper on the couch, with my husband complaining at me to not change her there in case she peed. Just after I took the wet diaper off and reached for a wipe, she shot poop out at me like a rocket. My husband quickly scooped her up off the couch, and while he had one hand behind her head/neck and one under her butt, she began peeing. All we could do was laugh as I was wiping the couch off, and there was also now a puddle of pee in his hand and on the floor. It was hilarious. In my defense she didn’t pee on the couch.” – Jennifer W.

Excess Baggage

“I think our funniest diaper changing moment was when my husband forgot to change my toddler into a swim diaper before putting on her swimsuit! Now if you haven’t ever seen what happens to a regular diaper in the pool, it’s ridiculous! I asked him what was going on down there as her bum was dragging and about 5 times the size! Baby had back, lol! What a mess! We were fishing that gel stuff out of the pool for days!!!!” – Brandy F.

Aiming High

“I was a tad late at popping the diaper on my daughter when she was 3 months. ‘Hey Hun! Girls can pee just as high as boys; our daughter’s already breaking glass ceilings!” I was soaked.” – Beth V.

Code Yellow!

“With me second son, I decided I wanted to try cloth rather than 3,556 disposable diapers. I bought several (9) and all the inserts as well as the flushable liners. The first day trying them Cash was 6 weeks old, I went to my husband’s family’s shop to take my husband lunch and talk with my in-laws. Mid-conversation with my mother-in-law, we hear a splat! Looking around, we could not figure it out until my toddler yelled, “Mom, Mom! Poo-poo Cash!” I looked down and sure enough, he somehow missed the diaper, his leg, his shorts and my feet with a days worth of yellow infant mess. Needless to say we are selling the cloth diapers. I’ll deal with the 3,556 disposable as long as they keep the poop where it belongs!” – Kari Ann D.

Size Swap

“Shortly after my #2 was born, my husband’s office threw us a small shower. We dropped #1 off with Grandma before hand. At the shower, we had a blowout diaper. That’s when we discovered we left the wrong diaper bag with Grandma, so our nearly 3-year-old had size 1 diapers, and we had size 3 diapers. Duct tape worked really well, and we just won’t tell Chris that he wore big sister’s T-shirt as a dress.” – Heather T.

Improv

“Paper towels and Saran Wrap after an explosion and realized we were out of diapers.” – Carrera H.

Oops, Forgot Something

“Our funniest incident was a couple weeks after bringing our first born home. It was my husband’s night to give a bath, he did so, brought Addison downstairs to me for her final eating before going to bed, when all of a sudden I feel this warm liquid on my stomach! Needless to say, my husband FORGOT the diaper!” – Nicole M.

That’s What Brothers Are For

“The first morning after we brought our second son home from the hospital my husband was changing his diaper while I was sitting in the recliner. My 4-year-old had to be right on top of the changing table watching everything, in awe of his new brother. He was standing at the end of the changing table by his feet, when all of a sudden I see a huge stream of pee-pee shooting up over the changing table and landing right on his head! He even looked up for a second! He just froze arms out dripping, looking terrified. His entire outlook on brotherhood changed that day!” – Stefani W.

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