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!”
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