Diapering can be turned from a crappy situation into a cute fun addiction if you spend it talking, laughing and tickiling your baby!

Before you begin, gather a few supplies:

  • a diaper.
  • a bowl of warm water and cotton balls.
  • washcloth or diaper wipes.
  • diaper cream (to prevent and treat rashes).
  • a changing pad or dry towel to place under your baby.

Make sure all your supplies are within reach because now is diapering time!

A father changing his baby's diaper.

Diapering:
If you don’t wash the diaper area after removing the diaper, use a wet washcloth or baby wipes to gently wipe your baby from the front to the back, especially if she’s a girl (you could spread the bacteria that can cause urinary tract infections by ignoring this step.).
For boys, keep a clean cloth over the penis while diapering because exposure to air often causes boys to urinate, on you, the walls, everywhere.

A picture of a man awkwardly holding a baby
A collage of a baby's expression before and after pooping.

Tips to Consider while diapering a baby:

  • Wash your hands before and after diapering.
  • Never leave your baby unsupervised and always Keep one hand on him.
  • Newborns often need their diapers changed from 10 to 15 times a day!
  • Put your baby on a flat and safe surface.
  • A newborn might surprise you and roll over, so keep pins, sharp tools, cream, etc. out of reach.
  • Don’t bother and wake your baby up while changing his diaper.

Diapering a baby happen in the most sensitive part of the body; therefore, some comlications might occur as diaper rash, continue reading to know more!

 

Diaper Rash: is a painful redness in the diaper area.

Rashes can be caused by:

  • Annoyance caused by urine or stool on the skin.
  • Allergic reaction to soaps, or oils that touch the skin.
  • Yeast infection spread from the mouth or stool.

Tips to treat and avoid diaper rashes:

  • Keep the skin dry and change the diaper as soon as it gets wet.
  • Don’t use creams or soap.
  • Expose the rash’s area to air for 10 to 15 minutes, three or four times a day.
  • Consider switching to cloth diapers if the rash is getting worse.

If the rash lasted more than five days after following the above suggestions, refer to your doctor.

~ Safaa Bou Hadeer

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