Tips For Changing A Baby’s Diaper

Tips For Changing A Baby’s Diaper

I don’t know about other guys that are reading this, but the first time I changed a diaper, it was a disaster. My wife was sick and asleep late at night and our newborn baby girl finally let out that cry I had been dreading. He was poopy.

I had never changed a diaper before. I’d watched my wife and her mother do it, but I just handed them what they needed: new diaper, baby wipes, Desitin, baby powder, etc.

It started off simple enough. I pulled the diaper off and the smell was horrible, but I could deal with it. What I had a hard time dealing with was the fact that he instantly started to pee… all over me. I was soaked.

The Wipes

Nobody told me anything about the baby wipe warmer being as important as it is. As it turns out, babies don’t like it when you take a cold, wet cloth to their butt, even if you are using it to clean poop off of them. I learned this the hard way with the first change I did by myself. Our baby was a winter baby, so having the warmer on hand just made things more comfortable.

Unscented wipes are the only way to go. Scented stuff is a no-no, guys; it can irritate the skin or worse, cause an allergic reaction. The more natural the wipes, the better.

The Diaper Cream

One of the biggest contributors to diaper rash is just not keeping your baby changed enough. But, if you’re in a situation where you can’t change them for a while (if you’re prepared, this shouldn’t happen), having a great diaper rash cream around is an absolute necessity. Mustela 123 Diaper Rash Cream and Boudreaux’s Butt Paste are the best I know of.

The Baby Powder

Baby powder is tricky. We’ve used it for so many generations, lots of parents can’t imagine having a baby in the house without it. The truth is, though, you shouldn’t use it very often and when you do, be careful with it.

The problem with baby powder is that because it has so many fine particulates, it can easily get into a baby’s lungs. Babies that are at risk for respiratory illness of any kind shouldn’t have baby powder used on them.

If you do use baby powder, be careful to get as little of it into the air as possible. Don’t use scented baby powders, either; the scents don’t make it healthier to inhale.

Talc-based powders are beginning to be linked to cancers, so use cornstarch powders instead in most cases. If your baby has a skin yeast infection, use talc, because the yeast will feed on the cornstarch.

The Changing Table/Pad

Changing tables are great if you have the space to be able to use one and if you prefer to go and change your baby in private, away from friends and family members. There are a lot of nice changing tables available and they’re not that expensive. We have a list of them on another post here.

Changing pads are cheaper and are easy to carry with you so you can change your baby on the go. It makes it much easier to change the baby in the car while you’re on the road or if you’re at someone else’s house.

The Event

Changing the diaper in theory sounds easy, but you have to remember that you’re messing around with something that has their own feelings and expectations. Babies generally don’t enjoy diaper changes that much, because they really don’t understand what they’re for until they’re older. All they know is that they’re being made to be still and, to them, being violated. After all, who wants a cold, wet wipe drug across their rear end multiple times, especially if the room is cold?

The best thing that you can do for a diaper change is to make it quick. They don’t like it, you don’t like it, and the quicker you can get it done effectively, the happier everybody will be.

If your baby is fussy and upset, try letting them have a toy that they’re only allowed to have during diaper changes to keep them amused. If that doesn’t work, see if you can keep them distracted while you’re doing the change. If someone else is there with you, don’t be afraid to enlist their help!


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