Baby K says information here is top secret, shhh. Tips and tricks here will exponentially make diaper changing a whole different experience and the hassle a thing of the past.
Well, I kid….
If only there were such a thing in the unpredictable world of stuff a little baby passes out through their body. Hurhur.
Though what I will do in this post is share some little tips and things that I do, in hopes that these can help prepare you for the diapering world ahead. You will need all the preparation you can get but at the same time, don’t kick yourself once you down and dirty with diapering and find out that it’s a little trickier than what you were expecting.
The thing about the whole diapering experience is very much like having kids: It’s only when you settle down to change diapers that you actually learn.
Though fret not because being prepared and knowledgeable about diapering does help, to some extent so it is still a good idea to read up on what other moms (or dads) do.
Knowledge may not help you clean the little bottoms but it will give you a good idea of how it should best be done and when it should be done!
Of course some things go without a doubt but… if you need a chart like the one below to tell you how to check on your baby’s diaper then perhaps I would suggest you read a whole lot more on diapering before you start! Ha!
While sometimes it is a little tricky knowing when you should change, you will eventually develop the keen diaper-sixth-sense and become quite a guru at it. Though sometimes baby could help you along…
Someone got a little too excited? Hurhur!
But anyway, first and foremost, the very initial thing you need to get over when entering the realm of diaper changing is…
Don’t be Squeamish.
At the end of the day, it is your little being’s produce so… I don’t know about you but I was quite indifferent about it. Yes it doesn’t look good much less does it smell good but I never found it ‘disguisting’ – that’s a pretty harsh word. It is icky but it really isn’t that bad.
Especially for infants and fairly newborns, the poop and pee they produce may be odd in color and smell but I think it’s one of the cleanest they will ever produce in their entire life. After all, during that period all they are digesting would be milk be it yours or formula, I don’t see how gross that can be.
Being squeamish also doesn’t help things and doesn’t change your diapers any quicker so the sooner you get over the poop-phobia, the better!
Maybe a humorous diagram of what to expect, pee aside, would help you look at this a little more light-heartedly!
While Pampers Baby Dry doesn’t absorb solid or part-solid material either (the day someone invents a poop-absorbing diaper… wow), they do a pretty good job of soaking up pee and masking it well with the colored portion.
What’s more it doesn’t even look damp, soaked or icky so it would most likely make your usual diaper changes a lot more pleasant if you happen to be slightly squeamish but trying means and ways to fight it.
Remember this pic about a used diaper I posted awhile ago? I know it’s icky posting a shot of a used diaper but here’s me showing you that it really isn’t that bad to look at.
Keep Essentials Close By
This has probably been said again and again and at least for this tip, I think it’s actually quite useful to know and remember.
When you have a wailing baby (worst if the baby knows how to flip or omgosh, walk) with a bum that needs to be wiped down, the last thing you want is to realize that your wet wipes are across the room, your nappy cream is in the bedroom and the diapers are somewhere else.
It’s important to set up a little diaper changing area just to house all these important pieces so you can get to work quick and put on a fresh new diaper for baby.
If you do not have the means of space to set up a dedicated diaper area, you can always improvise and use changing mats on your bed while housing everything in baskets you can quickly and easily move from place to place. Just remember to bring it along with you or keep it close by!
Water Works Best
While wet wipes are handy and quick to use, these do contain trace amounts of cleaning chemicals and agents. No matter how mild they claim to be, they will still be fairly drying and stripping on your baby’s sensitive skin.
While you can make up for it by moisturizing with an ointment, why even expose your baby to these chemicals when sometimes something as simple and readily available as water works best.
Since baby was an infant, we often try to use cotton pads soaked with warm water to clean her little bottoms. It’s only in fairly urgent situations or once in awhile that we whip out the wet wipes.
Though these days, as she is older and her skin not as delicate as before, we do use wipes for the ease but we still try to wash / wipe her with water as much as we can given that she has fairly sensitive skin.
Wiping Down. Literally.
Another tip that is constantly mentioned would be to always wipe baby in a downward motion, never upwards towards the genitals. This method of wiping front to back is especially important for baby girls to help prevent any unwanted infections. For baby boys, always be thorough about wiping under folds of skin and around, leaving time for it to dry before diaper-ing them up.
The Back Up Plan
Changing diapers isn’t always a walk in the park.
You may get lucky sessions whereby you escape scot-free but other times, and this happens quite a fair bit especially in younger infants, you get a nice little poop or pee shower while changing the ammunition.
Yes not very pleasant.
Though frankly speaking if it gets on you, it’s not the end of the world but if you happen to be changing baby on a surface that is absorbant (basically not changing mat material), then… well the hassle involved is quite something.
So through experience we have learnt that the best way to combat this is to be super prepared to begin with by laying a new and clean diaper behind baby before removing the soaked one.
This way if you are in the midst of cleaning / cream-applying and baby does a 1 or 2 you can quickly (depending on your reflex now) swoop the diaper clo
se and prevent or lessen the ‘spillage’ involved.
Often times this has helped saved us quite a bit!
Or else there is always the changing mat but that has proven to save your furniture / surface but not quite yourself, nor whatever your baby has on.
Use the Right Diaper – Use Pampers Baby Dry
While this seems like a vague statement, it is important to know which diaper works best for your baby be it fit, comfort or even the way the diaper functions.
The right diaper for your baby should fit snug and comfortably around the waist and also around the thighs but yet not too tight that it causes marks on their skin. For this Pampers Baby Dry has deviced a way to fit the baby well in the most comfortable of means to prevent any unwanted leakage.
Baby can be stretching, crawling, squating and doing all sorts of odd baby stances and you know they’ll be comfy regardless (and your bed / sofa will be safe)!
The diaper material both inside and outside should also be soft and smooth, nothing that will rub against and irritate baby’s skin. The material used on Pampers Baby Dry is soft and almost cloth-like, smooth to the touch and flexible.
There is really no way to show smoothness on here but… here’s baby deciding it’s soft and smooth enough for her to put it (a clean one btw) against her face.
Also, did you know that some diapers (or rather most) are actually scented with perfume? This could sometimes irritate the skin of some babies, especially for those with sensitive skin.
Pampers Baby Dry does use a diaper fragrance as well but their diaper perfume ingredients have been thoroughly assessed and tested for safety, especially so to rule out skin irritation. It has been proven to be non-allergen, non-irritating and will not cause any cases of diaper rash.
So the next time if any other X Brand diapers cause irritation to your baby, perhaps it is more than the material and it could be the diaper fragrance.
Last but not least the right diaper should just feel right and feel easy to use!
Pampers Baby Dry has greatly improved our diaper changing experience with how soft, flexible and also stretchable some parts of the diapers are. I find myself often reaching for Pampers Baby Dry in a quick situation because I know it is a lot easier to get on baby rather than having to struggle with her to fasten it down.
Strangely enough, perhaps baby knows Pampers is easier to wear or more comfortable on, she doesn’t seem to struggle as much when we wear this on her.
A Pleasant Disposal
Well after all that information about how to wear diapers, did you know that how you dispose of diapers are pretty important too.
It’s bad enough that without seeing them you can often smell them so investing in a trashbin with a lid (these are pretty commonly available) is most ideal unless you want to do the hassle of dumping every diaper into the rubbish chute. That would be so inconvenient if you stay on a landed property or the new places with a common rubbish chute.
Aside from masking the smell, one way to help make the bin look a lot more pleasant (and tone down the scent a little) is to properly wrap the diaper up before you dispose of it.
It is a quick step to do and often times it makes managing used diapers a lot more pleasant.
Wrapping this up (hurhur, see what I did there), as I had mentioned, tips and tricks can only prepare you so much for the messy journey ahead but I guess a little bit of an idea is better than none!
Though the realm of diaper changing, like having kids, can only truly be felt when you experience it for yourself but fret not because if you are equipped with the right diaper, you will find that it plays a perfect supporting role and allows you to focus your attention on your child instead of fretting about other issues!
A great diaper would make diaper changing sessions a breeze, shoo away any uncomfortable nappy rash episode and importantly comfortably on! It will be part and parcel of life but never adding to the burdens and problems of life! If you ask me, while I can’t say I love changing diapers I certainly don’t find them to be a chore anymore.
After all, given how frequent these little ones go, you will have plenty of time to get acquainted with the process ;)
Moms out there, if you have some special little tips and tricks you do during diaper changing moments, do share!
It is always fun to share mom tips and discover ways around small little problems that are a teeny tiny bump in your otherwise pretty smooth (though incredibly windy) path of parenthood.
Diapering is a tricky enough adventure for a new parent, let Pampers iron out that road for you so you can spend time working out other kinks in your kiddo’s childhood – such as why No means Yes to them and Yes means Boring. Tsk!
Thanks for reading!
As always, thank you to Pampers Singapore and OMY for this opportunity. Don’t forget to pop by Pampers’ Everyday Me site for more diapering info!