My Pampers Journey #4 – Cheat sheet in the World of Diapers

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!

My Pampers Journey #3 – Quality Playtime, All-day, All the time!

Wow, alright, so… Playtime, where do I even begin!

If anything, hubs and I always joke that baby seems built for playtime because she is so active, crazy fast and agile, cheeky and mischevious and to top it all off, she doesn’t require much ‘charging time’ as well.

What I mean by that is she has mastered the art of fighting off sleep even with drowsy eyes while she continues to run around, throw cheeky glances and when she does nap, it’s over as soon as it begans and what you get is another few hours of a little dynamite about the house.

Okay maybe I kid. She does nap but it certainly isn’t the whole solid block of hours that I know some other babies do. If Baby K naps for an hour straight without disturbances inbetween, that’s considered a pretty good day!

Check out her cheeky little expression while she was down with mild Roseola. Even sickness can’t get to her!

The ‘woes’ of having an active baby is… well, the whole active portion.

Don’t get me wrong, I fully understand how many will be quick to say that having an inquisitive and active baby is nothing to be sad about. It is true, I do love that Baby K is such a curious soul, so active, so cheeky, so mischevious and so playful but of course all that does eventually take a toll on us.

For some reason, these little beings are able to pack so much energy and so much stamina in their tiny bodies, I have no idea how!

Even though their legs are way shorter than ours, they ran that much quicker. Even though their hands are smaller and shorter than ours, they reach for and swipe things so much faster and even though their muscles are miniscule compared to ours, they are so incredibly strong!

Then again, it isn’t as if we weren’t foretold that Baby K would grow up to be so energetic and mischevious with the desire to have Playtime anytime, all the time!

When she was a wee little baby, and babies are suppose to be quite chill with their lack of motor skills and all, she was already kicking and trashing all over the place! Her favorite activity, and frankly the only one because that is all her motor skills allowed at that point, was to kick swiftly with zest!

We call it 無影腳 (direct translation – no shadow leg).

It really is a martial arts move meaning to kick so rapidly and quickly you can’t even see the leg move, much less the shadow. I believe that is…

So anyway, I digress from Playtime but I’m sure with all that you should know by now that with an extremely active baby like Baby K, our household is no stranger to playtime. In fact, we make any and every time a playtime… Or rather, she makes it her own playtime.

At times, it is even playtime as she showers because she will designate which bath buddy she wants to bring along with her and play with them in her tub.

Other times we let her enjoy a bubble bath (using LUSH Bubble Bars, very natural and safe) which she loves. Bubbles are totally her thing.

Playtime isn’t just Fun time

While playtime may feel quite ‘trivial’ with some parents thinking they have so much more important things to do rather than play with their baby, it is important to know that playtime isn’t just about play.

Playtime is an important time where you interact with your little one in an active manner be it through building their motor skills, teaching them about objects, a new game that would require a level of understanding etc.

There is so much more than just playing in Playtime and it is an essential period of learning for the little babies.

It may feel small and trivial to you but learning how to catch a ball, pick up the right object, mimic what you are doing, etc are all key developmental factors to your baby be it mentally or enhancing their motor skills.

Baby K has this peculiar attraction to bags and this strange interest of putting things in bags, particularly so for this playmobil briefcase toy.

The pieces are quite small so we do watch her as she plays but it helps to train her fingers to be more nimble in agile-ly putting these pieces in the briefcase and closing it up without spilling the contents.

She loves this so much she does it almost every single day, no joke.

Be Adventurous, Try New Experiences

While this may prove a little tricky for the younger babies, once your child is able to properly comprehend their surroundings, look around and actually pick out and point at stuff, it is a good cue to bring them to new arenas. Or rather new environment to expose them to different things.

Playing at home is easy and convenient on a rainy day or on days everyone is a little too busy to head out but as much as possible, it is important to bring baby around and show them the world.

If you have a whiny and fidgety baby, you may find that bringing them out is easier than you would have imagined. At least that’s what we discovered with Baby K who is typically quite whiny, fidgety and vocal at home. The minute we bring her out she will gaze curiously at everything around and fall silent.

Ahh, the wonders of the outdoors!

Playgrounds are Gems!

While some parents may be a little reserved about neighborhood playgrounds because, yes it is true that all kids play here so there could be bacteria etc… Well, thing is where else can these little kiddos play?

We had the same apprehensive mentality about playgrounds as well but eventually decided to shrug that off and let baby waddle into the world of playgrounds, which she thoroughly enjoys.

From being overly cautious about every surface she touches to just letting her explore with her hands and feet, on her hands and feet. We just make sure to fully wipe her down and clean her up
o
nce she’s done roaming the grounds and having fun to her hearts content.

The thing about the playground (a bit of a pro and con) is that there are usually other kids around too. I think the early exposure to the existence of other babies (along with her own outgoing nature) has seemed to make Baby K quite a social butterfly. She easily goes up to older kids and smiles at them, waves at them and sometimes, perhaps they are too smittened by her cheeky grin, they lend her their toys!

That’s quite a big thing for kids to do given a lot of them aren’t really into ‘sharing’ at their tender age. So I think while playgrounds are all about climbing and sliding about, there’s some social skills to pick up from there too!

Swim-time!

Some babies love this, some hate this, it really depends.

For our case, Baby K has always been a bit of a water baby. She loves having baths in her tub since she was an infant and would get caught up with kicking / splashing water about. Hence when she was 8 months of age, we decided to bring her to a pool and have her splash in a much bigger tub!

Turns out she had the time of her life there and we have since made swimming a fairly regular activity.

Be a Playful Parent!

Hubs will probably kill me for disclosing this but in some ways, hubs is very much like a big child. Of course I mean this endearingly and only in the aspect of him being a fairly playful person.

As adults, sometimes we grow into adulthood and loose the ‘playfulness’ of a child but thankfully for me, Hubs never lost that.

To be truthful I used to think it was a little childish (endearing yes, but childish because I never played along, hurhur) but now with baby looking for a play-mate the two of them go together so perfectly.

It’s quite hilarious because the two of them seemed to have formed this love/annoyance situation whereby baby likes to annoy hubs and hubs likes to annoy baby yet at the end of the day when they want to have some playful fun they know they can always turn to each other.

Don’t Forget – Stay Hydrated

Thankfully for us (though not really either, depending how you see it), Baby K has this obsession with drinking water. I’m not too sure if it is a norm for toddlers to love loadin’ up on their H2O this much but the minute Baby K sees her water bottle, there’s no way you’re getting that back until it’s empty.

Though sometimes we do try and stop her from sipping too much less she bloats her little belly.

Some water is good, not too much that it takes away space from mealtimes, so we let baby have a sip or two be it if she is out running about or simply running around the house with her toys. It’s good to instill the habit of having a sip every now and then especially so when you are doing ‘strenuous’ activities.

Hopefully she will be able to remember this and continue her water intake as she gets older!

After all, it seems that once kids grow up they tend to drink less and less water (which is so crucial for our bodies) so starting young is never a bad idea!

Pampers Gives You Playtime with an Ease of Mind!

There are so many ways to play but yet so little time to do so, on top of that it wouldn’t be nice if playtime was made uncomfortable with a heavy damp diaper, nappy rash induced from scatchy material or maybe even pressure marks from the diapers because it isn’t flexible enough.

Playtime should be enjoyed and Pampers knows that hence their diapers are all made of soft and flexible material that will not hurt baby no matter how they stretch and kick, bend and somersault.

On top of that, you know that your little one is feeling clean and comfortable the whole time because the Pampers Baby Dry series comes with a wider UltraAbsorb layer along with 3 layers of absorbance as opposed to 2 layers that most diaper brands use.

This way you can have an ease of mind knowing that Pampers wouldn’t and shouldn’t leak midway through your child’s fun and no matter how, your child will feel comfortable through out (with no nappy rash too!).

That’s something to rejoice about, yes? At least Baby K thinks so!

Though if it is time to change, it is time to change!

Most kids don’t like to be pulled out of their games for too long thus you will have to be swift with your nappy changes.

I personally feel that with Pampers Baby Dry I have been able to change out baby’s diapers a lot quicker and this isn’t due to anything too revolutionary. Instead, it is the small details thoughts and consideration that Pampers had factored into the diapers that helps matters.

The ‘fold’ of the diaper is at the perfect spot and I simply have to open it, slide it under baby to the point it folds, hold the front down to her belly and fasten it!

I assure you, it’s so quick.

Speaking of fastening, this is another gem due to the stretchable ears.

Often times baby would struggle about while wearing her diapers which makes it hard for me to properly fasten them on while checking to be sure they aren’t too tight, lop-sided, etc. Something about these ears being stretchable helps quickly secure the diaper regardless of
a squir
ming baby and makes me know it wouldn’t feel too restricted for her either.

Playtime = Sleep time ;)

After all, when a child has quality playtime and is able to exert all of his or her energy running about, being inquisitive and learning in the process, parents often know what this eventually leads to…

Sleep time!

While Baby K has mastered the art of fighting sleep, she can’t help but display signs of fatigue after a few rounds of fun.

It usually starts with an eye rub, puffy looking eyes, constant yawning and taking that as cue, we slowly wind down the playtime as much as we can. Dim the iights (during the day we bring her to a dimmer room with curtrains drawn) and slowly usher her to dream land!

Hence whenever baby is wide awake and running around the house at 10pm, I often tell Hubs, leave her be. The only way to put her to sleep is for her to exhaust her energy and we’ve learnt that through rounds of patting, cooing, consoling which often leads to nothing if she just isn’t tired enough.

The best way to charge a battery is to sometimes let to run flat first, yes?

Whether you have an active baby on hand or not, just know that Pampers Baby Dry has you covered (from leakages) from all angles and allows for a super quick and easy diaper change so there is as little disruption as possible during playtime!

After all, sometimes it is just so adorable to watch baby having fun that the last thing you want to worry about is whether the diaper will leak from all that activity.

Thank you again to Pampers SG and OMY.sg for this Pampers Journey and keep an eye out for the 4th installment where I share some (hopefully handy) diaper tips!

Though in the meantime you can check out Pampers Everyday Me for their tips and more information about Pampers Baby Dry!