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 #1 – Undisturbed Sleep for Baby & Me!

Hello everyone!

I interrupt the usual slew of beauty posts for a brief intermission to share my thoughts, opinions, experiences (and of course baby snaps) about Pampers! Thanks to Pampers Singapore and OMY.sg, I had the opportunity to give the Pampers Baby Dry series a go and I will be talking about that via my Pampers Journey over the next 5 weeks, with beauty posts inbetween of course.

While diapers is quite a detour from my usual beauty talk, given how majority of my readers are female and with most at some point or another having (or have had) kids of their own, learning a little more about this basic and daily necessity is as important as knowing which eyeliner will last through the day and what lipstick can perk up your appearance ;)

Trust me, I was ignorant about it and learnt it the hard way through wet beds, soiled clothes and the list goes on…

When I was younger (college days), I used to think sleep was for the weak.

No kidding, I used to dislike sleeping and even if I did, it would be the bare minimum amount of hours – bed at 3am and wake at 8 plus in the morning – just to quickly recharge myself and get back to doing work or whatever else I had in mind.

Unfortunately while I don’t feel the same about sleep now, I need and crave it as much as I can, baby seems to have taken after my old mentality.

Whoever came up with the saying to ‘sleep like a baby‘ obviously hasn’t seen Baby K.

Okay, granted yes when she is asleep she does appear very peaceful and tranquil but getting her to sleep is a whole different thing…

If only babies could just, like adults, hop into bed and tuck themselves in, right?

But alas, life isn’t all that simple and this is baby playing around by ‘tucking’ herself in. Admittedly it is so adorable to see her acting grown up-ish but in her terms, this is all fun and games because look at those eyes! They don’t seem like they are ready for bed anytime soon…

It’s Way Past Your Bedtime, Baby…

Since her infant days, hubs and I had busied ourselves with finding out how to coax her to sleep, how to make baby sleep on her own, how to have her sleep through the night, so on and so forth.

Truthfully, sleep is one aspect that we really struggled with through the whole of baby’s little life thus far and even till today she doesn’t sleep through the night and has no set bedtime. She certainly doesn’t sleep at 8pm only to wake the next morning at 7am, as compared to what a lot of parents seem to flaunt.

For the longest while we were a little dampened by the lack of ‘improvement’ in her sleep schedule and definitely a lot more tired out as opposed to the pre-baby era where you could sleep and wake at anytime you desire.

Though I guess what I am trying to say is, while yes I agree there are many tips out there to help you prepare baby for bed, don’t feel despaired if your baby is very much like our little monkey here and refuses her bedtime. Everyone shares tips and tricks on how to help their baby sleep and sometimes reading some of these would in turn make you feel more despair when they don’t seem to work for your little one. Something must be wrong, right? Well, not always and every little baby is different. Perhaps rejoice that you have an inquisitive baby or rejoice in your playful little being wanting to stay up for more cuddles, kisses and playtime!

At least that’s what we choose to think because Hubs and I do come home late from work so we attribute baby’s late nights to her wanting to play with us.

See, monkey business in action!

Baby K’s Bedtime Routine

No matter how much a routine doesn’t help actually soothe her to sleep, we still adopt one because it helps us to get everything out of the way before we enter the bedroom and hopefully, in time to come, she will learn to associate that with bedtime.

I know it’s a long and tedious road ahead for our super active Baby K but one step at a time and you never know!

  1. First we wipe baby down with a warm cloth to freshen her up
  2. Next we change her into her PJs
  3. Then we change her diapers (and this lasts her through the night)
  4. Finally we brush her teeth and have her guggle / drink some water.

That’s the little routine we adopt and after all that is done, she does her rounds of waving goodnight and blowing flying kisses to the in-laws before we usher her into our air-conditioned room and hope she sleeps soon.

Uninterrupted Sleep Through the Night

Since baby is a late-sleeper, the last thing we want is for her sleep to be interrupted because truth is truth, babies need as much sleep as they can get for mental development and growth.

Studies have shown that a well-rested baby is usually more focussed through the day, more cheery, alert, and will be able to interact / play better through the course of the day.

Happy babies are usually easier to deal with and more fun to play with too so it certainly helps you if your baby is in a good and happy mood!

After all, who wouldn’t want to wake up to a (chubby chubby) face like this!

If a baby doesn’t get enough rest at night, they tend to be a little moodier, disoriented and also more prone to falling asleep any and everywhere regardless of how comfortable (or not) a position is.

Here’s one of us leaving the house in the morning and baby dozing off while initially being seated on my lap.

While we can’t change baby’s sleeping schedule (which we hope to eventually), what we can do to prolong her rest period is to encourage and enable her to sleep through the night without stirring or waking her.

As mentioned, even at 18 months baby still stirs awake at night to feed (more for comfort I’m sure) and I am still nursing her so according to statistics the next real worry for me would be damp diapers! Grr!

Dry Bottoms, Dry Bed

Thankfully (or not) for me, baby wasn’t the nit-picky sort that minded a wet diaper too much. Unless it truly was soaking damp and heavy then only would she start to point and pat her little bottoms, yes it’s quite adorable.

But the downside of baby not minding a damp diaper is that sometimes the diaper itself is damp to the point that it leaks onto the bed (while she sleeps) if it is already too full.

Another case would be with some diapers that are thicker and not as breathable, once damp these tend to remain

‘moist’ and this causes baby’s already sensitive skin to flare up and have a mild case of nappy rash.

Neither of the situations is desirable because in case of a leaked diaper, waking the household up at night to clean baby up, change the diapers, change the bedsheets and for me to change my pyjamas followed by probably soothing an already woken baby back to sleep versus a sensitive red and painful looking baby bottom caused by nappy rash are both situations you certainly don’t want to be in and Pampers Baby Dry certainly has the solution to these!

If you have noticed, the new Baby Dry series boasts a 12-hour dry-ness to the diapers allowing for baby to have a good night’s sleep. The diaper is thin and breathable yet don underestimate it’s absorbancy as it soaks up the fluids but yet somehow still keeps the surface of it dry to the touch (yes, gross enough but I touched it to be sure my baby’s bottom is not kept moist and damp through the night).

Thanks to the ‘Sleep-Layer’ within, you can ensure that the fluids are well absorbed and does not interfere with the comfort of the diaper.

Case in point, I particularly like how ‘slim’ Pampers Baby Dry still appears to be even after a whole night’s duty. Some other brands I have tried tend to really puff up and get really ‘soaked’ when worn overnight and I can imagine that the moist, damp and ‘inflated diaper’ feeling would be so uncomfortable for baby.

Though here’s how Pampers Baby Dry looks after being worn on for the whole night, it’s still fairly slim and definitely doesn’t look as if it has ballooned to the size of a float.

I didn’t manage to snap a comparison of how puffy any other brand worn overnight would be because I was too impressed with how dry and also how breathable Pampers Baby Dry seemed to perform overnight that that was all I made baby wear from here on.

I know it’s gross snapping a shot of a used diaper but I assure you, Pampers Baby Dry absorbs it all so well the diaper itself looks almost brand new though it has been used overnight!

Another feature I especially like was the ‘frills’ and snug protection that Pampers Baby Dry’s design offered.

Baby is one who loves to sleep on the side so chances of pee leaking out by the side is highly possible especially if baby happens to move too much at night or somehow the diaper isn’t worn well due to her being a wiggle-worm.

Though thus far, given the design of how Pampers Baby Dry is and how snug yet comfortably it fits, we haven’t had any issues and have been enjoying a nice and dry bed! This is the longest streak in awhile and I am keeping my fingers (and toes) crossed!

With that we can feel safe cuddling and snuggling with our little ball of a baby and not fear that she will pee / leak all over us!

And we can wake up to her cheeky and smiley well-rested self knowing that she had slept through the night comfortably with a baby soft dry bottom in the morning even in diapers that have lasted her a whole night!

I’m definitely very pleased with my Pampers Baby Dry experience so far and so thankful I got to experience this new range / revamp!

I’ll be sure to share what’s new about this Baby Dry range as opposed to what Pampers used to offer and how these added features loves your baby as much as you do.

Thank you Pampers Singapore and OMY.sg for this opportunity. Stay tuned for more about my Pampers Journey, this is only Part 1!

Do check out Pampers’s Everyday Me website for more information and parenting tips and tricks!

Thanks for reading and I’ll be back again with more shortly ;)