5 Things I Know About Diapering
Once you've had your baby, diapering is one of very first tasks that you can expect to take on (and then repeat multiple times a day likely for the following two-ish years). Simple enough it may seem, right? You may find yourself surprised. Particularly for first time parents - though as a mother of multiple children I will say now that this also applies to repeat parents - there is certainly a learning curve. Here I'll give you a quick run down of five tips for what I like to call event-free diapering because believe me, you want to skip on any "events" in this department.
Step To the Side
Save yourself the embarrassment - and the dry cleaning fee - of saving your clothes from the super potent newborn poo stain. As you're planning the layout of your baby's nursery, be sure to position the changing table in a way that will allow for you to stand at your baby's side rather than at his bottom. Babies' bowel movements can be quite explosive, and you don't want to be in the way when nature calls. Ask me how I know...
Be Prepared With Back Up
When preparing to change your baby's diaper, be sure to place a clean new diaper underneath her bottom before beginning to remove the soiled one. It's not uncommon for babies to pee once their bottoms become exposed to the cool air. Avoid a larger mess by having a new diaper in place and ready to catch the mess before it comes. Added bonus? As soon as you remove the soiled diaper, you can easily lift the front of the new one to cover your baby's bottom while you reach for the diaper cream or toss the soiled bundle.
Know Your Escape Route
Blow outs happen. Babies seem to be experts at getting poo up their backs and over the tops of their diapers. How do you get your baby out of his soiled clothes without getting messy? Easy! Notice the top at the shoulders of your baby's onesie. This envelope-looking bit will open wide enough to allow for you to pull your baby's clothes down and off his body instead of pulling the clothing over his head. You're welcome.
Coconut Oil Is Your Friend
Particularly for newborns, it is a wonderful idea to rub a bit of coconut oil over your baby's bottom after changing her diaper. Baby's first poos are of a dark, sticky, tar-like consistency. This substance - called meconium - may be tough to cleanse, but with a touch of coconut oil you'll be able to remove it from your baby's bum in no time. Coconut oil is also a gentle moisturizer and an anti-fungal meaning it may also prevent your baby from developing yeast or diaper rashes.
Soak It All Up
...and not in a gross way. Enjoy this time. Yes, you'll change many a diaper, but your baby will be a little different each time you do so. Changing your baby's diaper isn't a race. Take the time to notice the small details on your baby - the tiny feet, the new chunks on her legs, the birthmark on her belly, her smile or coo. Your baby will only be this small for so long, and this small exchange between the two of you is something that will one day be very dear to your heart. Revel in this gentle, quiet, and possibly messy moment. You'll miss it one day. I promise.
There you have it! Five quick tips about diapering that can apply to any parent or caregiver. No matter if you choose to use cloth or disposable diapers, may these tips make your diapering journey a bit more pleasant! Not a fan of changing #allthediapers? Postpartum doulas do that! We'll be happy to help when you need us - just give us a call.