Something that new moms are not always prepared for is diapering. From actually putting a diaper on a newborn to knowing the right size for the baby, it can be difficult to know everything there is to know about diapers right off the bat. It is unfortunate that most of what new moms learn about diapers is a result of trial and error, with the emphasis on error. It is not until moms have been changing diapers for weeks to months that they begin to get a hang of what they are doing and realize how much they were never told about diapers.
Be it disposable or cloth diapers, there are things that new moms should be told when it comes to diapering. But because moms are supposed to know what they are doing straight away when picking diapers, changing them, or having the right amount accessible, no one ever provides that information. And new moms are left figuring out what to do with diapers on the fly while keeping little ones from squirming off the changing table.
Here are things new moms are never told about diapers.
10 Get The Diaper Off As Soon As Possible
There are times when moms know that their babies have soiled a diaper. But because they are in the middle of something or believe that there is not that much in the diaper, they put off changing. Something that they will shortly learn is not a great idea.
According to BabyList, the longer that soiled diapers are left on babies, the greater chance there is for infection to occur. Minimally, a diaper rash can occur if babies are left sitting in urine for too long, according to the publication. But bladder infections can occur as well.
As such, unless really stuck in a jam, changing diapers at the first sign they are used is recommended to keep babies healthy and comfortable.
9 There Is An Indicator Line On Diapers To Change Diaper
It may not be the most noticeable thing when it comes to diapers, but there is an indicator line on the front of the diapers to let parents know babies have urinated. Many are yellow when dry and turn blue when they are wet. And this makes it easy for moms to know when to change diapers.
8 Have Baby In Right Size Diapers
If babies are in diapers that are too large or too small, they will blow out their diapers every time they have a poop. Because this can make quite a mess, knowing the right size for babies to wear is key to keeping blowouts at bay.
According to Pampers, there are signs that diapers are the right size. Those signs include:
Waistband sitting under the belly button
No gaps in the leg area
Moms should be able to fit two fingers under the waistband
No red marks when the diaper is removed
When diapers work like this, babies are in the right size diapers. And this keeps accidents from occurring before diapers can be changed.
7 Have The Next Diaper Size Up
One day, diapers fit correctly, and literally the next, they are too small. To not be caught off guard when this happens, moms should have the next size up available so that when babies need to go up in size, they can without hesitation.
6 Know How Many Diapers Are Used In A Day
In order to buy the correct number of disposable diapers, moms need to know how many diapers their babies go through in a day. This will keep moms from buying too many that get wasted or not having enough on hand that a late-night run out to the store will have to be done to buy diapers.
According to Healthline, the younger the baby, the more diapers little ones will go through. As such, the number of diapers babies go through includes:
Newborn: eight to 12 diapers per day
Size One: eight to 10 diapers per day
Size Two: eight to nine diapers per day
Size Three: six to seven diapers per day
By calculating what babies need, moms will know what they need and not have any waste in the process.
5 Be Prepared For Spray
When baby boys are being changed, without fail the air will cause them to want to urinate. As a result, if not prepared, moms will be sprayed in the process.
To keep spray from happening, moms can either hold a cloth or a diaper over baby boys while they are being changed. This will catch any spray that happens and keep moms dry in the process.
4 Put New Diaper Under Baby Before Taking Old One Off
There are times that as soon as babies have soiled a diaper, they need to go again. If not prepared, the changing table will be covered and be a mess for moms to clean up. But there is a way to remedy this mess before it happens.
To catch any secondary pooping or peeing babies may do, simply placing a fresh diaper under babies while changing them will do the trick. Then, if no accidents happen, the new diaper is ready to go and the babies are changed in no time flat.
3 Let The Area Dry Before Putting New Diaper On
When babies are cleaned during the process of a diaper change, the area cleaned needs to dry before a new diaper is put on. According to Noleo, this will help prevent diaper rash from happening. And by preventing diaper rash, babies are saved from a great deal of pain. Something that both babies and moms can appreciate.
2 A Diaper Pail Is Necessary
Regardless of whether cloth or disposable diapers are used, a diaper pail is necessary to collect soiled diapers.
For disposable diapers, keeping them in a diaper pail helps to keep the odor at bay. The same can be said for cloth diapers, given that they are not washed for a few days after they have been soiled in most instances.
Therefore, do not skimp on the diaper pail. Moms’ noses will be grateful for it.
1 Have The Right Amount Of Cloth Diapers
To make sure that moms have enough cloth diapers on hand so that laundry is not done daily, moms need to calculate how often their babies go.
According to Grovia, that is at least 36 diapers for newborns and 24 for infants. This will allow moms to go two to three days in between washing before running out of diapers for their little ones.
Source: BabyList, Pampers, Healthline, Noleo, Grovia