I’ve been diapering for a few months now, so I thought I might share some tips and tricks I’ve learned for diapering. Some of these tricks I picked up from the friendly nurses while I was in the hospital from Chichi’s preemie days, so if you still have a nurse around, ask them for tips too!
If you’re a soon-to-be mom and you’re worried that you don’t know how to diaper-don’t. Trust me, you learn pretty fast, and you learn even faster once you’ve had a few poop and pee related accidents.
So, without further delay, here’s Paranoid Mommy’s top tips and tricks for a stress free diapering experience:
1. Timing: Depending on how sensitive your baby is to a dirty diaper, you may either have to change it every time it gets dirty, or you can change it with a feed. With a newborn, it is recommended they are fed every 3-4 hours, and so usually you will change your baby’s diaper every 3-4 hours. This is the recommended time frame as you don’t want your baby to sit in a dirty diaper too long then you start getting problems like diaper rash.
If you change with a feed, you can either change before or after a feed. Here are the pros with each method-
Before a feed:
- Empty stomach means less spit up, less mess.
- After a feed, most babies are drowsy. You may be able to put your baby to bed right after a feed, instead of disturbing them again with a diaper change.
After a feed:
- There is likely less diaper usage. Food stimulates the stomach and everything to “go”, so a lot of babies will go during or shortly after a feed.
- You wouldn’t have to deal with a crying hungry baby, while you’re changing your diaper.
Personally, I like to change my diapers after a feed. I have found that if I wait 15 minutes after she’s eaten (while I burp her), then she’s less likely to spit up during a diaper change session.
2. Always try to change a poopy diaper as soon as possible. Poop is significantly more irritating to the bum than pee.
3. If it’s just a pee diaper, and it’s in the middle of the night, you can consider skipping a diaper change. This can help your baby sleep longer, and hopefully convert their days/nights quicker. With that being said, if you do decide to do this, I would recommend extra thick layer of diaper cream with your last diaper change of the night to help protect the bum.
4. Keep all your supplies close and ready. Do not leave your baby unattended to grab something. These supplies will include clean diaper, diaper wipes, diaper cream, a diaper garbage bin, and I also recommend a washcloth to quickly wipe away any spit up as they occur if necessary. Keep a clean set of clothes nearby as well.
5. When I have undressed baby for her change, I like to pull the bottom half of her sleeper up, and tuck it under her head. This keeps the sleeper out of the way of any potential mess, and can keep baby’s head slightly elevated to minimize baby spit up.
6. Open a clean diaper and place it directly underneath the dirty diaper. This will help catch any accidents if they occur.
7. Unfasten the dirty diaper and slightly pull away, but do not remove the dirty diaper yet! I like to count 10 seconds before I remove the dirty diaper, because I have found that for some reason, cold air on her butt will trigger her to go!
8. Once the 10 seconds have passed, carefully pull out the dirty diaper from baby. Quickly check the edges of the diaper (tops, backs, around the leg area). If there’s no poop anywhere around the edge, then it’s safe to say that your baby hasn’t stained her clothes. Wipe your baby’s bum clean with your baby wipes. If your baby wipe has added moisturizers or aloe, I have found that they actually make the diaper cream harder to go on. I will usually wipe away the added moisturizer/aloe with a clean diaper before I put on the diaper cream.
9. Before you grab the diaper cream, roughly cover up your baby’s bottom with the clean diaper first. This will prevent any poop-gun type accidents while you’re squieezing out your cream. (Trust me, been there, done that).
10. Cover your baby’s bum with your diaper cream. Close up diaper. If your baby still has her umbilical cord stump, you can fold down your diaper in the front so you are not pressing on the stump. This trick also works if your diaper is slightly too big.
Check that there’s no gaping holes, and that the diaper is sufficiently high up the back.
Mission accomplished! Until next time…