In the first few months, you are going to have to change your baby no less than 6 to 8 times a day. Some practical advice is essential for a good start. And that’s the first question you ask yourself: when to change baby There are several schools on this subject.
When to change your baby’s diaper?
You should know that the ideal moment for the change does not exist. You may be the one to try out several techniques before finding the right one and adapting to your child’s pace.
Don’t worry, your baby doesn’t like the unpleasant feeling of being soiled, he will warn you when you have to do something, often crying! It is important that their buttocks do not stay wet or in contact with stools for too long in order to prevent skin irritation problems.
Can we wake up baby at night when he is sleeping to change his diaper?
The answer is no : it is not good to wake your child up at night just to change his diaper. On the other hand, if he wakes up because his diaper is full and he needs to be changed, it is obvious that he must be changed in this case!
Change baby before or after his bottle?
You never know when to change baby’s diaper! You have to be prepared all the time, between bathing, sleeping and eating … Several cases arise. First of all, if you change it before the meal, (whether bottle or small jars) you may have to repeat the same ritual after the meal since there will surely be a saddle at that time.
Secondly, it is possible to put a clean diaper on it during the meal. This forces him to take a break before sucking again and stimulates him. But here too there are risks of contamination.
Thirdly, the change takes place after the meal, when we are sure he has had his bowel movements, just after he burps. However it is taking the risk of disturbing him when he is just starting to fall asleep.
Changing a baby’s diaper: what materials and products to use?
As for the bath, for the change, you must have all the equipment available to change your child’s diaper. There is no question of leaving your baby alone on the changing table for a single second. So think in advance about the accessories you will need:
- A clean, dry towel to place on the changing mat (it is more practical to wash a towel on a regular basis than a mattress ;
- A clean diaper;
- Change of clothes possibly;
- A cleansing milk (possibly);
- Cottonor Marseille soap with a fine, soft sponge glove soaked in lukewarm water ;
- Wipes if you are not at home.
Also plan a specific cream against diaper rash (water paste) if you see redness.
Also have a plastic bag in which you can lock the dirty diaper.
Good to know: more and more parents are using washable diapers, not only because they represent a lower cost, but also because they contribute to the protection of the environment.
Changing a newborn’s diaper: what’s the difference?
There is no no difference between the change of a newborn and that of an infant. A newborn baby may need more dexterity to get him out of the crib and put him on the changing table. Roll it onto its side and slide your hand under it, then roll it up into a ball against you, and lay it on the changing mat.
How to clean your baby during the change?
Take off your baby’s clothes first. You can just take off the bottom of his pajamas or onesie for example and pull your clothes up a little above the navel to prevent the risk of overflowing.
It’s time to open up the dirty baby diaper. First lift her buttocks, unhook the scratchs of the diaper and fold them down so that they do not stick to her skin. Bring the front part towards you and slightly lift your baby’s bottom, holding him by the feet. You can remove the diaper while wiping the rest of the stool with a clean part.
Whether you take a glove, a wipe or a cotton pad, first clean the pubis, then the buttocks. We always go from the cleanest to the dirtiest. To dry the different parts, do not wipe too hard, but dab, so that your baby is dry.
Finally, apply a thick layer, if necessary, a care cream against diaper rashes.
Changing a baby boy’s diaper: what’s the difference?
There are none … except that you are not safe from an accident when changing a baby boy! We all know this seemingly funny scene where the baby boy gleefully waters the adult who changes him. To avoid this situation in real life, ask a lying down or a bib on his penis when changing, or if not his penis down before closing the diaper.
After getting rid of the dirty diaper, how do you put on a clean diaper?
Take and unfold the clean diaper. Place and center the part with the adhesives under your baby’s bottom. The front and back parts should meet perfectly at the waist. Attach the adhesive strips. See to do not over tighten layer. You have to be able to easily pass a finger between the diaper and the stomach.
To prevent leaks or overflows, check that you can see the small bellows protruding between the thighs. If they are inside, you risk small leaks.
Number of diapers per day: how often should the baby be changed?
Rule : change baby as soon as his diaper is dirty, those and urine confused. If you changed it a quarter of an hour ago, it doesn’t matter, we do not leave baby with a soiled diaper … Otherwise, it is advisable to monitor on average every two to three hours if the baby’s diaper is not full.
Caring for a baby is also about being organized. The first days, it’s better not to be alone to perform all these steps. Dad needs to change diapers as much as you do, don’t forget that! Otherwise, one of the grandparents can easily help you. Safety is the priority. But rest assured, you will quickly get used to it.