Buying diapers and nappies, and learning how to change them properly is an important and daily task of early parenthood.
Which nappies do you use for your newborn?
Choosing the right nappy for your baby is not an easy decision. This is primarily due to the reason that there are so many brands and types of nappies out there, each promising the best care for your little one.
To make the process a little easier, first ask yourself this: do you want reusable cloth diapers, disposable ones, or do you want to use both in a mixed manner, according to convenience?
Both types of nappies have own pros and cons.
- Reusable nappies will help you in contributing way less to the waste generated by your house, even on a weekly basis. They come in all sorts of adorable colors and patterns. Moreover, they are highly cost-effective over the long run. But, using them will entail a lot of washing and drying.
- Disposable nappies, on the other hand, though are easy to use and throw, they are in no way as eco-friendly as reusable nappies are. You can buy them in bulk, but the prices often tend to be less affordable if you are looking to buy soft and smooth diapers. Either because of ease of use or lack of awareness, most parents tend to go for the disposable nappies.
Also, keep in mind that one particular type of nappies may not necessarily suit every baby.
So look out for rashes or irritation on the baby’s diaper area from time to time, so that you can change the product as soon as possible. Not to mention the growth of your baby will also affect the type of nappies that suit and work for the best.
Materials you need around when changing your baby’s nappy
You just smell checked your baby and there is definitely some pooping that has been done. Just make sure that these things are well within your reach, and that you are able to place a firm hand on your baby’s stomach the entire time with ease –
- a fresh nappy
- a wet bag or nappy sacks
- lukewarm water
- clean cotton wool or cloth
- baby cream to ward off rashes
What does the process of changing a diaper look like?
- The first step is to place your baby in a safe and stable surface. This can be a bed, sofa with adequate space, a diaper counter or even a table.
- Do not be distracted by anything while doing this task as even a moment’s distraction and the baby may rollover from your reach.
- Use the nappy to clean out any poop that has been smeared on their bottom. Get to the folds, under the legs, etc. Clean your baby’s vagina from front to back, so that no germs enter it. Clean your baby’s penis and testicles gently, do not disturb the foreskin.
- If the weather allows it, you can let the baby roll around under supervision for a few minutes before you put on the new nappy. This helps in avoiding rashes caused from constant wearing of nappies.
- Handle the nappy liners carefully. They are prone to becoming hard to stick if water touches them.
How many times in a day should my baby be in need of a diaper change?
In the first week after birth, babies are known to poop around four times a day. As they grow older and reach the age of one, the number comes down to two per day. It is common for breastfeeding newborns to first poop after every feeding session and then not poop at all for a few days at a stretch. You can tell whether your little one is constipated by checking their poop. If it is soft, they are not constipated.
It is also worth noting that babies who are fed differently, poop differently. Thus, formula-fed and breastfeeding babies’ poop is unlikely to look alike. Also, as your baby grows and develops, how their poop looks are going to change. From the first poop that is sticky and dark in color to mustard-colored poop that is common after a couple of days, be prepared for it. Do not be alarmed by it. If you notice anything out of the normal or routine in your baby’s poop – be it regarding the color, consistency, amount or smell, do feel free to reach out to your pediatrician as soon as you can.
How do I dispose or wash nappies in a hygienic manner?
Wash your hands before and after you handle the nappies. It reduces the risk of infections and maintains good hygiene around the house. Your children will also develop the habit of washing their hands then.
If you are using disposable nappies, just roll them up and close them again. Deposit them in a plastic bag you use only to store the nappies and then throw it in a bin you have for garbage.
If you are using washable and reusable nappies, follow the instructions issued for cleaning them on their packaging. Though you do not need to soak them before you wash them, it is better to do so, so that there is less chance of the stains staying on the nappies. Load them into your washing machine on regular intervals with just the nappies. Wash other clothes separately.
Babies notice things
Especially as they grow older and even when only a few weeks old, keep your disgust or aversion, if any, to baby poop to yourself. Do not make disturbing faces or sounds when changing the baby’s nappy. They are perceptive and pick up on body language. Like when you are breastfeeding or bathing your baby and there are moments of smiles and bonding, consider changing the nappy as the same. Make funny sounds, talk to the baby, or sing to them throughout the process. You can even hand them a toy so that they are occupied.