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Diapering Basics

Babies have to be changed often as they frequently have bowel movements. For changing a diaper, certain things are essential. Keeping the things needed for nappy change together at a place will help in easy changing. Here is a guide on diapers.

What things will I need for diapering?

There are a few essentials you will need to keep next to the changing table: diapers and diaper-saving tape or cloth nappies (if you prefer); baby wipes or moistened cotton wool balls; and ointment to prevent diaper rash. (There should be a duplicate set of these in your diaper or stroller bag.) It is always best to keep extras of everything on hand since you will go through it all quickly.

Are cloth nappies better than disposable diapers?

Cloth nappies are certainly better for the child than disposable diapers, because the child's bottom gets much more air making it more comfortable and reducing the chance of diaper rash.  (Placing nappy liners inside cloth nappies makes them similar to disposable diapers because they can prevent moisture from touching the baby's bottom).  But cloth nappies could very easily lead to diaper rash if certain precautions are not taken, such as changing the baby's nappy soon after she passes urine or stools.  Cloth nappies also turn out to be significantly less expensive than disposable diapers since they can be reused.

How often will I need to change her?

At first your baby will have to be changed often, since she will probably have a bowel movement and wet frequently. To change the baby, place her on her back and thoroughly clean the genital area with water-soaked cotton balls. Apply ointment as prescribed by doctor, then diaper.

If the infant's navel is not yet healed, be sure to fold the diaper underneath it to avoid irritating this sensitive area. Sometimes the tape gets greasy and the diaper won't stay closed; use a piece of diaper-saver tape to salvage the diaper. Before bedtime, use a liner to keep her extra dry and comfortable.

How to prevent diaper rashes?

It is advisable to avoid using diapers, liners or nappy pads when your baby is very small. During the initial days, cloth nappies are the best to prevent the discomfort for babies. Nappies of small babies are small too. So, it would not make a huge load of laundry for your caretakers so there is no need to worry.

Do not let your baby stay in wet nappies for longer and change her immediately. This exercise can reduce the chances of rashes to a greater extent. You can begin with using nappy liners and pads when your baby is a month old. Start with using them only at night. You can then gradually move to using diapers at night.

Do not keep your baby in diapers for the whole day as the constant rubbing of skin with diapers can result in painful diaper rashes. Always allow your baby’s bottoms to feel the air by providing some diaper free time. When you change your baby’s diapers, clean her properly and pat her dry.

If you notice any kind of rash in your baby’s diaper area, report to your doctor immediately. Do not do anything on your own. Let your doctor know about the products that you are using for your baby. Do not try any home remedies on your baby for curing her diaper rashes without consulting your doctor. Doing such things may aggravate the condition. Do not make your baby wear diapers till the rashes health. It will also help the rashes to heal faster. Strictly follow your doctor’s advice and use only the medications which are recommended by him.

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krishna.7 years ago
Dear All,
Ben blessed with a baby boy , can u pls tell where to get diapers in bulk as unable to find stock in my place of new mumbai...
Shobha.9 years ago
diaper rashes also occur if the baby is sweating. therefore, one must always apply some baby powder on the sides and then make the baby wear the diaper.
Manisha.9 years ago
i think if you wear the diaper little up on the stomach and you stick the plastic sticker to the upward position it will lessen the rash. because the main source of rash is that plastic edge which hurts baby. and of course applying some baby powder before wearing the diaper will also help.
Reyna.9 years ago
a good way to prevent rashes is by using products with zinc or by using dry clay poweder, which is absoulutely natural and non-toxic.
Arianna.9 years ago
hi,i'm in 7th grade and was wrighting a half a page on caring for infants for science class,my moms having twins by the way and a i just a had to say that i thought that this is a great site to find what you need, and that i'm very pleased with your progress. you never kwow but years later i could be on this site looking for some help.keep up the good work.=)
Gayatri.9 years ago
i think first of all a baby should be worn diapers only after completing three months. till then cloth nappies are good and safe for the should be kept clean and should be cleaned immediately after passing stools. it should not be left like that in order to avoid rashes.
Mike.9 years ago
this article offers a good explanation but little advice by way of a cure. i found readers comments more helpful in solving the problem. essentially i jut found out that my child has an acute allergy to ammonia which is a component of urine.
Jayshree.9 years ago
use creams with zinc oxide to prevent rash. after rash has subsided use vaseline petroleum jelly during all diaper changes.
Brook.9 years ago
im in the 9th grade looking for needs of a newborn baby for home ec and i thought this was a good website to find it thanx
Seema.9 years ago
i am the mother of 2 baby boys and i use cloth diapers, safety pins, and rubber pants. even when they develope a diaper rash, i continue to diaper them in rubber pants. just be sure to change their diapers frequently and check their diapers every hour or so to make sure they aren't wet or poopy. contrary to all beliefs, rubber pants do not make a diaper rash worse.
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