Diaper changing challenges never cease, whether it’s dealing with a newborn with impossible-to-clean poop or a toddler who won’t sit still for more than a few seconds. Thousands of diaper changes are required in the first year for a single baby. With 10 diaper hacks to render all those improvements a little bit easier, we’ve got you and your baby’s bottom covered.
Hacks that will Make your Parenting Easier
Here are some absolutely life changing hacks that every Pakistani mom should know;
Create a Barrier
The first bowel motions of a newborn are dark and tar-like. It’s known as meconium, and it’s a gooey mess. Spread a thin layer of petroleum jelly on the baby’s bottom from the first diaper change to form a barrier on the skin. If any gets stuck, a clean cloth dipped in olive oil will gently remove it.
You’ll want to understand how often your kid goes to the potty in the early months to make sure they’re getting enough nutrition. You’ll want to keep a record of how many diapers your kid gets through in a day because your pediatrician will definitely ask. Rather than depending on your melatonin brain, use an app like Sleep Tracker to track your feedings, sleep habits, and milestones.
There will be blowout losses up the back of the diaper. If they become a frequent thing, consider going up a diaper size. Diaper height and weight recommendations are only guidelines; don’t worry if the diaper is too big. You want to make sure the leg holes aren’t too slack, as this could lead to leaking.
Blanket Receiving Techniques
You probably received at least one shipment of receiving blankets in anticipation for the arrival of your little bundle, and you literally have no idea what to do with all those tiny, thin blankets. When things get messy, lay one on top of the changing diaper cover for a quick clean-up. You won’t have to worry about cleaning the changing-pad cover as often. Also keep one in your diaper bag for quick changes in the car or at public restrooms.
When it comes to diaper bags, there will be times when you leave the house and entirely forget to take yours with you. Or you open your bag and find you haven’t restocked your diapers! To avoid tragedy, keep a couple of diapers and a travel-size container of wipes in your glove compartment. Check your stash every now and again to make sure it’s still the right size for your infant.
Diaper Cream Brush
Diaper rash is another issue that is sure to develop when it concerns baby butts. There are a variety of creams and lotions on the market for clearing up rashy bottoms, but almost all of them have one thing in common: they’re difficult to clean off your hands and always seem to get under your fingernails.
It has probably happened to every parent. You get the baby all cleaned up and are grabbing a fresh diaper only to get wet before getting the new diaper on. A good tip for post-nap changes is to wait a few minutes for your little one to wake up. As they get older, babies and toddlers are less likely to pee in their sleep, so you want to give them time to get it all out before you expose them to the air. You can also place a fresh diaper over top of boys while you slip the old one off and double up underneath for girls while you change them.
Built-in elements in baby garments help prevent diaper rash. Many onesies and shirts have shoulder folds that aren’t just for getting the tops over the baby’s head. You can also use them to remove garments by tugging them down rather than up, which keeps baby’s face and hair clean during a blowout. To keep small hands out of dirty diapers, put curious toddlers in their pajamas backwards.
Make it Fun
Changes in diapers can be distressing for both parents and babies. Sing a song or repeat a nursery rhyme to keep younger babies calm. Set aside a few readily washable toys for fidgety toddlers that are exclusively used during diaper time to keep their brains and hands occupied. Your children may begin to anticipate the passage of time!
Look for diapers that are especially designated for nighttime use if your child is a heavy night wetter. They are more absorbent than ordinary ones, so your child is less likely to wake up damp in the middle of the night. You can also use liners to add extra permeability to any form of best diaper.