Knowing how to change a baby’s diaper can be a very common question among moms and dads on their first trip.
Did you know that the newborn needs to have his diaper changed about eight times a day? It should be replaced whenever the child poops or when it is full of pee, which usually happens before or after each feed.
How to make a diaper change
First, it is important to have everything close to you: cotton, thermos with warm water, towel to dry the baby, changer, disposable diaper, cotton swab and ointment against roasting (if indicated by the pediatrician).
For the family to feel even more confident in each exchange, we have separated 10 tips to help in this mission. Check them out:
1) Prepare a corner with exchanger and hygiene kit
Besides the beauty and fluffiness of these products, having a practical and functional place for diaper changing makes life much easier for parents.
The comfortable nappy is an example of functional furniture that greatly optimizes the space and organization of the room.
The People’s Grain changers are key pieces in the baby’s trousseau. Made of 100% cotton fabric, they are plasticized and filled with foam to make everything fluffier!
Bet on a hygiene kit with a thermos to keep the water at the ideal temperature when sanitizing your baby. Pots, trash cans, nappy holders and lampshades are accessories that also make all the difference!
2) Talk to your baby
This is a great opportunity to bond with babies!
To make children feel good during diaper changes, parents can talk and cuddle, giving short massages and even gently stretching their bodies.
Cover your baby’s tummy to calm him down and protect him from the cold and don’t forget to always wash your hands before each change!
3) Put a clean diaper under the baby
Even with a dirty diaper, you can put a clean one under the baby. That way, if he decides to “do the needs” again, you won’t have to clean the changer, just get another one.
For first-time parents, the hardest part may be identifying which side of the diaper is right. It’s very easy: the part with the adhesive tapes (or Velcro) is on the bottom. This part of the back is also usually higher than the front.
Always have a clean linen at hand if the diaper has leaked or if an “accident” happens in the middle of the change.
4) Hands always on the baby
As calm and small as your baby is, never step away from diaper changing and always keep one hand on him to avoid falls.
5) Be careful when changing children
When changing a boy, keep a towel or diaper on him so you don’t get a “jet” of pee! They should keep their penis down, so that you avoid leaks and bruises.
6) Be careful when changing girls
The girls should always be cleaned from front to back, so as not to carry bacteria from the anus to the vagina, using the lightest moist cotton.
If feces accumulate in the vaginal area, care should be taken to keep the big lips away and sanitize. If necessary, give your little princess a bath.
7) Humidity is baking friendly!
After passing the wet cotton or moistened handkerchief over the baby, remember to dry it with a cloth diaper and then pass the ointment or talcum powder.
8) Be careful not to tighten
The diaper needs to be in the right size because if it is too tight it will be uncomfortable for the baby and if it is too loose it can cause leaks of feces and urine.
When closing the tapes on the waist, be careful not to overtighten. It is common for this to happen because the baby is lying down and his belly is relaxed.
If you notice you’ve tightened too much, loosen the ribbons and make the adjustment. Ideally, only one finger should fit between the baby’s diaper and belly.
Also, place your finger on the leg elastic to make sure that no part of the material is left inside, which could bother the baby.
9) Toys are welcome
If the baby is very agitated, give him a toy, nanny, pet or doll to distract him.
10) Clean the exchanger
For babies not to have contact with germs, remember to sanitize the plastic of the changer whenever a wet tissue is needed.
To find out when the next change will be, try putting your finger inside the diaper every two hours to see if it’s not too wet or looks “heavy”.
There you go! With the baby clean, throw the dirty diaper away and wash your hands well with soap and water.
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