Diaper Changing For Newborns
A newborn is a baby born within 28 days. Newborns urinate less each time, but more often, up to 20-30 times a day. It is generally unnecessary to change the diapers of newborns every time to avoid getting cold, but every 3-4 hours. Parents should do diaper changing before feeding or watering to prevent vomiting.
Before changing the diaper, put the folded long diaper on the rectangular diaper, gently lift the baby’s two feet with your left hand, stuff the two diapers together between the baby’s buttocks with your right hand, and cover the long diaper with the pubic area. If the baby is a boy, it can be folded down at the umbilicus to increase the front thickness. If the baby is a girl, it can be folded back at the back of the waist to increase the thickness to improve water absorption because urine flows smoothly downward. Then straighten the baby’s legs, wrap both legs with diapers, and finally pull the clothes back and forth and wrap them with the cloth. Changing diapers requires gentle and quick movements to not expose the baby’s skin for too long and cause a cold.
When to Changing Diapers For Babies?
Changing diapers for babies mainly refers to the evolving diapers for babies under one-year-old. At this time, babies are a little older than newborns, and parents can reduce the frequency of diaper changes. Babies can be changed once every 3 hours during the day, once every 4-6 hours when they are older, twice a night, or just once a night.
Diaper changing should be adjusted according to the baby’s age, but there are fixed several times that mothers can pay attention to.
1. Before breastfeeding: Before each feeding, check if the baby’s diaper is wet. Otherwise, the baby will not be solid to eat milk.
2. After feeding: 15 to 30 minutes after each feeding, the baby may urinate, so pay attention to the baby at this time.
3. Before going to bed: Before going to bed, check if the baby’s diaper is dry. If it is wet, the baby will not sleep peacefully, so you need to change the baby’s diaper at this time.
4. After waking up from a nap: sometimes the baby will cry and be restless. This time the baby is likely to have urinated, and the diaper is wet, and the baby is uncomfortable.
How to Change a Baby’s Diaper?
1. Comfortable and sturdy flat surface: lay the baby flat on the floor, bed, or small table to make it feel comfortable and safe. It should be noted that the mother should always protect the baby’s body with her hands to avoid falling.
2. Fully prepared: before changing diapers, will be clean diapers, diaper pail, skincare soft wipes, buttock cream, etc., ready for the diaper change. And make sure mom and dad clean their hands well.
3. Diaper update: Use two diapers at a time, fold them into rectangles and triangles. When using, put the rectangular diaper on the triangular diaper and let it form a T shape. Then take the two folded diapers and stuff them together under the baby’s buttocks. Cover the perineum with the rectangular diaper above, and then tie the three corners of the triangular diaper together above the perineum. Then put a small cotton pad on the baby’s buttocks’ top and bottom to ensure that the child can stretch his legs freely and comfortably and avoid wetting the bedding.
4. Use baby skincare soft wipes: the first few months, the baby’s delicate skin is more sensitive to disposable diapers in the buttock cream and moisturizer ingredients, so at this stage can be clean, soft, warm diaper sheet is the best choice. When your baby is a little older, you can use disposable diapers or two types of diapers simultaneously.
5. Clean thoroughly: Open the diaper and gently wipe your baby’s pubic area and buttocks with a soft cotton swab or skincare soft wipes.
6. Prevent diaper rash: If your baby has a diaper rash, use buttock cream to create a protective film on your baby’s buttocks to prevent further infection and allergies.
The Right Time to Change Your Baby’s Diaper
Diaper changes are more frequent for newborns. As your baby grows up, the number of changes can be gradually reduced from an average of about ten times a day to 6-8 times a day. It should be reminded that pee and poo are irritating to a baby’s delicate skin. If the diaper is not changed in time, the soft skin will be congested with blood, and the lighter skin will become red or have a diaper rash, and the seriousness may also decay, ulcerate, and peel. Generally speaking, there is no fixed time to change the baby’s diaper. Mom needs to consider it according to the baby’s condition.
1. Once the baby’s diaper is dirty or wet, the mother should change it in time. Otherwise, it is easy to get diaper rash.
2. After the baby wakes up in the morning, the first thing to do is check the wet and dry diapers. Usually, after a night, the baby has almost always wet the diapers and should be replaced in time.
3. Although newborn babies can’t talk, they know how to remind their mothers with their cries. When hearing the child cry, the mother should probe into the child’s diaper with her hand to check.
4. It is not advisable to change the diaper after the baby has finished drinking milk, because the flat position can easily lead to the baby spitting up.
5. Some mothers suggest changing diapers before feeding because babies sometimes poop while drinking milk.
6. Baby must change diapers before going to bed. After changing, the baby will sleep better and be more comfortable. If not, the baby will easily get eczema on his little buttocks.
Do You Need to Change the Diaper When Your Baby Falls Asleep?
Should I change my baby’s diaper when he or she falls asleep? The mother should change the baby’s diaper several times. If the baby is sleeping and the diaper is wet, it is easy to make the bottom red after a long time, and it is also easy for the baby to develop the habit of bedwetting and not to be hygienic. Also, changing the baby’s diaper is based on whether the baby has pooped or peed, and if the baby has fallen asleep, it is still important to change a clean diaper for the baby’s health.
If your baby gets the diaper wet or dirty, you need to change the diaper in time. What if your baby wakes up with a wet diaper, the adult doesn’t change his diaper, and the baby goes back to sleep sometime later, and only then do you realize that your child has a wet diaper? If you don’t change it, it will wake your baby up. Still, if you don’t change it, it will not only be uncomfortable for your baby to be wrapped in a wet diaper, but it will also inflame the skin of your baby’s buttocks. It will also create a problem that your baby doesn’t like to be clean, and it will even cause the habit of bedwetting in the future because your baby is used to sleeping in the wet, and you should correct this tendency.
To reduce the situation where your baby has to change diapers at bedtime, you can help your baby change the right clean diaper before you go to sleep after feeding your baby. So that your baby sleeps well and sleeps for a longer time, and change to a dry diaper, your baby will be able to sleep comfortably. When the diaper is wet, the baby will feel uncomfortable and wake up, and the adult should change his diaper immediately. Change your baby’s diaper often so that your baby is used to being dry and clean from a young age, encouraging your baby to love cleanliness. If your baby is asleep when the diaper is wet, gently pull out the damp diaper and replace it with a dry one, trying not to wake your baby up.
How to Choose the Right Diaper for Your Baby?
Texture: cotton diapers are better than chemical fiber fabrics in terms of water permeability and moisture absorption, and they are soft and comfortable, easy to wash and dry, so they are suitable for babies. Old cotton cloth, bed sheets, and clothes are all excellent alternative materials. New cotton cloth can also be used to make, but it should be thoroughly rubbed before use.
Color: the color of newborn baby diapers to white, light yellow, light pink is appropriate, comfortable to see the color and nature of the baby urine and stool, avoid using dark colors, mostly blue, green, purple, to prevent dyes cause allergies, irritate the baby’s skin.
Shape: It is best to fold into a rectangle or triangle to use. Also, diapers should not be too thick or too long to cause deformation of the lower limbs due to prolonged clamping between the legs and easy to cause pollution.
Which is Better: Traditional Diapers VS Diapers?
Advantages: Easy to use & easy to change.
Disadvantages: easy to cause red buttocks; possible to cause urinary tract infection; may affect the boy’s future fertility; higher cost; not conducive to environmental protection.
Advantages: good for health; economic and economical.
Disadvantages: change often; wash usually; package complex; stain cleaning is difficult.
During the day, babies should use traditional diapers and disposable diapers sparingly or not at all. At night, to let the baby sleep peacefully, parents can use diapers at this time. When you go out, you can also consider using diapers for convenience.
Precautions for Diaper Changing
1. Don’t wrap the diaper too tightly, as it will smother the baby’s delicate and sensitive skin, and it is not convenient for the baby to move around. The crotch size should also be suitable for the baby’s body shape so that it will not affect the baby’s leg activities.
2. the diaper’s thin and thick position varies by gender. The female baby’s diaper should be thicker in the middle part, the male baby’s diaper should be thicker in the front leg. Also, do not let the height of the diaper exceed the belly button to avoid infection.
3. Do not use paper towels to wipe the baby’s buttocks. After the baby poops, you can’t use paper towels to wipe the buttocks because that can easily rub the baby’s buttocks skin, leading to infection and swelling around the anus. You can directly wash your baby’s buttocks with water and dry them with an absorbent cotton cloth.