There was a huge learning curve for me as a first time mom, and so today I want to share a few diaper changing related tips with all of you that would have saved me had I know them from the get-go!
- Set up a diaper changing station with all the things you need on all levels of your home. Yep, one downstairs and one upstairs, if you have an upstairs. Here's what I keep in mine (see picture above): Desitin, wet wipes, baby powder, fresh diapers, baby lotion, hand sanitizer and cotton swabs.
- Be sure to take all of your essentials with you in your diaper bag (click to see my diaper bag essentials) wherever you go, because you never know when a diaper situation will go down.
- Also, I keep a stash of diapers, wipes, plastic bags for disposing of the soiled diapers and Desitin diaper cream in the car too, just in case we forget the diaper bag.
- Pinkness or redness over a small or large area, wherever the diaper touches
- Flaking, dryness or peeling/scaling of the skin
- Chafing from friction of the diaper rubbing against baby's skin
- Sensitivity of affected areas, skin is more sensitive and may be warm to the touch
- Dry raised bumps, or fluid-filled raised bumps
- Edema, or swelling
- Closed environment created by diaper prevents air from reaching baby's bottom and increases warmth and moisture.
- Friction from rubbing against diaper or in skin folds, makes it easier for irritating substances to penetrate skin.
- As urine breaks down, the pH of the skin rises causing enzymes from the feces to become more active further irritating baby's skin.
- Infant skin hasn't yet developed the defenses to prevent bacteria from entering the compromised tissue.
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