Being a new mom can be daunting and How!
With a zillion decisions to be taken for a new born, a new mum’s brain is left quite perplexed. But never mind, we love putting a deep thought into the minutest decision we take for our baby. We ain’t settling for anything but the best, are we?
After my baby was born, as I laid on the hospital bed recovering from a C section surgery, I had plenty of help from the hospital staff. I would hand over my baby to the nurse after a feed, and ogle at her as she changed my baby’s nappy. Instead of using a cloth nappy, she would use a diaper. I would think to myself :
Is it safe to use a diaper for a newborn ? Should I start using it from day one? Or there are other alternatives? Wont they give his sensitive skin any rash? I have heard that the diapers can irritate the skin of new born and we should wait for a few weeks before putting them overnight. What should I do ?
I spoke to my doctor about it and he said it was absolutely fine to use diapers. I learnt the right way of using them over a period of time, and in this post I am sharing with you what I learnt with trial and error.
When I took my Baby home from the hospital I was given a pack of Huggies. I reached home and the time had arrived to take up my mom duties all by myself.
I took a diaper out and it felt really soft and smooth. I was still contemplating whether or not to use a diaper. And I finally ended up using them.
Using a diaper was a boon during those early motherhood days. Amidst getting a hang of breastfeeding, coping with sleepless nights and dealing with a massive hormonal change happening, diapers turned out to be a blessing.
But it wasn’t about me or my convenience alone. I saw my baby sleep much better and more comfortable with a diaper on.
Changing a diaper was so easy that my husband would do it too. Diaper changing turned out to be a fun Daddy-Baby bonding time.
A few things kept it mind and Huggies became our best buddy –
– Changing a soiled diaper immediately
The key is to clean baby’s poo immediately, continuous contact of the poop with the baby’s skin causes rashes.
– Change a wet diaper every two to three hours
Newborn pee after every feed and even often. To keep the baby’s skin dry and clean change a diaper every few hours
– Keen observation
Observe your baby’s thighs, legs, groin to see if there is any kind of redness or rash. Either could mean that the diaper is a tad tight or the technique needs improvement.
Wipe your baby clean well but gently. Using the wet washcloth, cotton balls, or baby wipes, gently wipe your baby clean from the front to the back (never wipe from back to front, especially on girls, or you could spread the bacteria that can cause infection). You might want to lift your baby’s legs by the ankles to get underneath. Don’t forget the creases in the thighs and buttocks.
Always wash your hands well after changing your baby’s diaper to prevent the spread of germs.
Trust your instincts, because they seldom go wrong when it comes to your baby. We used a brand we trusted and our diapering journey has been smooth and healthy.