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Diaper Tips

I have changed a great many diapers throughout my life.

By
Cherylyn Feierabend
February 16, 2007

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I have changed a great many diapers throughout my life.  I started babysitting fairly early on, so I’ve seen it all! There’s nothing quite like changing the first diaper of your own newborn child though. Maybe I’m crazy but, it was actually fun and exciting for me.  The thrill of the change, however was short-lived. 

I’d like to share with you some quick and dirty tips to help make the diaper changing process, if not more enjoyable, at least less dirty and more quick!

The first tip I’d like to share with you is to use the right diaper for your child!  Saving money is important, but more so is the comfort and cleanliness of your child.  You may need to try a few different brands before you hit the jackpot but, you can definitely find value in diapers if you shop around. Start with small packs of diapers until you know that a specific brand is going to work for you, then buy in bulk to save money. Here are some things you’ll want to look for in a diaper: It should fit your baby snug around both the waist and around the legs to prevent leakage, but not be so tight that it leaves marks on the skin and the materials should not rub or irritate the baby’s skin. If your child has sensitive skin, you’ll probably want to look for a brand free of plastic linings and perfumes. I like to avoid the really perfumed brands of diapers but, you’ll want to choose what is most pleasant for you and your baby, of course.

We are all aware that we should wash our hands thoroughly after changing a diaper but, keep in mind that you might want to wash up beforehand too. You should try to keep your hands clean anytime you’ll be handling a baby, especially a newborn. One recommendation would be to keep an antibacterial gel near the changing area. Just give your hands a quick cleaning before the change. Always remember to wipe baby from front to back and of course, wash-up when you are done!

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