There’s more to diapering than just fastening the straps. It’s no easy task, take this scene for instance: Your precious brand new baby needs to be changed so you place your newborn on the changing table only to have them scream so loudly that you’ve got tears in your eyes and your hands are shaking. Then the baby pees all over everyone, poop starts flying, and everything in sight is covered with some type of baby bodily fluid. By the time you get everything cleaned up and the baby fresh and happy, you are completely spent and the baby’s diaper is wet. There is not much more nerve wracking then this, whether it’s your first or tenth. (Okay, I haven’t had ten kids so I’m just going with my gut on this one.) We all go through it, but I did learn some tips that helped with leaks and fit so I will pass them on. One thing that’s unavoidable? The massive poop blowout.
After I had my first baby, I was changing her in the hospital when a nurse came into my room. She took one look at what I thought was a job well done for a new mom and promptly told me I was about to have a mess on my hands. Her name was Ruth and she was a diaper whisperer. I had pulled the front of the diaper way down so it didn’t touch the umbilical cord, but it was almost at her neck in the back. At least I knew to keep it off the cord.
She showed me how to fold down the top so it’s just below the cord. My favorite tip: slather a layer of petroleum jelly on the baby booty to help prevent diaper rash. I swear whenever I forgot that layer, the baby got rashy. Check out the slideshow for tips with pictures of my little cutie and his diaper.
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