How often to change a newborn diaper
Diapers are a lifesaver that can provide extra comfort for mom and newborn. It is difficult to do without this attribute, especially in the first months after the birth of the baby. How often to change a newborn diaper depends on the quality or type of hygiene accessories. It also depends on the age of the baby.
The main purpose of disposable diapers:
- To absorb urine, liquid defecation of a newborn;
- prevent the baby’s clothes from getting dirty;
- Keep baby’s skin dry and prevent diaper rash, even with prolonged contact with the inner layer of the diaper.
The outer part of these hygiene products is usually made of polyester, sometimes propylene is used. To make the diaper fit snugly around the baby’s body, elastic materials – polyurethane and rubber – are added to the fabric composition. Inside the diaper is an absorbent structure of three layers:
- The first layer is needed to ensure that the liquid is absorbed and does not flow back. It must be made of hypoallergenic material, as it is in direct contact with the baby’s skin.
- The second layer turns the infant’s feces into a gel. Its function is to absorb and convert moisture.
- The third layer helps clothes and bedding stay dry. It protects against leaks.
But to prevent even the most reliable disposable underwear from leaking, you need to size it up and take it off your baby in time.
How Often to Change a Diaper
Changing a newborn diaper
A newborn is called a baby in the first month after birth. It is in the first few weeks that new parents get to know the young member of the family. They get to know his character, learn how to take care of him, and understand his needs and wants.
The first time after birth, an infant may defecate up to 10 times a day. You should not be alarmed. It is quite normal, so out of his body goes firstborn and transitional feces. Therefore, in the first month of a baby’s life, hygiene products are used up very quickly. How often and how often should I change a newborn baby’s diaper? It is compulsory every time after the feces are excreted.
Before changing disposable underwear, a number of hygienic procedures should be performed.
- Wash the baby with warm water, but without soapy solutions. If changing clothes takes place in the street, it is quite acceptable to use tissues. Wet ones are the most convenient.
- Carefully treat your baby’s skin with baby cream or powder.
- Allow the skin to dry for 15 – 20 minutes. If you are not at home or have limited time, put on the new hygiene product immediately, but next time do not skip the air bath.
When the digestive system of the infant rebuilds, he begins to defecate less frequently, and urination, on the contrary, becomes more frequent. During this period, you should change diapers every 2-3 hours as they are filled. If the baby had stools, then immediately after defecation. Both at night and during the day.
Changing diapers for boys
The process of urination in boys and girls is different. Therefore, there are some differences in the actions when changing disposables. After unfastening the velcro, wait a few seconds before removing the sanitary underwear. Male newborns often have spontaneous urination. Prepare a tissue with which to cover the baby’s genitals, only then dispose of the diaper. The baby should be washed, making movements from the anal area towards the genitals. Rinse the scrotal area well. Soak the buttocks and genitals after washing, let the skin dry and do the usual treatment. After that, put on a clean diaper.
Changing girls’ diapers
Changing disposable underwear for a newborn baby girl, you can safely remove it right away. Clean the skin of feces, especially the vaginal area. Wash the girl: first the external genitals, then the buttocks area. Wait, if possible, about half an hour, let the skin “rest” a little. Put on a new diaper.
Changing diapers at night
Nighttime is a time of rest not only for the baby, but also for the mother. Therefore, if the baby sleeps soundly, you should not wake him up for a scheduled diaper change. If the baby does not show signs of anxiety, and the disposable underwear is not full, then the hygiene procedure can be postponed. If the accessory needs to be changed, it is better to use the moment before or after the end of night feeding for this procedure.
There are several ways to change the diaper without waking the baby:
- Do not use bright lights in the room, a small night light is enough.
- Try to do the procedures in silence, do not try to talk to the baby immediately if he opens his eyes. Stroke it, pause for a few seconds to change the laundry. Or vice versa, try to finish it quickly and rock the baby.
- When contaminating the skin, use wet wipes, do not wash with water.
- After changing the diaper, put the baby to the breast if he shows signs of anxiety.
The baby’s buttocks and groin area need to be treated thoroughly. The skin under the disposable panties is constantly in contact with excrement and urine, no matter how quickly it is absorbed by the absorbent. If you don’t change diapers for a long time, the absorbent layer will stop absorbing moisture. The baby may get diaper rash.
This is an unpleasant situation – the baby will feel uncomfortable. The skin may become red and covered with a rash. If this happens, lubricate the affected areas with cream containing panthenol or an ointment recommended by your pediatrician. Try to use disposable diapers less often, and let the irritation pass.
Additional hygiene products for diapers
There are not only hygiene accessories, but also cosmetics for use in conjunction with disposable panties.
- Powders. They have a drying effect, which helps eliminate and prevent diaper rash. If its composition is alantoin, then such a powder absorbs moisture better and will not gather in lumps after hitting a wet skin. Cosmetic products with zinc have additional antiseptic action.
- Moisturizing baby wipes. They not only clean the skin. The tissue of the wipes can be impregnated:
- Cream to provide extra hydration;
- Oil to give extra softness to the dry parts of the epidermis;
- Lotion, which, on the contrary, dries the skin, prone to irritation and diaper rash.
- Baby cream. It prevents irritations and ensures the optimal moisture level of the epidermis. It is an effective preventive agent against dermatitis.
Children’s cosmetics that contain almond oil and olive oil have useful properties. These products help to heal cracks in the skin more quickly.
When using diapers frequently, try to choose intervals that allow your baby to be without disposable underwear. Your baby’s skin needs to “breathe”. Even the highest quality hygiene products can not provide adequate ventilation, because they are tight to the body. By the time the baby learns to sit, try to accustom him to the potty. This will help you to use additional accessories less often.