DIAPERS AND THEIR SECRETS
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DIAPER CHANGES

The moment in which a newborn arrives in the family is full joy and excitement. However,  new parents (and everybody that looks after the baby) may have to face many unexpected challenges.

One of the most frequent and delicate moments when taking care of a newborn is changing the diaper. You shouldn’t underestimate the choice of the methods and products to prefer in order to safely manage this daily task, making it an occasion of loving and conscious care.

Precautions

In order not to live the moment of the diaper change as a concern, you should follow a few simple tips.

First of all, it is essential to remember that the baby should never be left on the changing table without the supervision of an adult, so as to avoid the risk of falling.

That’s why you should prepare everything you need before proceeding to change the diaper: diapers, wipes, creams, detergents and spare clothes should always be at hand, so that you’ll never divert your attention from the baby.

Moreover, it’s essential to always remember to wash your hands carefully before changing your baby’s diaper, in order to avoid bacterial contamination that can be particularly harmful to the delicate pH of children.

Another element you should pay attention to, is the temperature of the room in which you decide to change the child. It is important to choose a warm environment, so that you can strip the little one, avoiding temperature changes that could upset him, making the diaper change a discomfort or a nuisance.

One last detail that can prove to be fundamental is to entertain the baby: communicate with them,  sing for them, massage them or hand them their favourite toy. These small actions will put him in a good mood, avoiding crying and thus making the change easier and safer. Following this tip, you will also create a pleasant moment of primary socialization.

When and how to change a diaper?

The process of changing a diaper may seem banal, but actually involves risks for babies’ health. Therefore, it’s fundamental to take the proper precautions in order to best protect babies’ intimate hygiene and skin, since they’re much more delicate than those of adults.

First of all, it’s essential to change the diaper every time the baby poops or whenever we notice that the diaper is wet. However, you should change the diaper about every 3 hours, even when it does not seem to be wet. If the child is sleeping, you shouldn’t wake him up just to be changed: just remember to change the diaper as soon as he wakes up.

Furthermore, moms usually wonder whether it is better to change the diaper before or after feeding. The answer is subjective and should be adjusted to the rhythms of your baby: if they tend to fall asleep during feeding, you may decide to change it first, so as not to wake him up; while if they usually discharge immediately after feeding, you could wait and delay the changing after the feeding.

Remember that, if possible, it’s better to rinse the intimate areas with water at each diaper change. If the child has only peed, it’s enough to use water, otherwise it will be necessary to add an appropriate intimate detergent.

As for little girls, it is important to carry out cleansing and washing always “from top to bottom”, so as to avoid contaminating the genital area with bacteria from the stool. It is equally important to choose the right kind of products to clean and take care of their intimate hygiene, in order to comply with the pH of baby girls’ genital mucous membranes, since the absence of hormonal activity makes them vulnerable to infections and irritations.

As for baby boys, you should always pay attention to appropriately clean any stool residues that can inflame the genital area.

To cleanse and moisturize the intimate areas of babies, it is essential to get a specific detergent and a moisturizing, emollient, nourishing cream, with regenerating effects that meet the skin needs of their pH, which is not yet able to protect them from external agents. This will prevent dermatitis, irritation and redness. For the same reason, it’s important dry the skin thoroughly before putting the diaper back: avoid rubbing against the baby’s skin, but rather pat dry. In case the umbilical cord stump is still present, cover it with the diaper.

When and how to proceed to potty training

It may occur at different ages, since not all babies are ready at the same time. However, it is important to know that the bladder and rectal systems reach complete development when the baby is around five years old; after this moment, it may be necessary to consult a doctor to ensure that there are the physiological prerogatives for the baby to proceed to be potty trained.

As for the season of the year, it’s easier to proceed in summer, when the “accidents” that would leave the child wet or dirty will not create the discomfort of being cold during the change or while the clothes and bed are wet. However, it is not a problem if you think that your baby is ready to take off their diaper during wintertime.

The only rule when it comes to potty training is not to demoralize children when accidents occur and they wet themselves. But where should you start from? When the parent will be able to recognize the time slots or attitudes that suggest that the child has to do their business, you may show him how to use the potty. Even if you’re not always successful and sometimes the baby might have already used the diaper, the child will still learn to associate his biological needs with the potty and, urged by the positive feedback of the parent, will be encouraged to acquire this new skill.  As for peeing, this is the most difficult need to recognize  both for the observing parent and for the child, who’s never been used to “hold it”.  The adult should regularly suggest the baby to pee in the potty. Accidents will still happen, but the feeling of wet panties will only encourage the child to learn how to avoid such occasions.

Linea MammaBaby®’s tips
Linea MammaBaby® has created specific products to meet the particular skin needs of the intimate parts of newborns, baby girls and baby boys, with active ingredients of natural origin and dermatologically tested on sensitive skin.

To cleanse the intimate areas of the newborn as gently as possible, you can use the Baby Intimate (150 ml, neutral pH), a delicate cleansing mousse with protective, emollient and soothing effects and with active ingredients of aloe, helichrysum and chamomile flowers.

Since it isn’t always possible to have access to running water for rinsing children, you can use wet wipes (Baby Wipes 20 pcs) or -even better-  a cleansing milk (Baby Cleansing Milk Cosmos Natural) perfect for cleansing the face and body and for changing nappies without rinsing. It is recommended to apply Baby Cleansing Milk to a cotton ball and wipe the concerned area, repeating the action several times until the cleansing is complete.

 

The choice of a nappy change cream (Baby Change Cream Cosmos Natural 100 ml) is equally important to bolster the skin barrier, prevent the skin from drying out and encourage tissue regeneration in case of irritation, redness or nappy rashes. Thanks to the use of this quick absorption cream,  you can prevent diaper rashes by using a small amount on the most delicate areas, which are likely to remain wet or sweaty. To prevent diaper rashes, you should always wash your baby with water after changing the nappy and wipe them with a linen cloth.

In the case of nappy rash, it is important to use a dedicated cream capable of contrasting the action of external irritants, helping to soothe, regenerate and nourish even the deepest layers of the dermis (Sos Baby Cream 30 ml).
After cleaning the skin thoroughly, spread a thin layer of cream in the skin folds and on the reddened areas, repeating the application several times a day.