Changing Diaper Questions

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Hannah777 - March 28

Hi, Ladies, this question will probably sound silly but I am not sure what products I will need for diaper changes... Some people are telling me to use paper towels and water especially at first as wipes may irritate baby's delicate skin. Also, do I need lotion to prevent irritation? What about baby powder??? I am not sure I should be using this stuff. Do you think if I ask the pediatrician in the hospital, I would seem completely incompetent??

 

Joanne - March 28

believe me, you're not the only one who feels silly asking these questions....thank goodness I had a friend who had a baby not long ago. On hand besides diapers, I have squirt vaseline, beaudreaux's b___t paste, baby powder, and wipes. Anything else you need I'm sure the hospital will tell you before you leave.

 

Rabbits07 - March 28

Some babies are sensitive to the ingredients in wipes, but they do make them fragrance free/hypoallergenic for such babies. It is really a matter of choice. It is good to have something on hand for diaper rash. I prefer vaseline and pure 100% cornstarch (like you buy in the grocery store) as it has just been my own experience that it works better, althought the cornstarcgh isn't too convenient to carry around in a diaper bag. Some people use a diaper cream between every change to prevent diaper rash...I don't like to when they are newborn because it just seems too hard to wipe off of them. There is some debate about baby powder as it can be inhaled in the lungs, but Gerber makes a roll on powder and Huggies makes a liquid one now; even with the old fashioned kind if you sprinkle it in your hand then rub on baby's bottom it should be fine. It is good for preventing chafing and heat rash in the summer. I have always used lotion on my babies after a bath, but never in between diaper changes. I guess that would be a matter of preference, too.

 

MJM - March 28

For my little one I use the pampers swaddlers until he was about 2 months old. Then I got the walmart brand. The swaddlers are nice and soft, not bulky and have a lotiony smell and feel on the inside of the diaper. My son has never had a diaper rash. If you are having a boy and getting him circ_msized then you will need some vasaline to put on his owey for about 2 weeks. The hospital will give you some. Dont use baby powder in the diaper for a while. It likes to get into all the nooks and crannys and can cause some irritation. For the first month I use a very soft wash cloth with warm water and a little bit of soap to clean at each diaper change. My favorite soap for babies is Johnsons Baby BAr. It smells like baby powder and it is ver very mild. After that I used Pampers sensitive for the wipes. No perfumes or anything so very mild. That is about all that you need. I like the Johnsons Baby diaper rash cream for the b___t. My daughter never had a diaper rash until she was older and she only had it once. My son still has never had one. i hope this helps a little bit.

 

MJM - March 28

Also I would post this question in infant care also. They will give you some good pointers also.

 

J.J. - March 28

Hannah, you may not use them all right away but stock up on 1. diapers, 2, wipes, 3. vaseline or A&D ointment (i agree, desitin is hard to wipe off), 4. cotton b___s, 5. alcohol (to clean cord..belly b___ton). 6. small gauze pads (if boy is circ_msized). Yes it's true, some say not to use wipes for first month b/c baby is so sensitive...use cotton ball moistened w/water. I used wipes, but only once a day when the baby was very messy.

 

J.J. - March 28

A few other tips that may help: 1. Most hospitals let you take supplies from your room (bulb syringe, diapers, a few gauze pads, etc). If it's okay, grab them, but i'd still stock up, since supplies only last a few days. 2. Have all supplies out (water w/cotton b___s, vasoline on gauze pad, etc) before you take off the dirty diaper....expect to be fumbling around for a while. 3. Nurses repeatedly warned me NOT to put diaper on too snuggly...I took it to heart...diaper was constantly leaking until a kind neighbor showed me that it could be put on much more snuggly than i had ever imagined. 4. One more supply to add to list with boys: box a Kleenex. Use a tissue to cover him up; newborn boys will pee when cold air hits him. Good luck. everything seems so awkward at first, but it's amazing how quickly you learn.

 

meme - March 28

Don't use baby powder. It gets into lungs. Personally, I'm not using commercial wipes. I'm mixing a drop of Dr. Bronner's soap into water & using cloth to clean his little b___t.

 

meme - March 28

Oh yeah, and don't use a tissue to cover him up, use the next diaper. As you take the diaper he was wearing away, quick cover him with part of the new diaper. Less waste, and pee is going to go right through a flimsy tissue compared to a diaper which is made for such purposes.

 

Hannah777 - March 28

Thank you so much to all who responded. So far i have diapers. baby wipes, alcohol and aveeno baby wash... I will have to get lotion and vaseline.

 

J.J. - March 29

Actually, I found that using a tissue in case of pee worked great. If he didn't go, I just reused the tissue again. The problem I found with using a new diaper is that the pee "richocheted" and either soaked his front, or more often ran down his back. (And you get him all diapered, dressed, pick him up and think, what the heck...why is his back all wet??). It was funny, but also annoying when you're changing outfits all the time. Just my opinion here.

 

J.J. - March 29

Also, my baby's almost five months old and he did grow out of the peeing while being changed. It occured frequently until 2 months. I don't think he's done it since.

 

sparkles - March 29

I wouldn't use paper towels, as they are pretty rough and would be more irritating to a baby's delicate skin. Just find some hypoallergenic wipes or try out different wipes/diapers until you find one that works. It's now suggested not to use powder, as it's easy for the baby to breathe it into their lungs. Thus contributing to respiratory problems. And if your family has a history of asthma, it can contribute to the development or worsening of asthma. Just ask your pediatrician what products he would recommend for your newborn. You won't sound dumb at all and I'm sure he's been asked that more than he could count.

 

ash2 - March 29

i used cotton b___s with warm soapy water for diaper changes for the first month because of the skin. works like a charm. they also sell newborn gentle baby wipes at babies r us.

 

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