Are you a new mama struggling with this everyday task that seems to get more challenging by the day? Then, you’ve come to the right place! Check out our roundup of the ten most incredible diaper-changing hacks!
Changing diapers is a huge part of newborn care. How huge, you ask? You’ll probably need as many as 12 diapers per day during the first few weeks. And that’s only the beginning.
But besides the sheer volume of diapers, there is also so much more about changing diapers that you’ll need to tackle and overcome. Diaper changing can be challenging for any new parent, from smelly poop and getting peed on to wrestling with a squirming baby and handling all the mess.
That’s why we’re easing your worries as a pregnant mama (or perhaps a new mama) with some of the best diaper-changing hacks to get you through this necessary parenting task that intimidates anyone who’s never done it before.
10 Best Diaper Changing Hacks
1. Choose a practical onesie
As new mamas, we find joy in dressing our babies in adorable clothes. But when it comes time to change diapers, all those extra buttons and ribbons will soon get on your nerve as you change your little one’s diaper for the fifth time in a day.
As such, it’s always best to go for onesies with snap closures on the bottom or crotch part, so it’s effortless to access during diaper changing time. This kind of onesie also makes it a breeze to change diapers in the middle of the night since you’re less likely to jolt and wake up your baby.
2. Have a portable diaper-changing basket
You’ll most likely have your baby’s diaper changing station if you have a nursery. However, it’s also a great idea to have a diaper changing basket ready in another area of your home, like your living room.
You’ll never know when diaper duty will call, so having a basket ready with essentials can save you from the hassle of going to the diaper changing station. Ensure your diaper changing basket is filled with basics like diapers, a portable changing pad, diaper rash cream, wipes, and a onesie.
3. Go for waterproof changing pads
On a related note, stay practical with your diaper-changing essentials. For example, a waterproof changing pad will save you from the headache of cleaning poop stains. But, of course, it would be even better if it’s handy, so you can quickly stash it in your bag when heading out with your little one.
One such product is Mama’s Choice Portable Changing Pad, which features a trifold design so you can neatly slip it into your diaper bag. It’s waterproof, too, so it’s easy to clean and maintain. In addition, it has several pockets that let you store changing must-haves like wipes, rash cream, diaper trash bags, and more.
4. Put a clean diaper under the dirty one
Since you’ll be changing diapers a LOT during the first weeks, here’s a neat trick to help you change diapers faster. First, open a clean diaper and place it under your baby’s bottom. Then, open the soiled diaper, clean your baby, and lay them on the clean diaper.
5. Distract them with toys
When changing diapers, a calm and distracted baby is what you need so they don’t get in the way of your task. To do this, have designated toys for diaper changes.
6. …or contain their arms
Did you know that if you’re using a onesie with snaps, you can also use it to hold your baby’s arms? Here’s work it works: undo the buttons, roll them up until their shoulders, and then snap them back together. The result should have your baby’s arm cosily tucked inside the onesie! Sounds confusing? Check out the video for a complete demo here.
7. Apply diaper cream regularly, especially at night
Changing diapers often means your baby’s skin will be subject to a lot of pulling and tugging, primarily when you use a disposable wipe. This may lead to irritation, so best to protect them every time by applying a generous amount of Mama’s Choice Baby Diaper Cream to keep their bums smooth and rash-free.
8. Put on the diaper properly
Sometimes we forget that a diaper can only function well when put on correctly. Avoid leaks, stains, and messy diaper changes by ensuring the ruffles or leg guards on the sides are pulled out and securing the tapes well.
9. Have an emergency diaper stash
You’ll be surprised how fast you can go through your diaper stock, mama. So spare yourself from the hassle of an empty supply and keep an emergency diaper stash. Please place it in your bedroom, in the car, or even in a cabinet.
10. Use the diaper as the first wipe
Diapers don’t come cheap. While your instinct is to use a new wipe to clean away poop, consider using the pristine side of the diaper first. Usually, it’s the front part of the diaper. You’ll save a little on wipes and maximize your diaper.
How did you find these diaper-changing hacks, mama? Being a parent is not something you learn overnight, and so is the art of diaper changing. With these diaper-changing hacks, we hope you feel more confident as a new mama and more at ease with every diaper change you need.
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