Over the course of your baby’s life, you are going to change a lot of diapers. We do it because we love our kids, but it’s not exactly the most fun in the world. Here are some tips to reduce how much time you spend changing diapers.
1. Set up changing stations – No, I don’t expect you to have a changing table in every room of your house. No one uses a changing table very long anyway. After a month you’ll be changing your baby on the couch, your bed and the floor. Create a changing station by stocking a basic or end-table drawer with a handful of diapers, some wipes, and maybe a tube of diaper cream.
2. Use the diaper to clean – Instead of wasting a handful of wipes for every change, give your baby an initial wipe with the diaper itself to gather up the bulk of the mess. The diaper is sturdy so you can grab as much as possible (just be sure not to spread any waste around – only use a clean patch of the diaper).
3. Distract your baby – The one thing that makes diaper changes take long is an uncooperative baby. During the newborn phases, this isn’t an issue because they can’t move their body much. But when they gain some core and leg control, they can put up a fight. Give your baby something to focus on so they don’t think of the discomfort of the diaper change. You can use toys and books, but babies don’t need much – just something to examine. Sometimes handing them a clean, spare diaper to hold is enough.
4. Skip the fancy, complicating clothing – I know you like your child to look cute, but when you’re hanging around the house, there’s no need for clothing with buttons, snaps, ruffles, or straps. Put them in something comfortable and easy to maneuver. Parents love our Zippy OneZ baby onesie because it has a zipper inseam intended for superfast and easy diaper changes!
5. Be proactive against diaper rash – Not only will ensuring your baby is clean and dry make them comfortable and healthy, it will also reduce your overall diaper changing time. If your child gets a diaper rash because they weren’t cleaned properly, they are going to fight each diaper change because touching the area will hurt. Each time you change your baby, ensure every fold is clean. If you see any redness, give it a quick touch of diaper cream just in case.
That’s it! What are your tips to spend less time changing diapers?
Also read: Potty Training 101
Written by Stephanie Parker from SleepingBaby.com, inventors of the Zipadee-Zip
The motto for Sleeping Baby, makers of the Zipadee-Zip, is: "Inspiring Dreams One Night at A time," and that, in a nutshell, is how it all started…with one little dream that has since become the Parker family's reality. When Brett and Stephanie Parker's daughter, Charlotte, was born, the feeling that welled up inside of them was indescribable; they never realized until first looking into those baby blues of hers that they were even capable of that kind of love.
When it was time to transition baby from swaddling, the Parkers tried every sleep sack on the market and every swaddle weaning trick they could find for nearly two weeks and nothing worked to get baby Charlotte to fall and stay asleep.
Stephanie became determined to restore sleep and sanity to their household and set out to find a solution that would soothe Charlotte's startle reflex and provide her the cozy womb-like environment she loved so much but still give her the freedom to roll over and wiggle around in her crib safely. Out of sheer desperation and exhaustion, the Zipadee-Zip was born. The first Zipadee-Zip(R) Stephanie put together on her little sewing machine worked like magic!
To date tens of thousands of Zipadee-Zips have been sold and all from word-of-mouth marketing. It is so rewarding for the Parkers to see other parents and babies getting the sleep they both need and deserve!
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