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Homemade Diaper Rash Cream

babyDiaper rashes and babies go hand in hand. No matter how hard you avoid getting a rash, it could still happen. For moms who want to save a homemade diaper rash can help save lots of money in the long run. Also with a homemade diaper rash, you know what’s in it so you know that it is natural and will not harm your baby. Here is a simple 2 ingredient diaper rash formula that works wonders on your baby’s bottom.

Ingredients:
¾ cup coconut oil

¾ cup corn starch

Put the coconut oil in a clean bowl. Beat it with an electric mixer for around 8 minutes. Add the corn starch and stir well.

Coconut oil is very soothing and will moisturize your baby’s bum naturally. It also has anti-fungal properties. The cornstarch will act as talcum powder to keep baby’s bottom dry.

For rashes that don’t go away easily, you can make your natural homemade diaper rash medicated by adding 1 tablespoon of polysporin. Although polysporin is not natural it is not petroleum based. So this is safer for baby’s sensitive bottom. Only medicate your homemade diaper rash cream when necessary.

The total cost for your homemade cream is around $2 if non medicated and around $3 if medicated. This is still cheaper compared to well known brands like Penaten diaper cream which costs around $7. The homemade batch is also bigger compared to Penaten’s packaging.

Having a baby can be expensive but at least modern and conscious mothers can save a little when it comes to baby care products. This cream is a great way to save money and keep baby away from harmful chemicals.

Getting Your Baby Ready For Tub-Bathing

This topic has been discussed many times by many different people that it is sometimes difficult to sort through all the information. We’ve put together this short article to provide you with the information you need.

Bathing a newborn can be fun for parents and enjoyable for the baby, too. But lots of babies scream their heads off the first couple of times. If bath time continues to be an ordeal, bathe only when absolutely necessary until your baby is a little older.

A baby bath doesn’t have to take hours or be very complicated, and there aren’t a whole number of things parents can do wrong, except drop the baby. Perhaps the worst thing would be to leave the baby unattended on a table, sink, counter or whatever: “Slippery when wet” must have been invented by someone who bathed babies.

The Tub Bath

After the umbilical cord (and circumcised penis) have healed, tub baths may be permitted (ask your doctor or nurse). Bathing in the big bathroom tub, however, is difficult with a small baby. It’s easier to be where mom or dad can bend over at waist height, rather than kneeling by the big tub. And it’s easier at first if you have two adults to bathe one slippery baby. Or bathe baby in the tub with one parent, then have the other parent ready to take the baby when the bath is over.

Consider buying a special baby tub (one with a slanted and padded back-rest is handy) or use a scrubbed and rinsed bathroom or kitchen sink pre-filled with two or three inches of water. For bathing in a sink, newborns might appreciate lying on a giant sponge, as long as the baby is in a little water. (Then your baby can recline without slipping, but parents must still hold on with one hand.) A large towel folded two or three times and put on the bottom of the clean sink will work.

A couple of points to note:

1. Soap or shampoo still isn’t necessary (and make a newborn even more slippery to handle) or should be used in very small amounts.

2. Swing the nozzle of the kitchen faucet out of the way so the baby won’t get bumped or dripped on.

3. Never run water directly out of the faucet into the baby’s tub or onto baby. Even if you have the temperature right, a sudden change (such as when someone else flushes the toilet or starts the dishwater) could be dangerous.

4. Don’t be disappointed if your baby cries as though this is some new torture to which to subject him or her. After all, baby has been warmly and securely bundled. Then the cold air hits the warm skin and baby is no longer swaddled and secure. It may take several baths before it becomes less scary. Or simply wait. There’s no need to give tub baths so soon – a sponge bath will do it.

5. Fill tub first (and place sponge in the bottom, if you’re using one); work quickly so water doesn’t cool off too much.

6. Eyes and face are cleaned as above (wash them before you put the baby into the tub to prevent eye contamination).

7. Undress your baby and calmly put her down in the tub or on the sponge feet first, leaning the baby back on your hand and arm, which support the neck. Wash with your free hand.

8. To wash the baby’s back, lean her forward onto the arm that just did the washing. Now wash the back with the arm that formerly supported the neck.

9. Remove your clean baby to a dry towel and dry thoroughly (inside the folds of legs, neck, etc). Then diaper and clothe.

How To Sponge-Bathe Your Newborn Baby

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Newborns don’t need the kind of thorough cleaning that older children and adults do. Tub baths are not recommended until the umbilical cord has fallen off and healed.

Sponge baths two or three times a week are enough for one-month-olds. But clean face, hands and neck daily or a few times a day, such as after feedings, with a washcloth. Rinse the diaper region after every diaper change.

Bathing a baby right after she eats has the chance of spitting up or defecating (or both) during the bath. A calm time, when the baby’s not hungry or fussy, might be nicest. Sponge baths can be given anyplace it’s convenient – on a waterproof pad or towel in the crib, changing table, counter top. Generally it’s most convenient to be near a water point. It’s important to be in a warm room without drafts. If it’s winter and the heat has been turned down, consider warming the room where the bath will be given up to above 70 degrees.

Bathe only half the baby at a time, keeping the shirt or pants on while the other half is being washed and dried. For a sponge bath, get all of this together first:

1. Two containers of lukewarm water, one for washing, one for rinsing (test on your wrist or elbow).

2. Two washcloths, preferably baby-sized, one for washing, one for rinsing.

3. Clean clothes.

4. Clean diaper.

5. Towel or waterproof pad under baby.

6. Towel or two to dry off.

7. Hooded receiving blanket.

8. Sterile cotton balls and swabs.

9. Rubbing alcohol for cleaning the umbilical cord.

10. Petroleum jelly (or prescribed ointment and gauze/bandage) for circumcision care.

11. Non-irritating, non-drying soap or shampoo (optional).

12. Have all the items within reach. If you don’t, bring the baby with you when going to get them.

Once everything is ready, here’s what you need to do:

1. Undress baby only half-way at a time for two reasons: babies cool off quickly, and some certainly don’t like being undressed.

2. Talk to your baby while you bathe him or her.

3. Pat all areas dry right after washing. Pay close attention to folds of skin.

4. Reduce your water heater to 130 or even 120 degrees. (Scalds account for 75 percent of burns in children under age 4.)

5. Begin at the head (supposedly the cleanest area) and work toward the dirtiest (you know where).

6. Wet a cotton ball and wipe out one of baby’s eyes, starting at the inside corner by the nose and ending outside. Discard the cotton ball and use a new one for the other eye (so as not to spread infection, if there is any).

7. With the washcloth, wet the hair and rub the scalp. (If you are using shampoo or soap, squeeze very little on with your hand and massage.) Don’t be fearful of the soft spot (“fontanel”), but be gentle.

8. From the rinse water, use a wet washcloth to rinse. Immediately, gently pat to towel dry. Cover the baby’s head with a hooded receiving blanket or dry towel to avoid heat loss.

9. Rinse out the washcloth, sponge off the face, ears and neck, including all the folds. Pat dry and rinse out the washcloth.

10. Remove the shirt. With the washcloth, wash the chest and tummy, under the arms, down the arms, the hands and the back. Pat dry. Rinse out the washcloth.

11. Put on the clean shirt.

12. Remove pants or leggings. With the washcloth, wash the feet and legs, again getting into all the folds. Pat dry and rinse out the washcloth.

13. Clean the umbilical cord with rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball or swab, or as directed by your doctor.

14. Remove the diaper (not one second sooner than you have to).

15. With the washcloth, wash front to back (especially important with girls). Be sure to gently separate the labia (a vaginal discharge the first few days is normal) or wash the whole scrotum (do not pull back the foreskin of the penis). If the boy has been circumcised, wash the region and apply petroleum jelly or gauze bandage as directed. Pat dry.

16. Put on a clean diaper (if you dare chance it, leave this off for awhile to facilitate air drying and reducing chances of diaper rash) and finish dressing the baby.

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Are You Prepared To Change A Dirty Diaper?

As we all know, this subject is something that we could all use a little education on no matter who you are.

When to change a diaper may not appear like an issue necessary to be asked by any thinking person. However, smell or leaking may be veiled by super-absorbent diapers, and newborn’s poop generally doesn’t smell greatly. Letting wet diapers go unchanged until fully drenched increases the risk of diaper rash and discomfort, not to state leaks onto clothing and bedding. Letting soiled diapers go unchanged too long can mean a harshly irritated bottom that may need a doctor’s call.

Put your baby down and peep into the diaper leg openings sometimes. Diapers may require to be changed every time the baby eats (delay until afterward, unless your baby will not eat or cuddle until he or she is clean and dry), which can be every two hours, more or less, for newborns.

Typically 10-12 diaper changes a day is the most a newborn will require (if the baby is wetting less than eight or so a day, call the pediatrician, as dehydration may be a serious concern). Anywhere from eight to 20 diaper changes per day may be common for a newborn; with cloth diapers, which can’t hide as much liquid, it’ll be near the more-frequent end of that scale.

Diapers can, and will, require to be changed in many public spaces. At home, it’s easiest to have a changing area at waist height where everything is within reach for the parent. If you are buying a changing table, buy one with a barrier about five or six-inches high that goes all around the pad so the baby can’t roll off (they squiggle around more as they get older).

If you don’t have a changing table, or are concerned about the baby flipping off it, use the ground, covered with a waterproof changing pad. Don’t use the dining room or kitchen table unless you are ready to disinfect it after every change.

In public, not every restroom has a diaper changing “station.” But they should. Find a large, flat surface (or the floor) and cover it with your waterproof changing pad (which often comes with the diaper bag you bought). You can also buy waterproof pads, usually flannel-backed, separately. Or use clean diapers or receiving blankets in a pinch. You may desire to carry plastic bags into which dirty changing pads, diapers and diaper wraps can go until you get home.

Assemble everything you need within arm’s length before undoing the dirty diaper. For the first month, you’ll only need:

1. A clean diaper, pins and (optional) cloth diaper cover and, if the diaper leaked, change of clothes.

2. Lukewarm water and cotton balls (square or circular cotton pads may work better) or soft paper towels for washing.

3. A small dry towel or washcloth for drying.

4. Something on which to lay the baby, such as a changing cloth or clean diaper.

Place the baby face up on a changing table or clean surface, or on a diaper changing pad on the ground. Strap the baby in on the changing table or keep one hand on the baby at all times (although they can’t yet turn over, their bouncy motions can be enough to hoist themselves off anything you’ve placed them on).

With your free hand, detach the pins or tabs of the soiled diaper. Grasp the baby’s feet in one hand and lift the baby’s bottom off the dirty diaper. If there’s stool there, use wet cotton balls or pads to clean it off. If you’re using disposables, drop the dirt/pads onto the open diaper; with cloth diapers, drop the dirty pads on a tissue.

After the baby is cleansed, fold the dirty diaper and remove it immediately, or baby’s feet may kick into it. If the diaper is only wet, you may want to fold the front part of the wet diaper under the baby’s bottom (so the outside is under his/her bottom). Let go of the baby’s feet and clean the baby with a wet cotton ball or pad.

Whichever way, after cleaning, dry the baby off with cotton balls or pads or fragrance-free, white toilet tissue. Make certain to get in the skin folds between legs and torso. (You can air-dry if you want to take the risk of being wet or pooped on.)

Raise baby by the feet again and slide the new, clean diaper under his or her bottom. Attach the new diaper. Dirty disposable diapers should be folded so all fecal substance and urine is enclosed inside. Place them in a lined garbage pail (emptied frequently; it can go a day or two if you have a deodorant cake in the container).

Home-laundered cloth diapers should be rinsed out in the toilet if there is a stool. While directions say to “shake off any stool into the toilet,” you’ll quickly find that newborn stool isn’t shake-off-able (and possibly won’t be until he or she eats solids, at four months or later).

Instead, keep a pair of rubber gloves close just for this use, or buy a unique pair of diaper tongs available in baby supply catalogs. Give the diaper a good dunking in the toilet, or even immerse it there. Then grasp onto the diaper and flush the toilet so the diaper is rinsed in the clear water filling up the tank. If the diaper is only wet, wash it in either the toilet or sink, and wring it out.

Then place the diaper in an enclosed soaking pail. Make sure the diaper container is tightly covered as children can drown in only a little water. Most diaper services no longer require that their cloth diapers be rinsed. Instead, they offer a lined pail in which to place dirty diapers until pick-up. Cleanse your hands! Baby poop doesn’t come off just by rinsing – you must use soap and scrub.

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4 Effective Pointers When Changing Your Baby’s Diapers

In this day and age, a lot of things have changed from how they used to be, which can be new and exciting for most. But the art of changing diapers remains the same, although it gets easier with the ever improving diaper designs.

For Girls

You should never wipe from the rectum frontward, as it brings fecal bacteria into the urethra and vaginal region. Instead, wipe front-to-back (just as girls and women do after using the toilet to avoid bladder infections). Also, part the labia and clean lightly to remove all material. Do not rub too hard.

For Boys

Be prepared to get squirted (and that he will wet his own clothes and perhaps even spray himself in the face) occasionally. What the heck, prepare for it every time, then be satisfied when the loaded pistol doesn’t go off. When you get better at diapering, you’ll be able to have a wad of toilet tissue paper or a fresh diaper over his penis while washing/drying with the other hand.

It’s only water, it’s not very much actually, and it’s sterile when it first comes out, so laugh about it! Some parents rather push the penis down as they put on a new diaper. Otherwise, boys pee up and it may go out the top of the diaper, which regularly gaps at his waist (or what would be his waist, if he wasn’t so chubby and actually could bend in the center and sit up). Also, pointing the penis down while awaiting the umbilical cord to fall off is one more stage to guarantee that the cord remains dry.

Make sure to clean under the scrotum, where fecal substance may be concealed. If your baby boy has not been circumcised, the foreskin does not yet retract. Don’t try to make it do so – just clean it with the cotton pad.

If the baby has just been circumcised, you have maybe received instruction in circumcision care. Some procedures include a plastic ring that gets no special care, or a dab of petroleum jelly or antibiotic cream. Other procedures require a gauze pad that ought to be removed at each diaper change. Dab at the circumcision with a sterile, wet cotton ball. You may have been instructed to smear petroleum jelly to the wound or to a new gauze pad, then re-wrap the wound. (Look for discharge or smell and call the physician if it appears to be infected.)

4 Diaper Changing Tips:

1. Traditional cloth diapers need pins (or diaper covers). Keep them fixed in a bar of soap and they’ll slide through the cloth more easily.

2. Put two fingers of your left hand (if you’re right-handed) between the diaper and the baby so if the pin sticks somebody, it’s you.

3. Beware of the possibility of pins unpinning and sticking your baby. Be sure you’re not using a “kite” fold that has a pin in the middle over the genital section or stomach, which could be injured by a loose pin. (This should not occur, however, if you are using diaper pins – not safety pins – that have a safety latch.)

4. If the cloth diapers you bought or were given are not pre-folded, but instead are the large rectangles type, you have a few options for how to fold them of your picking.

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