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Newborn Babies-Disposable Diapers and Cloth Diapers.

This is not at all awesome. But it is a must in your newborn baby care . But I can tell you it is much more easier than 20 years ago.For my first two children I couldn`t afford buying diposable diapers and had to use cloth diapers with diaper pins....How awful when I come to think about it !!!!!!!!!How lucky You Mums are, Now!!!!!!


Disposable Diapers.

Disposable diapers are everywhere. There are many makes to choose from, in a variety of costs and features. But the basics of how to get the diaper on the newborn baby is much the same.They fasten with Velcro®.Nowadays your newborn baby is seldom chapped because the disposable diapers keep your babies tails dry.

Cloth Diapers.

Gone are the days of diaper pins and wiggly babies. Now you only have to put up with wiggly babies! Cloth diapers have become user friendly. Many are now what we call All in Ones (AIO). This means that they are used just like a disposable diaper. They fasten with Velcro®.Other cloth diaper are used as disposables, though you may need to fold or use a prefolded diaper followed by a cover that is usually fastened with Velcro® for a waterproof cover.


Gather Your Diapering Supplies and change your baby.

Get everything ready for the changing of diapers ...everything you would need to change the newborn baby; diapers, wipes, ointments.. For safety reasons you don't want to be searching for something with a wiggly baby waiting for you. You can always open a wipe or two and have it unfolded and laid out ready to use.While you are there, be sure the area is safely prepared for the baby. Is your changing surface secure? Is the area free of cords or other potential problems for your baby?Then lay your baby down.

Most mums have a specific area to change the baby. This can be a changing table or changing pad. If you have a table, be sure to use the strap for baby's safety. Never leave your baby alone while changing him or her. Unfasten the old diaper, but don't pull it out from under the baby yet. This allows for some margin of safety in case the cold air inspires baby to let go its wee-wee.

Get hold of the baby's ankles and gently lift their bottom up and begin to wash their bottom with the wipes. If the area is heavily soiled you can use the front part of the old diaper to remove part of the mess. As you finish with each wipe, gently place in under the baby (clean side up) for easier clean up. When the baby's skin is clean pull the diaper and wipes out from under baby and set it aside.

Place the new, clean diaper under baby and secure the fasteners. If your still have a newborn baby, you might need to fold down the top of the diaper to make room for the newborn umbilical cord. Don't be afraid to pull the diaper on tightly. If you have it on too loosely... Well, you can imagine the mess that makes!

After putting baby's clothes back on, take the old diaper and use the fasteners to make it into a small ball, criss-crossing the fasteners. Place it in the diaper pail or trash or whatever you have...then hand the baby off to someone else or lay her /him down and wash your hands at the sink.


Giving your newborn baby a bath.

Bathing a newborn baby is frightening at the beginning,but afterwards it becomes a relaxing time for you and the baby. Your baby usually likes taking a bath.Older kids also love to help out if your baby isn't the first one. Here are some newborn babies bathing basics. Remember to talk to the baby as you are bathing. If you're unsure of what to say, simply tell them, step-by-step what you're doing. They love this interaction and it stimulates their brain and makes them feel more comfortable.First of all gather up your bathing supplies.

Being prepared is usually the first step with anything having to do with a baby! So, gather a towel, wash cloth, any soaps or lotions you intend to use. Having it handy prevents mishaps in the bath. It also helps you be more confident in the bathing process. Be sure to place these items where you can easily reach them so that your neborn baby is never unattended.

It doesn't matter what form of tub you're using, whether it's the regular bath tub, a baby bathtub or or container, the water needs to be shallow and just the right temperature, about 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Many people suggest testing the water with your wrist, an area of more sensitive skin. You also want to ensure that whatever room you are in is warm enough and free of drafts.

Now undress your baby. Talk to your newborn baby as you remove their clothing. Hold them closely and make them feel secure. If you have a baby who absolutely hates to be naked, try doing a sponge bath for the first few weeks, and slowly undress them and wrap them in a towel, and only uncover the part you're currently washing. Generally you can graduate to the regular tubs at a later stage.


Place the newborn baby in the tub, but always hold on with one hand for safety. Use your other hand, or any small helpers, to take the wash cloth and begin washing the baby. Remember to start with the face and neck and do the diaper area last. Many soaps for baby can be used in their hair. You also have the option of not using soap on baby's delicate skin.



Once your baby is washed, wrap him or her in a towel and leave the bath stuff for a clean up later. Use the towel to dry baby off. You can, if you desire, use lotion on the baby after a bath, though it's not necessary for most babies. Put a clean diaper and outfit on the baby. Once baby is sleeping or with someone else, you can then clean up the bath equipment.

Various Ways of Bathing your Newborn Baby.

As with everything there is always more than one way to do it! While the above is the traditional way that many people use to bathe their babies, there are alternatives. A great one to use is to actually bring the baby into the bath with you.Having a shower with Dad could be a good way of contacting with him. They love the skin-to-skin contact. You simply cradle the baby in your arms and bathe them. When you're done, you can either hand the baby off to another adult and finish your bath or get out and take care of your baby. This is also a great technique for you mum if you are having trouble latching onto the breast. The water and skin contact can be enough to help them relax and nurse more effectively.

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