Last week we went over some of my personal favorites for newborn diapering, based on my experiences with my most recent newborn this past summer. We have an article on our blog worth a read for parents-to-be, I wrote it last year based on customer feedback and my own experiences with my previous babies. You can find that article here.
What I did want to go over this week is a few other “how to’s” with newborn diapering, if you are a first time user of cloth diapers. My first baby, now 10 years old, was not in cloth diapers until about 4 months. When my second daughter was born, I had been doing diapers for about 2 years, but had never handled a newborn in them. It was a bit daunting, but over the years and subsequent babies, I have picked up a few tips and hints I would like to pass on, all personally tested and also appreciated by our customers.
Many of our first-time-moms we meet intend to have their babies changed at a location other than their own bed. Whether in a nursery, or a changing table in mom’s bedroom. Now, some will do this, taking the time and energy to change the baby at a location that requires standing up, being coherently awake and walking. However, if you find yourself taking power naps at red lights while driving with your newborn, and decide that diaper changes may take place closer to your pillow, here is what I advise.
- Set up a mini diaper station on your night stand. It is a very simple set up, 2-4 diapers, a stack of a few dry cloth wipes, hand sanitizer, a dish of water, a small plastic bag or wet bag and a light source.
- You could pre-wet the wipes to avoid having to wet them down, but toss whatever you don’t use in the morning in with the dirty diapers so they don’t get full of mildew.
- Baby changing can happen in the bed, one tip I do like is placing a large prefold or changing pad under the baby, in case of a surprise tinkle or poo-burst from the little darling on the clean sheets.
- In a perfect world, mom would wash her hands in the sink, then go back to bed to clean off after a change. For those of us living in a far-from-perfect world, I see enough science to suggest wiping your hands down with a clean wipe and water, than a dab of hand sanitizer is perfectly sufficient for what tiny residues may be left behind on your hands until the next time. And although this may be pushing the “TMI” envelope, if you are like me and postpartum nights bring night sweats, the usual postpartum rushing of fluids, some baby vomit running down your neck and some tears for good measure, a little baby poo added to the cocktail was the least of my worries.
Don’t be scared by that last sentence if you are a mom-to-be, not everyone has that experience, and even if you do that gorgeous newborn staring back at you has no idea you are a hot mess, and he/she will look so deliciously cute you really won’t notice it…much.
Next week we will continue with our conclusion of newborn tips and tricks, let me know if you have any questions.