Congrats on your new dad life! As you embark on this crazy journey, one thing you'll learn fast is that diaper changing will become a regular part of your day. While the basics of changing diapers seem easy, there are a few tips and tricks that can make the experience smoother for both you and your mini.
1. Stock Up on Necessities
Before you dive into diapering, make sure you have all the necessary supplies. You'll need plenty of diapers, wipes, diaper creams, and a changing pad or mat. It's also a good idea to keep a spare fit or two within reach in case of any unexpected accidents. You know we have compartments for all of this in the FlyDad bag!
2. Choose the Right Diapers
Not all diapers are created equal, and finding the right fit for your kid can make a big difference in terms of comfort and leakage protection. Consider trying a few different brands and styles to see what works best for your mini. Keep in mind that as your baby grows, you may need to switch to a different size or style. If you are constantly cleaning up messes outside the diaper, one trick is to buy diapers that are one or two sizes too big. It creates more space for poop.
3. Master the Art of Diaper Changing
Now that you have all the necessary supplies, it's time to tackle the actual diaper-changing process:
- Lay your baby on its back on a changing mat or pad. The FlyDad bag comes with one.
- Unfasten the diaper and lift your baby's legs by the ankles, using one hand to hold their ankles and the other hand to wipe their butt with a wipe or wet cloth.
- Slide the dirty diaper out from underneath your baby and use a wipe or wet cloth to clean any remaining mess.
- If your baby has a diaper rash, apply a thin layer of diaper cream to their butt.
- Open a clean diaper and slide it under your baby, making sure the back of the diaper is aligned with their back.
- Pull the front of the diaper up between your baby's legs and fasten the tabs securely.
Remember to always wash your hands before and after changing a diaper, and never leave your kid unattended on a changing table.
4. Be Prepared for Blowouts
As any experienced Dad will tell you, blowouts happen. These explosive diaper situations can be messy and frustrating, but with a little preparation, you can minimize the damage. Keep a spare set of clothes and some extra wipes on hand, and consider investing in a diaper cover or onesie with extra protection around the legs to prevent leaks.
5. Consider Cloth Diapers
While disposable diapers are easy to use, some Dads prefer cloth diapers for their eco-friendliness and potential money savings over time. If you're interested in using cloth diapers, do your research and invest in a good-quality set. Be prepared for the extra laundry that comes with cloth diapering, and consider using a diaper service if you don't have the time or resources to handle it all yourself.
6. Get Involved
Diapering isn't just your lady’s job – Dads can and should be involved in the process as well. Not only does this give moms a much-needed break, but it also helps dads bond with their minis and feel more connected. So don't be scared to jump in and take on diaper duty whenever you can.
While diapering may seem basic, there are a few tips and tricks that can make the experience smoother and more enjoyable for everyone involved. By stocking up on supplies, choosing the right diapers, mastering the art of diaper changing, being prepared for blowouts, considering cloth diapers, and getting involved, you'll be well on your way to becoming a diapering pro fast. Good luck, and happy diapering!