Use of Nappies

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Use of Nappies

Using disposable or cotton nappies: – Many mums-to-be ask themselves whether they want to use cotton nappies or disposable diapers for their baby. The answer depends on what works well for you. Many mums settle for a combination of both for their babies by using cotton nappies in the day and when at home and disposables at night or when out of the house.
Changing your baby’s nappy: – The idea of changing a nappy might seem daunting to you now, but after a few days with your newborn, you will be able to do it with your eyes closed.
While changing a nappy, there are a few things to keep in mind:

  • If you have a baby girl, always wash or clean her with movements from front to back. Moving from back to front can bring bacteria from her poo into her vagina or urine passage causing a UTI.
  • If you have a baby boy, the foreskin of his penis might not come back for a couple of months. Don’t try to force it down or you can hurt him.
  • If you want to use talcum powder to keep your baby’s bottom area dry, don’t sprinkle the talc directly onto your baby. Instead tip a little into your hand, away from your baby, and dab it onto your baby’s skin. Keep the bottle of talc well away from your baby when drying him after a bath, or during a nappy change. Inhaling the powder can irritating your baby’s lungs or, in extreme cases, cause breathing difficulties.

Your baby's stool

Your baby’s first bowel movement will be dark green or black and very sticky. This is called meconium. Once he starts feeding, his stool will gradually turn into normal baby poop.
Your baby’s stool should change gradually from tarry-black meconium to a yellowy color by the time he’s five days old. This is the sign that your baby is getting enough milk. Exclusively breastfed babies have watery, yellow stool with little lumps of what look like curdled milk. As long as your baby is exclusively breastfeeding, the stool smells sweet and came come anywhere between several times a day to once a week. Both scenarios are completely normal.
If the color of your baby’s stool changes suddenly and you notice mucous or blood in his stool, it can be the sign of an illness or allergy. Speak to your doctor to get a proper diagnosis and treatment.

Nappy rash

Nappy rash is very common. It can happen whether you use cotton or disposable nappies. The main cause of nappy rash is wetness.
After the first few days, newborns urinate often and can have frequent, loose bowel movements. Even the most absorbent nappy leaves some moisture on a baby’s delicate new skin. A baby left in a wet dirty nappy for long is more likely to develop nappy rash.

Baby Massage

You should make sure that your baby is awake and not hungry at the time you choose to give the massage and bath. The whole process might take time and if you catch your baby when he is tired or hungry, he might cry through it all.
Choose oil that suits your baby. You can change the oil you use depending on the season. Thick and sticky oils are better for winter, while light oils that wash off easily are better for summer.
A massage in the evening can be a good way to help your baby unwind and relax before sleeping at night. It might even help your baby sleep better and reduce crying! If you prefer to bathe your baby in the morning, the evening massage can be done with moisturizing lotion instead of oil.

Bathing the newborns

Newborns don’t really get dirty since they sleep most of the time. A bath, two to three times a week is enough. You also need to regularly clean the folds of your baby’s neck and thighs with a damp cloth to remove any residue milk or poo.
A bath in warm water tends to relax your baby and help him get ready to sleep. Instead of a morning bath, you can also give your little one a bath as part of his bedtime routine.
Some doctors recommend a sponge bath till the time your baby’s umbilical stump falls off. Others say, it’s fine to start with a tub bath as soon as you are home from the hospital. If you do give your baby a tub bath, make sure you don’t put any oil on your baby’s stump and dry it well after.

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