How to Take Care of Baby’s Hygiene
– Infant hygiene: when to change the diaper?
– Comfort and safety for infant hygiene
– Infant hygiene: how to change a diaper?
The infant’s hygiene, like food, is essential for health and well-being. Changing diapers, bathing, and protecting the baby’s skin all contribute to respecting the child and helping him or she learn to be clean.
Infant hygiene: when to change the diaper?
Some parents prefer to change their baby’s diaper before mealtime, and others after… However, you should know that :
– if you prefer to change him before the meal, baby is likely to make again in his layer while he eats;
– if you choose to change him after the meal, you risk waking him up or hindering his digestion by stirring him up too much.
The truth is, you have to do whatever you want and adapt to baby and what he seems to prefer. As for the frequency of diaper changes, in general, it is every 2 or 3 hours, depending on feeding time. But it’s better to check from time to time if baby doesn’t smell bad or if he’s not wet. In any case, baby hates wearing a dirty diaper and should let you know with his cries.
Good to know: the chemical substances present in single-use diapers could present a health risk if they migrate into urine and come into prolonged contact with baby’s skin, hence the need to change them regularly.
Comfort and safety for infant hygiene
Good hygiene requires the acquisition of equipment and products adapted to infants. The baby’s changing gestures must guarantee respectful hygiene between comfort and safety.
Infant hygiene equipment
Always remember to change your baby in a heated room without drafts. In addition, you should always change your baby on a comfortable surface:
– a changing table;
– a changing mat;
– a large, soft terry towel.
One of the basic rules for changing your baby is to always keep your eyes on him! A baby moves a lot, and an accident can happen so quickly.
Products for the hygiene of the infant
Always remember to prepare the diaper kit before you change baby, and position all the accessories near the changing area:
– diaper cream;
– cleansing milk;
– a towel for wiping;
– sink or basin of water;
– eosin, etc.
Be careful, wipes containing phenoxyethanol should not be used on the buttocks of children aged 3 years or less, yet 64% of users admit to using wipes, whether or not intended for children, to clean the buttocks of toddlers.
Read more: The Best Non-Toxic & Safe Baby Wipes.
Tip: Dress baby in pajamas with snaps in the back of the diaper. This type of pajama makes it possible to avoid undressing baby completely to change him only the layer. It also makes it possible not to stir up baby too much during this routine care of the day.
Hygiene of the infant: how to change a layer?
Changing a diaper is easy; follow a few key steps:
1. Lay baby down on his changing table or mattress on a clean terry towel.
2. Open the bottom of the pajamas and pull them up.
3. Open baby’s diaper, and with the front of the diaper, wipe roughly the front and the buttocks of baby. Don’t hesitate to lift baby’s bottom a little to remove as much dirt as possible. Fold the diaper back on itself.
4. Clean baby’s bottom with whatever you prefer: a washcloth soaked in soapy water or wipes or a large cotton ball with cleansing milk.
5. Once your baby’s bottom is clean, wipe it thoroughly with a terry towel and dab it into the folds.
6. Remove the dirty diaper.
7. Position the clean diaper, centering it correctly and ensuring the fastening strips are at the height of the baby’s belly button.
8. If the diaper rash is present, this is the time to apply either eosin or diaper rash cream to the small buttocks.
9. Close the diaper and put his pajamas back on correctly.