A year in nappies
With Baby now past the big 1, I’ve been thinking back on how much she has changed in such a short time. There are so many little things that she has learned, like putting her dummy in herself, handing over a toy when asked, and waving. Then there are the big things like learning to roll over and crawl. No matter how small the achievement is I always celebrate it as if she won gold in the Olympics! But I have to be honest, her increasing mobility has caused all sorts of havoc in the nappy changing department.
In the first year of a baby’s life they will go through around 2,460 nappies! But no two nappy changes are created equal and as the year has progressed I’ve realised that the different stages of Baby’s mobility has made a dramatic difference to my nappy changing experience.
As baby’s mobility changed I found it ever more important to stick to a nappy changing routine. One of those crucial steps was using a barrier cream to protect against the causes of nappy rash!
I will now share these experiences with you in my guide to nappy changing in the first year.
Terror is the word of the day. You have been handed a tiny, delicate, entirely dependent creature that you’re 100% certain you will break. You’re wrong, it will all be fine, but no amount of strangers informing you of this fact will make you stop treating your bundle of joy like a bomb that might go off at any second!
Changing a newborns nappy is fairly easy but due to the aforementioned terror, it will seem a lot harder than it is. At this point your baby will probably cry in displeasure at the experience and the mechanics of nappy changing will be fiddly due to your baby’s size, but they will remain relatively still and are easily manoeuvred into the position you would like them to be.
All in all, if you weren’t expecting your baby to sprout a second head or spontaneously combust any second, these would be the easiest nappies you ever changed.
You’ve done it, you’ve got past the newborn stage and are no longer scared of your tiny, dependant human. Gone are the days when you had to consult at least 3 books and a forum before you could touch your baby, you are now a veteran of winging it.
This is as good as it gets nappy changing wise. Your baby is now bigger, and less breakable looking, while still being incapable of wandering off every time you place them down. If you’re lucky your baby will have stopped crying, having realised that you’re trying to make them more comfortable, not eat them. As with all stages though, this stage has its pitfalls. The most terrifying of these is the projectile poop!
There you are, calmly changing your baby when suddenly you are having a very smelly shower. I recommend not standing in front of the business end if possible.
This is where the fun starts. All of the tummy time you have forced your tiny baby to endure has paid off and they are now rolling around like a sausage down a hill. All of the experience you’ve chalked up in the past few months will be required to deal with this.
Rolling is the start of a slippery slope for nappy changing. Nappies at this stage start normally enough but half way through, usually at the point where you have the old nappy off and the fresh nappy in place but not done up, your baby will suddenly get the urge to roll over onto your new carpet while doing an adult sized wee. Yes, wee is now your main concern and given the amount that your baby produces, you will begin to wonder if she is at least 50% bladder.
This is where Bepanthen Nappy Care Ointment’s flip top lip comes in handy, it’s flip top lid enables you to hold baby still with one hand and apply cream with the other.
If you thought changing a rolling baby’s nappy was a challenge then you’re in for a shock. Crawling completely changes the nappy changing game. You may think you are ready for this but you probably aren’t.
Now that your baby can crawl nappy changing is a little like wrestling a live eel which is simultaneously screeching like a banshee, kicking you in the face, and escaping across the room with a nappy full of poop trailing upside down behind them. Although your baby will understand perfectly that you would like them to lay sedately on their back, they will wilfully disobey you and do their own thing instead.
You’ve done it! You’ve raised a tiny human past the baby stage. Unfortunately, it will be a while until you can ditch the nappies, but it’s ok. Your toddler will understand that you want them to lay still and hand your wet wipes, won’t they?
I have yet to endure the experience of changing a toddler but I have witnessed it. From what I observed changing a toddler involves requesting they allow you to change them at least 7 times before collecting them from whatever mischief they’re getting up to and suspending them upside down with one hand, while changing their bottom (which they will get as close to your face as possible!) with the other. I can’t say that I’m looking forward to this particular manoeuvre!
Bepanthen Nappy Cream
Whatever stage of nappy changing acrobatics you are at, one thing will always be true. A baby with nappy rash is not a happy baby! You can help protect against the causes of nappy rash by using Bepanthen Nappy Care Ointment at every bedtime change to help protect your baby’s delicate bottom over night, when they will be wearing the same nappy for longer than usual. Bepanthen creates a transparent breathable layer on your baby’s skin which is free from fragrance, preservatives, colours, and antiseptics, but packed with pro-vitamin B5. Ensuring that it both protects from the common causes of nappy rash, while also keeping the skin supple and gently helping the skin to recover.
If you would like to know more about Bepanthen, you can take a look at my full Bepanthen review or visit the Bepanthen website at https://www.bepanthen.co.uk
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