Diapers leaking, diaper blowout, diaper rash... we've all been there! It's frustrating, it's expensive, and it's downright disgusting!! What to do?? You ask your friends, your family, and of course Google! What answers have I found? Let's see:
Diapers are leaking? 1st of all, make sure you pull those damn ruffles out around the legs. I found this out the hard way after a few days home with my newborn baby! Still leaking? Well, maybe they're too small - go up a size!! Or maybe they're too big, go down a size! OMG seriously?? You know what I found? Sometimes it's not the size but the actual cut. Huggies, for example, did not fit my newborn son at all! The legs were gaping on him, so of course he leaked poo out like there was no tomorrow. But I had friends who found Huggies worked great, and it was Pampers that leaked terribly. If only there were one perfect fit diaper for all babies, but of course that would be too easy. Definitely worth checking out Miny Moe diaper samplers - each sample pack includes 6 brands (Huggies, Pampers, Luvs, Earth's Best, Walmart Parent's Choice, Target Up & Up) so you can try them all - bish bash bosh!!
Diaper blowout, now there is a fun one. Make sure those diapers are on snug, I mean SUPER snug, like cinched in at the waist to the point of looking uncomfortable (but make sure it's not actually uncomfortable - hmmm that should be easy right?). The first few months, especially in exclusively breast fed babies, those poos are completely liquid and ridiculously explosive. Even the best of diapers will be bested once or twice. I found that my little one blew out in certain positions more than others. Most often it was when he was sitting on my lap, perhaps the pressure of my knee of whatever it was when the poo shot out forced it all to go straight up the back, waaaaaaaaaaaaaay up the back, like up to his neck! Yikes. You can always give the Blowout Blocker a try. If nothing else, it's a freaking awesome name for a product!! I would have tried it but didn't discover it until my little one's blowouts seemed to have subsided.
Diaper Rash? It could be the diaper itself causing this - either the make up of the diaper or it's not absorbing and whisking away moistness as well as it should, in which case you should switch to another brand (try Miny Moe's diaper sampler!). Some people swear by smearing on Desitin after every diaper change, but I'm wary of the chemicals in there. I make sure to change my little one's diaper as soon as I notice he's gone poo, though I have to give him a few minutes or else I'm likely to get a little surprise of more poo in the middle of changing him. Every once in a while he'll get a little bit pink down there, and then I let it air dry a few minutes after each change and then smear on a bit of Burt's Bees Diaper Ointment or Pure Hazelwood Zinc Ointment. The pinkness is usually gone the next day.
So mamas and papas out there in the Internets... what diaper dramas and solutions have you come across!! Please share your wisdom, and your hilarious stories!! ^_^
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