KEEP UP WITH THE CHANGE
Here’s how to make diaper changing a breeze during the cold months...
Winter diapering tips to make life easy
Changing diapers is hard enough with happy peppy babies merrily moving their arms and legs all about, while you make sure that poo doesn’t get anywhere that it is not supposed to. Brace yourself: the approaching winters are going to make things a tag harder. No one wants their baby to feel the biting cold during nappy changes. So what can be done to ensure that the diaper changing process is a pleasant one for the darling baby? Well, lots !
1. KEEP EVERYTHING READY BEFORE HAND:
New diaper, talcum/creams, new pyjamas and sheets. Whatever you need, keep ready first.
2. ROOM HEATER:
If it is that cold that it’s got you concerned about the chill he is exposed to during diaper change, keep the room warm with a room-heater. Not above 24 to 25 degrees. Place warm flannel sheets below baby for diaper changes. Try to be quick and efficient through the whole process till baby is dressed and covered again.
3. WARM WATER OVER COLD, ABSOLUTELY:
Make sure you have comfortable warm water ready in the bathroom for washing baby bums. If not, then prepare the water before you undress baby for the change. Never use hot water directly from the tap. Always fill it in a bucket and check the temperature before you use it on the baby. You can never be cautious enough when it comes to your li’l precious.
4. THE WASH AND AFTER:
As soon as baby is cleaned up nice and proper, wrap him up with an absorbent towel. Make sure the legs and feet are completely covered. Bring baby back to his room. Pat dry. Quickly dress him up again.
5. DRY WIPE:
If you do not want to do a water wash you could use warmed baby wipes to wipe the bums. But remember that rubbing with wipes can cause rashes even in just a few washes. So stay mindful of that and keep an eye out for signs of rashes. You could keep baby legs warm during the dry clean up using warm adult socks to cover them. Dr Ramneet Kataria Chabbra shares, “Both my babies were winter babies. My younger one was born in Jammu and elder one is Amritsar. Both these places get quite cold in winter. For my first baby I used only cloth as those days it was believed that diapers are unhealthy and cause rashes. I managed it as I had family support. Otherwise, managing tens of cloth diapers is not easy for a new mother over and above caring for baby. For my second born I used imported diapers and it was far more comfortable.
Baby stayed cozy, slept through the night and had no rash problem. Also, recovery is far more difficult for mothers in winters. I had c-sections during both my deliveries, and recovery was hard. So when baby was comfortable in diapers, it brought respite to me as well.
Antara Bansal, who lives in Northern India, brings along a great challenge during winters if you have a little child living out of diapers. “I recollect from my experience that I would simply be shifting between feeding the baby and changing his diapers every two hours. Due to an increase in wetting diapers, there was this constant fear of my baby developing rashes or feeling uncomfortable. Every diaper change would make me anxious that my child would catch a cold since it meant undressing him off the two or three layers to cover him up from temperatures close to 0 degrees during peak winters. Worse, at night it could mean that great risk of waking up the child from sleep mode due to the movement and undressing process. Sends down ‘chills’ even at the thought of those days!