Caring For You Baby

A new baby brings joy but also challenges to daily life. We are here to help and make sure you feel confident caring for your baby when you leave the hospital as well as in the weeks, months and years to follow.

Diapering

Diapering baby

A skill that every parent quickly masters, diapering is a rite of passage that only gets easier the more you do it. And you’ll be doing it a lot. Although it’s far from rocket science, there are a few things you need to keep in mind to make sure your baby remains clean, dry and away from risk of infection or illness from poor hygiene.

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Before you start, make sure that everything you need is within your reach. Never leave your baby alone, even for a second, on any high surface.

It’s important to change the diaper after each bowel movement and whenever it is wet. Wet and dirty diapers will irritate your baby’s skin and may cause a diaper rash.

Lay your baby down on his back and unfasten the dirty diaper. Roll it toward your baby and take it off. Ask your health care provider about suggestions on whether to use commercial wipes. You can also use a soft paper towel or cloth.

Do not use powder because the particles get blown into the air, and the baby can breathe in the powder particles, which can damage the baby’s lungs.

Diapering Baby Girls

  • Separate the labia (inner vaginal lips).
  • Wash with a mild soap and water, wiping from front to back. Use a clean cloth each time you wipe.
  • Rinse with plain water and pat dry.
  • Your baby girl may have clear mucus-like discharge and you may see a small amount of blood on a wet diaper. This is because of mother’s hormones and is normal.