How Diapering Can Nurture Your Baby
In the early weeks of motherhood, diapering your newborn is usually more “ewww” than “awww.” Those crazy meconium bowel movements, the weird looking poop, the weird-smelling poop — who knew your baby’s diaper could be so surprising?
Once you get the hang of it, diapering becomes something different. It’s not just about cleaning up icky messes…it’s about nurturing your baby. That one-on-one time together is building a bond that will serve as the foundation for trust, security, confidence and comfort.
Mindful diaper math
Think about it this way: If a newborn tends to need a diaper every two hours and there are 12 hours in a day, you’re changing her diaper at least six times during the day. Then there are the nighttime feedings and diaper changes, so that number could double. If you have 12 opportunities to nurture your baby, why not make the most of them?
Forget the frazzled mommy moment
Yes, diaper changes can catch us off-guard, making even the calmest super mom stressed out. One way to keep your cool during diaper changes so you can stay connected with the moment is to be prepared. Fully stock your baby’s diaper changing area with everything you could possibly need — plenty of wipes, Boudreaux’s Butt Paste®, extra diapers, rubber gloves, extra changing pad cover, plastic baggies, etc.
When you change her diaper, you’re reinforcing a sense of trust. A dirty diaper doesn’t feel good, so cleaning her up and giving her a clean diaper makes her feel better. When you help her feel better, she trusts that you’re there to sooth her and make her feel safe. Plus, your gentle touch on her skin is reassuring. All of these nurturing actions help build and reinforce the mother/child bond.
Boudreaux’s Butt Paste® to the rescue
Enjoying those meaningful moments diapering your baby is more challenging if she has diaper rash. Using wipes on baby’s sore bottom is a cringe-worthy experience. The fastest way to get rid of diaper rash and get back to smiles and cooing is to use Boudreaux’s Butt Paste® Moms report Boudreaux’s soothes baby’s skin on contact and helps treat diaper rash with each use.
SUPER MOM HINT: Remember, for Boudreaux’s Butt Paste® to work most effectively, apply a thick layer to a dry behind. That means after you thoroughly clean her up, you can let her relax and wiggle while her tushie air-dries. She should be more comfortable and happy during that time, so you can apply Boudreaux’s® to her diaper area when she’s calmer and more receptive to your loving touch.
Things you can do
During daytime diapering, you can talk to her or sing or just make funny faces. Whatever you need to do to ease her stress and make her feel comfortable and happy. Nighttime diapering is different, because you don’t want her to be wide-awake. You can keep her snooze-y by keeping lights low, using a quiet calming voice or just singing a lullaby. Of course, no matter what time of day or night it is, there are lots of opportunities for kisses, hugs and cuddles.
Moms often refer to Boudreaux’s Butt Paste® as a “miracle ointment” that helps treat diaper rash and soothe discomfort within hours. If you’ve had a “Wow, this stuff kicks rash!” moment with Boudreaux’s Butt Paste®, share your story with us in the comments section on our Facebook page.