Time For a Diaper Change?
Avoid a Sticky Situation!

Now we get to the ugly stuff. To avoid a diaper change catastrophe, there's a few simple but essential things you should know and do before you start.

The Basics:

- Take good care of your baby's bottom to avoid diaper rash , as it is very painful and takes time to heal

- Prepare a diaper changing area, with everything you need close at hand and make sure it's safe for baby

- Most good quality nappies can handle a certain amount wetness and keep baby dry even after more than one wee, BUT...

- You have to change a soiled nappy as soon as possible, don't try and save on nappies!

- A baby should have around 6 or more wet nappies a day to indicate sufficient feeding

- As long as a baby's poo has a soft consistency the frequency of soiled nappies is not so important

- Hard, dry poo that is obviously difficult to pass indicates possible constipation and you should get medical advice

Clueless Mom's Tips:

- Never start changing a nappy, especially a soiled one, without checking that everything is withing your reach, open and ready to use

- Your baby's first poo, called meconium, is a sticky black substance and you need to know how to deal with this

- A baby will normally not feed a lot for the first 24 hours and therefore will have fewer wet and soiled diapers, so don't let this stress you out if everything else seems normal

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