We've been meaning to add a blog to the site for a while now, but life got in the way. As some of you know, we had baby D number 3 in September, so things have been a bit hectic to say the least. There are a lot of things going on right now, but sleep is not really one of them. Number 3 (aka Blake) is a great little baby, but he doesn't like to sleep for long periods of time at night yet. So, we find ourselves trying to convince the other at 2AM that it's their turn to make the rounds. While I was on post the other night, I had to change Blake's diaper in my half-sleep state, and it made me think of some late-night diapering tips that we posted awhile back. I hope these help you in your late night adventures.
- Set the mood. Don’t startle your little bundle of joy in the middle of the night by turning on a bright light to change a diaper. Use a low wattage blue light bulb instead of a white light bulb to keep the room darker. It provides enough light to let you do what you need to do but doesn’t trigger party time for your baby.
- Keep them occupied. Keep a special toy nearby to let your child play with while changing their diaper. Keeping them focused, even for just 30 seconds, will allow you to at least get them cleaned off and ready for a new diaper.
- Wrap the wrap. Lay a new diaper under the old diaper before changing it. In the event that you missed a spot on her little tush while wiping it, the mess will end up on the new diaper instead of the changing area.
- Keep those buns warm. Use a wipes warmer so that you’re not freezing your little one’s tush in the middle of the night. Think about flying first class. Being handed a cold towel to wipe your hands doesn’t sound nearly as appealing as a toasty one. Similarly, a calm baby is much easier to clean and change using a warm wipe than using a freezing cold one on his behind.
- Avoid a tinkle fountain from your little guy. Forget the teepee, keep a cloth diaper around the changing table so that you can quickly toss it over your little guy’s privates if he starts to let loose. Or simply use a wipe.
- Keep the mess where it belongs. Protect your baby, their clothes, and the changing table from messy diaper blowouts by using BabyBackups. Put one on at night and wake up to a clean baby and crib in the morning, even if your little one was trying to work one out while in dreamland! Plan ahead and apply a few BabyBackups to new diapers in advance so you’re always prepared.