How We Prevent Diaper Rash
Today, I will tell you my secret to a smooth baby bottom. I have been using this method to change all three of my babies and we never had any bad rashes. Before we get started, I want you to know that I am not a doctor of any kind! Just a mother with experience. Most of you probably already know everything I am about to write but if you are a new mom, maybe this will help you prevent some rashes!
Step one: Take off the diaper.
Step two: Take your baby to the sink and wash those little cheeks with soapy water.
Step three: Rinse & dry completely then put on a new diaper!
That is it! The secret here is that we don’t use wipes. I don’t hate them! On the contrary, we use them all the time for dusting. And if there is a huge poop then we will use a wipe to clean things up a bit before washing with water. The reason I don’t use a wipe is because first, the friction from the wiping will irritate the skin and second, the soap or whatever is in the wipe will be left on the skin even if it looks clean.
Here are a few more tips.
I always leave an absorbent cloth on the changing pad and bring it with me to the sink so that I can dry off the bottom right away. We use Gerber baby diaper pre-folds.
Dry the area off completely because bacteria love warm, dark, moist places. I use plain cornstarch, add a drop of Roman Chamomile and store it in a jar. I pat it on with an oval cotton pad to make sure the area is dry.
If there is any sign of redness, I use either coconut oil (if it is really red I use a mixture of roman chamomile, lavender and coconut oil) or my favorite balm, Wash With Water Care & Repair Balm.
I do use organic diapers when my babies are brand new just because they are fresh from the womb and I don’t want to expose them to any more chemicals than I need to. A few months later I switch to a regular diaper. If your baby gets a rash from a diaper, I suggest using organic.
Of course, it is not possible to wash with water every single time so we do use wipes when we are not at home.