MamyPoko’s definitive guide to changing your world, one diaper at a time
THE thought of changing up to 10 (yes, 10!) diapers a day, isn’t at the top of your list of magical milestones, but let’s face it, it’s necessary. And you’ll no doubt find that when the poo hits the fan, those willing visitors who couldn’t wait to help out in any way possible, will decide to suddenly head home! But changing diapers isn’t as daunting as you might imagine, and with our guide, you’ll soon be able to do it with your eyes closed (although we wouldn’t recommend it!).
“I’d had a C-section and was fairly immobile, so my husband had to change Annabel’s diapers in the early days. For the first one, he rolled his sleeves up! It ended up with a streak of poo down her leg and the diaper was all wonky, but he soon became fantastic at it. He showed off by teaching me how to do it when I recovered.” Sara Mascarenhas, 32, mum to Annabel, two, Panaji.
How to choose the best diapers for your baby
Whether you are an expecting mom or a new one, you are bound to get baffled by the variety of disposable diapers available in the market. And now that you have made a conscientious choice touse a disposable diaper for your baby, where should you start? Should you buy in bulk? Which size should you pick up? Which brand? Should you pick the pant style diaper or the ones with snaps? The questions are countless. So, here are a few tips to get you sorted while buying the best diaper for your baby.
1. GET A DIAPER WITH A GOOD ABSORBENT CORE
You are buying a diaper with obviously one goal in mind and that is, your little one’s bottom should be dry. The material used in the diaper for absorbing all the liquid is the crux of any disposable diaper. The better the absorbency, the drier your baby’s bottom is going to be. For a whine-free baby it’s important that you look at the diaper that promises to hold more liquid. MamyPoko’s crisscross absorbent sheet, absorbs seven glasses of urine and spreads it equally so urine does not collect at one place and the diaper does not look heavy. In fact, their diapers feature a stretchable thigh support so that there’s no heaviness, even after absorption.
2. GET THE RIGHT FIT
Another important point to remember while you are choosing a diaper for your small apple pie is the right fit. If you don’t get the right fit, you may end up with various issues like leakage, diaper rash or a whiny baby. Even at the same age and stage, it’s not necessary that every baby will fit into the same diaper, for example your six-month-old might fit into a smaller size in Brand A, while he may fit into a medium size in Brand B. This is because the diaper sizes are mostly categorised according to the weight. Ensure that you are always aware of your baby’s weight before making your purchase. MamyPoko’s diapers feature clear indication of weight and size and are available in a range of NB to XXXL. MamyPoko’s pant style diapers softly fits around the baby’s thigh and helps prevent gaps, ensuring a better fit.
3. GET THE SMALLEST PACKAGE OF DIAPERS
When you are trying out a new diaper, don’t get too excited with the huge super-saver packs.
Your step-by-step guide to changing diapers
1 Lie your baby on his back on a changing mat or folded towel. If you have a raised surface, such as the bed or a changing table, it’ll be easier on your back, but never leave him unattended —he could easily roll off. Using a pant style diaper means it’s easy to take off. All you have to do is tear the sides, and you’re done! But, you need to watch out for fresh leaks. Use a baby wipe to wipe off any excess poo. Holding his legs up, slide your baby’s diaper out from under him. Clean his bottom with a baby wipe (for girls, wipe from front to back to avoid spreading germs). Pat him dry with a tissue or soft towel.
2 Let your baby have a nudie kick for a few minutes (cover boys’ willies to prevent any unwanted leakages!). Apply petroleum jelly or a barrier cream to stop his skin from getting sore. Loop your hands into the leg holes of your baby’s diaper, one by one, and gently pull his legs through. Once both legs are through the holes, simply move the diaper in place. Make sure the waistband of the diaper fits snugly around his waist, However, if you have a boy, make sure you position his willy towards his feet so nothing can leak over the top of his diaper.
3 .Now, lift up your baby and examine your handiwork. Remember, you need to pay close attention that the pant style diaper isn’t too tight. To make sure the diaper isn’t too tight, slide a finger between the diaper and his tummy. You shouldn’t have to struggle when doing this. If you do, the waistband of the diaper is too tight and you may need to buy a bigger size.
4. Now, dispose off the dirty diaper and wash your hands. There you go, you’re all done!
They are not going to be of any use if your baby doesn’t find it comfortable, or if it’s leaky. Smallest packages, mainly ones that contain either two or five diapers, are available with most brands. Try out these smaller packs first and buy in bulk when you find one that suits your requirement. This way, you not only save more but also avoid tending to a fussy baby all the time. MamyPoko is available in smaller trial packs, so that you can conveniently sample the diaper before making a larger purchase.
4. GET THE DIAPER THAT IS EASY TO PUT ON
Choosing to go with a pant style diaper is a better bet. Diaper pants are more comfortable and protect the soft and delicate skin of baby from rashes. Moreover softer elastic used in diaper pants is gentle on the delicate and soft skin of a baby. Whether your baby is crawling, standing or trying to walk, pant style diapers can be put on in any
position. They do not cause any interruptions in a baby’s natural movements. With pant style diapers, your baby can easily walk and run around. Moreover, they usually contain an extra absorbent layer which prevents leakage and keeps the baby dry and comfortable for long hours. If that’s not all, pant style diapers are much softer in comparison to other forms of diapers, making it comfortable for your baby to wear for a longer duration. Just make sure that whichever size you choose, it fits snugly around your baby’s bottom. However, for newborns, using a pant style diaper tends to get a little tricky. Fortunately, MamyPoko has taken that into account. Available in two sizes, New Born-0 (for babies up to three kilos) and New Born-1 (for babies between three to five kilos), the brand guarantees a much better fit. In fact, the diaper’s soft touch inner sheet and extra soft waist band is gentle on a newborn’s skin and protects them from red marks around their waist and navel area. Moreover, MamyPoko’s navel care shape protects the umbilical cord of babies and makes it easier to put on.
5. GET THE DIAPER FROM ONLINE SHOPPING SITES
Most of the retailers are not ready to give you a huge discount on diapers or even a minimum discount. Shopping online gives you an opportunity to try out many brands, save more through discounts, cash backs and many more offers. But, don’t buy just any brand for the sake of huge discount. In the long run, you are only going to have to spend more on diaper rashes or medications if your child is allergic to it. | MB
Be Diaper Delighted
1 Make sure you have everything you need in hand before you start.
2 Roll your baby’s clothing up and out of the way before you tear open the diaper.
3 Keep a tissue roll close by in case he pees while his diaper’s off.
4 Carry a changing pad in your changing bag for when you’re out and about.
5 Keep a changing mat in various parts of the home (if it’s a large house), so you have one handy all day!