Changing the diaper

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A moment of pampering

Diaper change is often thought of as something boring and annoying but in reality you can look at this moment in a completely different way, as an opportunity to closeness and pampering with the newborn baby and even as an opportunity to promote the construction of one solid, balanced and trust-based relationship.

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With what attitude to manage the change

As Sonia Zecchi, Montessori educator explained to, "the diaper change should not be done hastily, just to clean up and go, but lived as moment of meeting, of sweetness, in which we are aware that we are allowing ourselves to touch the delicate skin of the baby and that he is abandoning himself to our touch ".

So no sudden gestures, but calm, fluid gestures, accompanied by the look and sound of the voice that gently explains what you are doing. It is also better to avoid disgusting comments or expressions: "The message that should pass is that there is nothing bad that comes from the child and that you can trust the relationship with mom or dad.

Where to change the baby

According to Maria Giovanni Iavicoli, educator of the Montessori Birth Center of the city, "at home we should always try to change it in the same place, so that it has references and can orient itself and take possession of the space that surrounds it".


Ideal to be placed in the bathroom or next to the bathroom, so that you can comfortably wash the bottom. However, it is important that the place chosen for the change has everything at hand: diapers (it is better to have at least one spare near you, especially in the first changes), spare bodysuits and rompers, towels, detergents and anti-redness creams.

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How to wash baby's bottom

As pediatrician Viviana Barberis explained to, "if the baby has only peed when changing the diaper, you can simply rinse it with water." Diarrhea or in the presence of erythema, you can use a neutral, delicate detergent specifically for children ".

According to Barberis, the use of the detergent in the presence of feces is particularly important in the case of girls, to avoid the passage into the vaginal area of ​​germs coming from the gastrointestinal tract, which could alter the vaginal bacterial flora. Also for this reason, especially in girls, it is very important to always clean from front to back.

The skin then goes dried gently, by dabbing.

How to prevent and treat diaper rash

The rules of prevention of diaper rash are very simple:

  • Maintain the always clean skin, washing it at each change with warm water and mild liquid detergents, preferably oily;
  • Dry well before putting the clean diaper back, dabbing with a towel but without rubbing;
  • If possible try to leave the baby a little bit without a diaper.

Even when diaper rash occurs there are things to do - besides one thorough cleaning at each change - they are few and simple:

  • Leave the little one without a diaper as much as possible;
  • Do not over tighten the diaper: when possible, leave it loose for a while to improve ventilation at the bottom;
  • Protect the bottom with a zinc oxide cream, without exaggerating in quantity and frequency: a thin layer of a not too pasty product is enough to apply every now and then.
  • If erythema is present, avoid disposable wipes.

to know more

  • The first month of the newborn;
  • The third month of the newborn

  • remove the diaper
  • diaper change
  • diaper rash
  • child's agenda
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