By Lisa Lombardi
Changing diapers is a rite of passage for every new parent. But don't worry. You'll get really good at it in no time because you'll be changing so many of them! Read on for some great diapering advice.
How to become a diapering pro
No one is an instant expert at diapering. And each baby has her own opinion about the whole process: Some will lie still, some will wiggle, some will kick and scream- and most will do all three. Here are some tips to make diapering a snap:
Go for a snug fit. Disposable diapers come with tape or Velcro strips attached to the back panel that fasten in the front. When fastening a disposable diaper, make sure it's not too tight. You don't want to constrict your baby's tummy. But left too loose, even the most expensive elasticized disposable will leak.
Secure the diaper with safety pins. To prevent a pin from sticking your baby, keep your fingers between the pin and baby's skin- better that you get stuck than baby. And always check the pin to make sure it is securely locked. Add protective plastic or nylon pants or a diaper cover for added security and waterproofing.
In the swim?
Say "no" to ordinary diapers when it comes to playtime in the swimming pool. Diapers are for protection, not swimming. They'll quickly absorb water and become too heavy. What's more, they pose a sanitary problem. Select a baby swimsuit or disposable diapers that are specially designed for swimming instead, and change baby's diaper immediately before going into the water.
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