“Debunked Myths: Diapers, Wipes & More”

by Nicole Bloomberg, MBA
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Newborns are complex, leaving parents overwhelmed and confused by all the conflicting advice, perceptions and myths about diapers, wipes & more. I debunked a lot of things for anyone with questions about diapers and woes so we can all feel confident as we navigate the confusing world of babies together through Pink & Blue

DIAPERS

Some people swear that certain diapers are better for different sexes of babies and having two girls, I was given tons of advice as to which brands of diapers would be best for them. I knew people loved Huggies but, I wasn’t sure if they would work for my girls. This is myth #1: Certain diapers are better for boys and certain diapers are better for girls.

After attending a Huggies event, I quickly realized that Huggies are perfect for all babies – boys and girls alike. To be honest, I was really blown away by the Huggies products. Huggies® diapers offer outstanding skin care and are designed to let your baby’s skin breathe.

I got to learn more about Huggies® Little Snugglers diapers https://www.huggies.com/en-ca/diapers/little-snugglers and some of my fav features of these diapers were the Improved Pocketed Back Waistband that helps to keep the mess inside where it belongs (because who hasn’t had a major poo-splosion that they would have done anything to avoid!?), and the Umbilical Cord Cut-out (Preemie and Newborn only) which is perfectly shaped to protect healing belly-buttons.

Huggies® Little Snugglers diapers also feature the following:

1. GentleAbsorb® Liners and Softer Outer Cover – (sizes Preemie – Size 2) which have tiny, soft pillows that provide a cushiony layer of protection between your baby’s skin and the mess. My girls had crazy sensitive skin so protecting their tiny little bums was my top priority. Bonus points for the diapers being super soft.

2. Simple Formula – Fragrance and lotion free. Don’t know about you guys but I love a product that is simple and clean. Period.

3. Leak Lock System – Offers your baby 12 hours of leakage protection for dry, healthy and comfortable skin. There is literally nothing worse than a diaper rash so anything us parents can do to prevent them is a HUGE bonus.

WIPES

Wipes can be just as confusing as diapers- water wipes vs. formulated wipes (with Aloe + Vitamin E to protect babies skin) – the information is so confusing! I have friends that will only use water to wash their babies’ bums and think other wipes cause rashes. Which bring us to Myth #2: Wipes can dry out and irritate skin!

After sitting down with Huggies research & development expert, Angela Johnston, who helps formulate Huggies wipes, I learned that that Huggies wipes are specially formulated for sensitive skin, offer an effective clean and help keep baby’s skin naturally healthy – whereas water wipes tend to  dry the skin and therefore don’t provide the protection we want for those tiny behinds.We should be looking for wipes that are dermatologically-tested, hypoallergenic and Paraben-free, fragrance free, and alcohol free. Angela recommends Huggies Natural Care® Wipes because they are actually made with 99% water, with Aloe and Vitamin E for replenishing sensitive skin https://www.huggies.com/en-ca/wipes/natural-care

Some other great wiping tips she shared that I loved learning about were:

  • Make sure you wipe your baby’s bum well – clean off all pee and poo to keep your little one’s skin clear.
  • If you can, it’s great to give your baby some time to air dry before putting on a new diaper. Ideally let them have 15-30 seconds.
  • Always wipe from front to back – this was an especially good tip for my girls (and all girls)

I’ve actually been using Huggies wipes FOR-EVER In addition to using them as diaper wipes, I also love them for cleaning up and always have them on hand in the car for any quick messes that need a quick clean up like art projects with my girls!

SKIN-TO-SKIN & CUDDLES

Skin-to-skin is the practice of hugging and holding your newborn baby against your bare chest. It’s one of the most important things you can do to bond with your baby. There’s no question that this is a really important part of the beginning of a babies life but there are a lot of misconceptions about how long moms needs to do skin-to-skin with their babies. This brings us to our final myth #3 – Skin-to-skin is only important right after birth.

( In the picture above we got to feel what it is like to be hugged by wearing this vest to experience what a baby feels, which was very cool)

The truth is that babies benefit from skin-to-skin contact even a few months after birth. Any time you can give baby some quality time on mom or dad is a good time! I remember spending hours cuddling my girls and incorporating skin-to-skin in our daily routine and baby massage after their shower. It also helps to develop an emotional bond and provides security, which is why many parents are against crying it out or believe in co-sleeping. It is proven that emotional distress & depression can stem from crying it out or Ferber Method leads from a lack of security.

Skin-to-skin is proven to have an impact on:

• Babies heart rate

• Improved oxygen levels

• More stable body temperature

• Improved pain tolerance

• Improved sleep

• Faster weight gain

• Healthier brain development

Tips for enjoying skin-to-skin:

1. Make sure your baby is clean and is wearing a diaper when making skin-to-skin contact. Huggies are awesome because of how soft and cuddly they are.

2. For all new mamas out there, make sure that you have a “HUG PLAN” https://www.nobabyunhugged.huggies.com/PowerOfHugs/HugPlan– think of it as an extension of your existing birth plan to help maximize the opportunities for skin-to-skin hugging with your baby immediately after birth. Much like a birth plan, the Hug Plan helps parents outline their skin-to-skin care preferences post-birth to ensure their baby receives the hugs they need to thrive!

3. Find a time in your day every day to enjoy some skin-to-skin. Even a few minutes per day can help your baby enjoy all the amazing benefits of skin-to-skin.

Visit nobabyunhugged.ca and click on The Power of Hugs tab to download the Hug Plan for free and learn more about the power of touch.

Pink & Blue, what myths have you heard/had? Share some of the confusing advice you have been given with us below and let’s keep busting the myths around babies, diapers, wipes and everything Pink & Blue!

 

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