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In the early days (especially if you are exclusively breast feeding), baby poop is pretty innocuous, but you still need to handle it properly! Here are my tips to make diaper changing go as smoothly as possible.
The Keekaroo Peanut is a total game changer. Unlike your conventional changing pad, you can simply wipe down the Keekaroo Peanut with a baby wipe or cleanser (I use Babyganics Toy and Highchair Cleaner). Conventional changing pads need to be covered with a sheet that needs to be changed every time a drop of pee or poo escapes on the changing table (i.e., very often).
I tried a bunch of natural diapers and Pampers Swaddlers, and The Honest Company diapers are hands down my favorite. (click here for a discount on your first Honest Company order). They come in cute patters, aren't bulky and are well elasticized, which means less blowouts. My son had the skinniest little legs until he reached about six weeks and these were the only diapers that were properly elasticized around his scrawny legs and kept the pee from streaming straight out. The Honest Company diapers don't have a wetness indicator, but I didn't miss having it.
The best deal that I have found on The Honest Company diapers is by ordering their diaper and wipes bundle directly (and the wipes are my favorite too, see below).
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If your baby soaks through diapers overnight (this happens as the number of ounces and hours of sleep both increase), you should give Pampers Baby Dry a try.
When I was pregnant, I researched all of the brands of natural diapers and thought that I would use Bambo Nature Diapers as they seemed to be the most natural, but I found them rather bulky.
FYI, when your baby does have a diaper blow out, take his/her onesie off by pulling it down, otherwise you will end up with poo in your baby's hair.
In the very beginning, I used disposable napkins from the hospital -- these are awesome - cut in half or thirds, wet and use as wipes at home (you may even put them in a wipes warmer. When you run out use Kleenex hand towels or Viva paper towels (I used the latter but it has since occurred to me that the former would be more convenient) instead.
The Honest Company wipes are thick, textured and moist, so you end up using less than you would with other brands. In the beginning, babies poo with almost every diaper change and often end up with rashes from your wiping. That is less likely to happen with this wipe than others because you don't have to work as hard with this wipe.
The OXO WipesDispenser is great. You can easily access wipes and they stay moist. I think it will save you money in the long run because it will keep your wipes moist and save you a few seconds with each change (which likely means less errant pee).
Diaper Creams and Ointments
I like The Honest Company's Healing Balm but it is expensive (I get every drop out by cutting off the top of the tube when it is nearly finished). Unpetroleum Jelly is a good alternative. These are both alternatives to Aquaphor, which is petroleum based.
Diapering on the Go
I really like my Skip Hop Pronto Changing Pad. It comes with a travel wipes carrier, wipes down easily and can be worn as a wristlet. Plus part of it zips off for when you need a really compact carry along.
Munchkin Arm and Hammer Disposable Changing Pads are great on the go (you don't want to put your diaper pad on one of those fold out diapering stations).
Munchkin Arm and Hammer Diaper Bag Dispenser is really convenient to have.
A change of clothes for the baby -- I like to keep them within a Zuca Utility Pouch (the ones with the clear front) within my diaper bag.
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