Disclaimer: The following is parenting advice from Dads just getting by. Always consult with a medical professional or financial expert before taking anyone else’s advice, especially ours.
What’s the biggest challenge parents face today? Protecting children in an increasingly dangerous world? Teaching kids to be kind, upstanding members of society? Equipping them to compete in the global marketplace!?…No….it’s poop.
Of all the trials and tribulations you’ll face as a parent, being prepared to deal with diapers is the most crucial skill to learn. Here are 5 tips to help see you through, may God have mercy on your soul.
1. Do the math and buy in bulk
Ah diaper math…the joy of calculating just how much money you’ll literally be throwing in the trash for the next several years. The average newborn can soil upwards of 10 diapers a day or more. We changed our daughter around feedings, so figure about once every 2-3 hours. The average diaper costs around 26 cents per unit, saving a few pennies adds up quickly so buy in bulk wholesale if you’re able.
Do yourself a favor and stock up on diapers and wipes, there’s nothing worse than running low or being caught without any diapers and needing to run to a convenience store in the middle of the night. Pay attention to user reviews and ratings for all the baby items you buy, especially diapers and wipes. No sense in trying to save money on discount diapers that break easily or have absorbency issues. They aren’t worth the headache.
2. Save money elsewhere
Pro-Tip you can save yourself a few extra bucks by skipping the ‘Wipe Warmer’, when the baby is brand new it’s easy to get carried away with catering to your young one, but you’ll quickly find that using a machine to hold wipes and keep them at room temperature is overkill. We found our wipe warmers got disgusting quickly despite washing them periodically, the warmth and moisture is a recipe for disaster. Try sitting on the pack of wipes for a minute instead.
Same goes for the Bottle Warmer for all you formula users out there. We ended up with a fancy steam warmer that we stopped using once we realized that room temperature baby water and formula were already a perfectly pleasant temperature.
3. Double up on disposal
Again, the frequency of hot drops coming from your baby will astound you. Chances are you’ll quickly grow tired of trekking across your home to a single diaper changing station, especially if the trip involves lugging an infant up and down stairs.
Try setting up multiple places where you can change the baby’s oil that are a bit more convenient. We keep a small basket with diapers, wipes, and a changing pad near our sofa. Multiple ‘diaper genie’ disposal systems are a life-saver, keeping them close by saves time and they work surprisingly well suppressing stinky solids.
4. Use Protection
Speaking of diaper changing pads, if you don’t place some type of protective layer down on your sofa, bed, or changing table you’re asking for trouble. Accidents happen and sooner or later something is going to leak or spill out of the diaper mid-procedure. Changing pads have saved me more times than I can count in our first year. Trust me and don’t leave home without one.
5. Plan ahead for “Blowouts”
A “Blowout” is when poop makes its way out of a diaper. In many cases waste ends up splattered on the baby’s clothes and consequently their legs and back. As I’ve learned from personal experience finding poop at the top of my baby’s shoulders, it’s best to assume that poop can end up absolutely anywhere after a breach.
But how could this happen you might ask? Surely some explosive material or igniting force must have been at work to cause such destruction. The truth is that we know more about the strange life in the depths of the ocean floor than ‘blowout’ science. You can try using the right size diaper and fastening it securely but believe me that is still no guarantee.
All you can do is have the right tools on hand for when containment fails. Always have an extra change of clothes on hand in addition to the standard backup diaper and wet wipes. Carefully remove clothing and ‘roll’ inward to avoid further spills and spread. An opaque seal-able bag can be used to temporarily store soiled onesies and socks until you’re mentally prepared to wash or toss the mess away. Finally, move up bath time and perform a deep clean asap.