The first time I held my newborn baby my life changed. The pure, innocent tiny person lying in my arms needed my protection.
Just like us babies absorb chemicals applied to their skin. The last thing you want to do is add toxins to your baby’s sensitive skin.
The diaper areas is a real problem area and so many poor babies get diaper rash. And no wonder.
The diapers are loaded with chemicals.
The wipes are so bad that the hospital where my daughter was born have stopped using them.
On top of this we apply baby care products that are full of potentially harmfull toxins.
You don’t have to go down that road. You can choose a natural, organic option for your baby.
Most babies suffer from diaper rash at some point. My youngest daughter started developing a rash when she was just 3 days old.
Some people think that diaper rash is part of being a baby but I don’t think that we as parents should settle for that. After all a baby who does not wear a diaper does not develop a diaper rash.
Here are some really great ways to heal and avoid diaper rash.
Can the cause be in diapering?
- Do not use wipes, they are full of chemicals, instead wash your baby with plain water.
- Change often, especially after bowels movement. Modern disposable diapers are so absorbent that the babies don’t get wet and you might feel that you don’t need to change.
- Do not use perfumed lotions or salves.
- Leave the diaper off as much as possible. Put the changing mat on the floor with a cloth diaper or towel on top and lay your baby down without a diaper, bottoms up. Make sure your baby does not get cold. To air out the rash is not just good for the diaper rash; your baby will love it. It’s comfortable and it’s much easier to move around.
Or maybe the cause is in the diapers themselves.
Disposable diapers are loaded with chemicals, perfumes and gel. The cause of the rash may very well be in the diapers.
- Try a different brand of diapers.
That’s how easy it can be to get rid of the rash sometimes. If your baby is sensitive to a chemical in one diaper a different brand might not contain that chemical.
- Try gel-free diapers.
The absorbent gel is said to be one of the biggest reasons that babies develop a diaper rash. The gel is so absorbent that it removes the water not only from the waste but also from your baby’s skin.
- Use cloth diapers.
I have 3 kids and still I’m a fan of cloth diapers.
If you buy second hand or organic cloth diapers you are sure that your baby is not rapped in chemicals anymore. Using cloth diapers is easy especially if you use fitted diapers. There is no folding involved, simply put on a diaper and a diaper cover.
- Try infant potty training.
The ultimate way to get rid of diaper rash is of course to get rid of diapers. If your baby is less than 6 months it is well worth a try. My daughter actually peed the very first time I put her on the potty, she was then 2 months old. I did not get her potty trained that early. I simply found that infant potty training was not for me. But we found our own solution. Every time I changed her I also put her on the potty. This saved us the rash causing poop diapers as she decided to do her “heavy” needs on the potty.
Baby wipes are loaded with chemicals. Have you ever turned the package around the looked at the ingredients label? It’s disgusting. But what can you expect from a paper tissue that stays wet for years. Not very natural is it.
But baby wipes are great to:
- remove stains
- give your baby a diaper rash
I use baby wipes to clean the table and the kitchen floor after my kids have had a drawing session. It works great. A friend of mine even removed an oil stain on the car seat with baby wipes.
But would I use them on my baby’s skin? No way!
Instead I just wash her with water. I hold her under the running tap. Of course I’m very careful with the temperature.
At first I kept a small pack of baby wipes in the diaper bag. Just in case I ended up changing my daughter somewhere where there was no water. Well as it turns out that after nine months it still hasn’t happened.
Once there was no running water. But paper tissue and water from a water bottle did the job. So the last couple of baby wipes are in the bin too.