Some of the most common questions we have about parenting are really the day-to-day, down and dirty questions. The basic answer to any parenting questions is to listen to your baby and your instincts. Never hesitate to ask someone what worked for them, use what you need and throw away the rest.
Whether you use cloth diapers, disposables or a combination, your baby will usually need at least 8-12 diapers per day. Some babies will use more diapers than others, some less. You will need to have a few small sized diapers available, knowing your baby will quickly outgrow them. I usually recommend buying two packages of newborn sized diapers. Cloths diapers can make it expensive to buy the extra sizes. Many cloth families choose to either use disposables or a service for the first few weeks until your baby fits in a more average size. If people wish to give diapers as gifts, ask for variety small size (not newborn).
Diapering a newborn is not difficult. Always have the clean ones handy and bring everything you need to one spot before removing the old diaper. Ensure baby is on a safe surface and do not leave the baby unattended, even small babies can roll. For beginners I usually recommend stripping the baby entirely! This saves you some laundry in the end. Boys and girls can spray you, so beware!
- How to Diaper a Baby - Diapering Instructions
- Reasons to Cloth Diaper
- New Baby Diaper Chart
- Before You Buy Diapers
- Stop the Diaper Changing Battles
Umbilical Cord Care
Your practitioner should tell you exactly how they want you to care for the cord, but let's go over the basics.
The cord needs to be clean to prevent infection. Signs of infection include:
- Foul odor
The cord will fall off within a few weeks.
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