Diaper rashes are a tricky thing. Just when you think you've got them beat, they creep in and take over in a matter of minutes when a strong-willed two-year-old simply refuses to be changed. That's why it's always best to be prepared, in life and in diapers!
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1) Change Often
Some babies can't stand being in a wet diaper and will let you know right away it's time for a new one. Still, others are perfectly content with a full diaper for hours on end, so make sure to change pee diapers at least every 2-3 hours and poop as soon as it's detected. If you hear your newbie grunting in the middle of the night and it's pretty clear what's happened, as much as it pains you to disturb this precious slumber, you will regret not doing so when your baby is crying every time they pee due to a diaper rash.
Even though Vaseline, Aquaphor, and A&D Clear Protectant are close cousins, I recommend Vaseline for the frugal mama. I didn't have much success with Aquaphor or A&D as a diaper rash remedy, but as a barrier to the skin, they do the trick. As a new and frazzled Mama, I fell prey to marketing and just grabbed off the shelf. Sometimes we automatically think more expensive means better. Had I known from the start Vaseline works just as well and is less expensive, I would have never used anything else.
3) Add Essential Oils
When your baby is 6 months old, start adding Lavender and Tea Tree Essential Oils to the coconut oil spray. Continue to use a skin protector at every diaper change, but limit the use of essential oils to once or twice per day. Lavender is a natural antiseptic, fungicide substance that will stop rashes dead in their tracks. Its anti-inflammatory properties will also help calm baby’s irritated skin. It is extremely important that essential oils are properly diluted, especially for topical use on children. Add 3 oz. of filtered water, 4 oz. of coconut oil, 20 drops of Lavender, and 10 drops of Tea Tree to an 8 oz. spray bottle.
Visit the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy for essential oil safety guidelines at https://naha.org/explore-aromatherapy/safety.
Now you should be able to prevent most rashes, but if one gets away from you (they can come on quick) check out the best way to resolve them fast!
What have you used that helped prevent diaper rashes? Please let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading!
Hi! I'm Nicki, a full time working Mama in a fast-paced male dominated industry. I blog for a creative outlet and to help moms like you make this parenting journey a little easier!
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