The cold and dry winter weather can be harsh on your baby’s delicate skin around the genitals. Whether you use cloth diapers or disposables, diaper care in the winter for your babies becomes more essential to ensure that this area stays dry and clean without losing its suppleness. Here are some simple winter diapering tips to follow.
Baby’s skin is very delicate and sensitive, and hence should be cared for very gently round the year. While every season brings with its own concerns for parents, winter can be comparatively more brutal on the skin of little ones. Cold, cough and flu are the most common diseases in this season, and the reason for same can be partly attributed to the improper genital care and negligence towards correct diapering.
Diapering Tips for Winters
With just a little more attention while changing diapers in winter, you can prevent your baby from potential seasonal infections. Here are the important diapering tips for the winter season:
1. Cloth Diapers vs. Disposable Diapers
Winter calls for frequent diaper changing and additional diaper care for babies, irrespective of which diaper you are using for your little one. Though both cloth and disposable diapers have their own advantages and disadvantages, it is advisable to use disposable ones in the winter. They have more absorbing capacity and keep the baby dry for a longer time. Also, they come handy during travel or emergencies.
Nevertheless, if you prefer cloth diapers, make sure they are completely dry and stain-free. One of the most important cloth diaper tips is that they must be cleaned and dried properly.
How to Dry Cloth Nappies in the Winter
The best way to dry out cloth diapers is to line dry them in the sun as the heat will kill the germs, lighten the stains and append to the life of the cloth. But since the sun is at its lowest intensity in winter, another alternative is to dry the cloth nappies using a dryer at low or medium temperature. If you live in an area with severe winter and have heating at home, you can also dry the nappies overnight.
One of the other important rules of diaper care in the winter is to keep baby’s bottoms moisturized all the time. Good quality moisturizer should be applied on babies after bath, during newborn diaper changes and before taking them outdoors. In case your baby has eczema, a medical consultation should be sought before applying any brand of moisturizer. Ideally, creams or ointments are better moisturizing options than lotions as they are greasier.
Note: Experts also advise that you give babies a bath less frequently in the winter to avoid over-drying and irritation of the skin. Giving a bath once every 2-3 days in warm water (not hot) is recommended. Follow up the bath with gentle drying and moisturiser.
3. Change Diapers Frequently to Prevent Diaper Rash
Usually, children pee more often in the chilly weather. Prolonged usage of a wet or soiled diaper can lead to nappy rash, or expose them to irritation and bacteria. Hence, to ease out your worries on winter care for diapered skin, you should follow some essential diaper changing tips.
Change the diapers at regular intervals.
Check every 1-2 hours if your baby requires a change.
Before you put on a new diaper, clean the genitals gently with disposable wipes or clean damp cloth and apply zinc oxide or petroleum jelly based ointments. This is one of the best solutions for how to prevent diaper rash.
4. Keep Baby Warm During Diaper Change
One concern during diaper change in winters is how to keep the baby warm. Since babies are prone to catching cold, exposing their skin to the chilly air can be risky. Some simple ways to do this are:
Use a room-heater to keep the temperature at a comfortable 24-25 degree celsius. Ensure that you keep the room hydrated using a humidifier since heaters can dry out the air
You can use an adult sock to cover your baby's legs during the change
Consider using a wipe warmer to warm up your regular baby wipes
Use a warm blanket under the changing table. Make sure you test that it is not too hot for your baby
5. Allow Diaper-free Time
24/7 diapering during winter can cause friction or generate heat rashes in babies. Hence, diaper-free time is very crucial to expose your baby’s bottom to the air. Leave your baby’s tush bare and free for about 10-15 minutes every day.
MOMMY SPEAK: Our mom blogger Pooja Kawatra tried this tip for diapering her baby in winter. She says, "This one is a bit tricky but you can try this if possible for you. It helped me toilet train my kids faster and also gave their skin some breathing time."
6. Dress in Breathable Bottoms
Just because it is winter, you need not cuddle up your baby in layers of clothes. This is one of the commonest winter clothing mistakes made by parents. Instead, dress them up in full legged, warm yet breathable and comfortable pajamas, leg warmers or pants. Avoid tight fitting bottoms, as they can interfere with diapers and cause uneasiness in the baby.
With these diapering tips for winter, you can rest assured that your baby smiles his or her way through the cold months!