Tips for Your Baby’s Bottom

Every baby is unique. But the basics of caring for your newborn baby's bottom stays the same. Here are some tried-and-tested tips from healthcare experts* that will help you keep your baby’s skin in the pink of health.
*Content provided by healthcare experts, and reviewed by Dr. Wong Boh Boi, Baby Care Consultant and a pioneer of confinement nanny training in Singapore, who has over 30 years of experience in antenatal and baby care.

Tip 1: Remove stubborn poo on skin with baby oil

If there's poo that has dried up or hardened and is stuck on your baby's bottom, apply some baby oil to soften it before washing away with running water.

Tip 2: Warm cold baby wipes with your hands before cleaning your newborn

Wet wipes can feel cold on the skin when left in air-conditioned rooms.

To avoid startling your baby with a chilly sensation, warm baby wipes in the palms of your hands before wiping their bottom.

Tip 3: Have a separate bathtub for post-poo washing

Set up 2 different bathtubs -- one for washing after your baby poos and another for bathing. This way, you won't have to worry about contamination by bacteria such as E.coli.

Tip 4: Ensure baby’s clothes do not irritate skin

Avoid baby clothes with stitched logos, seams and embroidered tags as these can irritate your baby’s delicate skin.

Tip 5: Use your wrist to test water temperature

When you are bathing your little one or washing their bottom, test the water temperature with the inside of your wrist where the skin is thinner instead of your elbow.

Alternatively, you could use a bath thermometer to get the most accurate temperature.

Tip 6: Smooth out inner flaps of diaper for better comfort

Run your fingers on the inside of the diaper at the waist and thigh areas to ensure that the flaps and elastic bands are flat against your baby's skin.

Any creased flaps can cause abrasion on your baby's skin, while elastic bands not adjusted properly can lead to leakage.

Tip 7: Baby has thunder thighs? Make sure the diaper fits the thighs first

If your baby has big thighs and weight isn’t a good gauge for diaper size, get a bigger diaper that suits the thighs and adjust the tapes to fit the waist.

Or, you can wear the diaper lower by 1/2 inch on your baby's waist so it fits well on the thighs.

Tip 8: Use 1-2 drops of “no rinse” baby soap for baths

It doesn't take a bubbly bath to get your baby fresh and clean. In fact, too much soap may be harsh on your newborn's skin.

All your baby need is 1-2 drops of “no rinse” baby soap.


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