Diapering Boys vs. Diapers Girls
Changing-table tips every new parent should know
After having two daughters, Joyce Megginson Kircher of Merritt Island, FL, considered herself a diapering pro. That is, until her son Chris came along and squirted her in the face! Some changing-table tips for
First drape a clean diaper, washcloth, or paper towel over his penis to avoid the spray Kircher got.
Lift up and thoroughly clean the areabeneath your son's scrotum every timeyou wipe him, says Linda Dockery, charge nurse at the newborn nursery at LomaLinda University Children's Hospital, in California.
As you put on the fresh diaper, direct his penis downward and toward the center to prevent leaks from the top or sides. (And don't be surprised if your guy has a little erection--it's totally normal.)
Clean from the top of her labia down to the anus, checking the folds in between.
If you see a sticky substance in the vagina's folds, just wipe it away. It's most likely vernix, which protects a baby's skin in the womb and can reappear as it's secreted from the vagina.
At bathtime, rinse the area really well and skip the soap (you can clean with Cetaphil if you want more than just water). Soap has been blamed for an increase in urinary-tract infections in girls.