Michelle McCann is a semi professional juggler of life. Mum, Wife, Friend. Chatterbox and social media type. She’s also a blogger and the BritMums Style round-up editor. Bepanthen asked her to try their nappy care ointment and to give her bedtime tips. In this sponsored post, hear what Michelle has to say …
Now that we are weaning our little one, the inevitable has happened: he’s developed nappy rash. Sometimes no matter how hard you try, their little bottoms get red and sore.
Having had two children already, we have a really good idea of what works for us…and for them. Here are my tips and tricks on the bedtime routine, and protecting against nappy rash as part of this.
How we get organised for nappy changes
We have two nappy boxes – one for the cloth nappies and one for the disposables (we use a combination). As we have two boys in nappies, it is essential for hygiene that they have their own nappy creams in their boxes, and in their change bag pods too. We use Bepanthen Nappy Care Ointment as it helps protect against the causes of nappy rash, instead of using a cream that just treats it once it’s already appeared. We have one change bag for the boys, but two pods in different colours to ensure that we are not faffing around when out and know whose is whose.
I have started to talk to my youngest during nappy changes so that he becomes aware of what is happening.
Our daytime nappy strategy
For each nappy change we make sure that we wipe and clean thoroughly. If it’s a stubborn clean, we use reusable cloth wipes (like flannels) to ensure everything is fresh and tidy. You know how a weaning poo is different from a baby poo, and the same can be said for toddlers. We let the boys air dry if needed and pop on a bit of Bepanthen Nappy Care Ointment. The great thing about Bepanthen is that you don’t need to use too much to create a gentle, transparent layer to protect against the causes of nappy rash. Pop on your choice of nappy and the baby and toddler are raring to go. That’s if they haven’t tried to crawl off mid change!
With two little ones to get ready for nursery and school, you can imagine how hectic things get! We particularly love our Sunday bath routine – main bath day! I remember this from my childhood and now it’s a routine in our house too. We have the dreaded hair wash and try to keep everyone as calm as possible. It makes us feel ready and prepared to take on the week.
Our nighttime nappy routine
Before any Bepanthen is put on I warm the tube by rolling it in my hands; obviously bedtime nappies are on the longest amount of time so I am usually a bit more generous with the cream, making sure there is an adequate barrier to protect his delicate skin. Bepanthen is kind to bottoms – its formulation is free from fragrance, preservatives, colours and antiseptics, so it can be used at every bedtime nappy change – even on the most sensitive of skins.
Then it’s the job of trying to settle three children around 8pm. Now that Fizz is old enough to read to herself, she snuggles down with a book while we pop the two boys to bed first. I breastfeed Beatlebum — that it is a relatively easy transition to snooze land. Then Fizz gets tucked in, just in time for the grownups to have a bit of relaxation before our bedtime arrives as well.
My top tips to help protect against nappy rash and make sure our little bottoms are as comfy as can be:
- Make sure you clean thoroughly. A wet flannel or cloth wipe can often be a bit kinder to skin than scented wet wipes. Water wipes are also a fab alternative to wet wipes.
- Use a really good protective cream. Bepanthen is a really reasonably price and lasts for ages. The ointment not only helps to protect babies’ bottoms from the causes of nappy rash, but cares for it with pro-vitamin B5, which helps the natural recovery of skin whilst keeping it moisturised. Try and make sure you have a tube for each child if, like me, you have more than one child in nappies.
- Let your child roam free. Yes, there is always that worry if they’ll have an accident on the floor, but it is really important to get some air to that toosh!
- If nappy rash does occur and reoccurs often, then it’s a great idea to start a food diary and write down the reactions your little one has. Consult your GP if the problem persists.