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How To Diaper Your Baby: Step-By-Step Instructions

How To Diaper Your Baby: Step-By-Step Instructions

Being a parent is a wonderful experience, everyone says that. You learn who you are, and you learn what love is.

But sometimes it can be challenging.

In other words, it doesn’t come with a guide of instructions, especially if you are a parent for the first time in your life. You have to follow your instinct and ask for advice from people you really trust.

Becoming a parent brings a completely new kind of experience in your life, that makes you do everything it takes to raise your children. Trying to protect them from any challenge, working hard to give them everything they need and, yes, changing their diapers several times a day.

And if you have never diapered a baby, and this is your first time, you might be a bit scared or worried. But, here you will find all the steps to easily diaper your baby, so you have no need to panic. As Melissa Etheridge once said, “I don’t think anyone masters parenthood.”

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    1. Prepare

    Before you start make sure you have all the following items:
    – Patience
    – Ability to hold your breath (just kidding!)
    – A clean diaper
    – Sanitizer
    – Wet wipes and cloths
    – Towels
    – Petroleum Jelly or diaper ointment (to prevent rashes)
    – A garbage can where you will throw away the dirty diaper and wipes in a plastic bag.

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      2. Think that diapering is easy

      Yes, think it. If you start with a positive attitude, by knowing that you can do it as every parent does, you will be able to do it with almost no effort.

      3. Sanitize everything

      Sanitize and wash your hands, and the surface where you will put your baby.

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        4. Diaper your baby

        a. Open the new diaper and place the back side under the baby.

        The top of the back side should touch your baby’s waist.

        b. Put a clean cloth between the new diaper and the baby.

        This is to prevent the clean diaper from getting dirty.

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          c. Open the dirty diaper.

          Gently remove it and, using wet cotton balls or baby wipes, wipe your baby clean from the front to the back (never wipe from back to front, in order to avoid urinary tract infections).

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            d. If you find poop in the diaper, use another wipe and clean well the baby’s bottom.

            You can either lift the legs or turn the baby gently to one side and then to the other. After cleaning the baby, you can remove the dirty diaper and throw it away.

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              e. Let your baby’s skin air dry for two or three minutes.

              After doing this, you can gently apply diaper ointment or petroleum jelly on the skin, to avoid and prevent rashes.

              f. Remove the clean cloth between your baby and the clean diaper.

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                g. Fold the new diaper and close it.

                Pull the front side of the clean diaper up to the baby’s belly button, and close it.

                As you can see, it’s not that difficult, and after a few times you will become an expert. Practice will make your diaper changing technique perfect.

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                h. Wash your hands again.

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                  i. Sanitize

                  Remember to clean and sanitize the surface where you diapered your baby.

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                    Eric Church said, “Life doesn’t get more real than having a newborn at home.” While that is true, remember to have fun with it. This video shows a mom changing a diaper in under a minute. (Note that this video is just a joke, so always remember to wipe and clean your baby!)

                    Featured photo credit: Baby Boy Smiling via pixabay.com

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                    Published on July 22, 2021

                    20 Healthy and Tasty Family Meals Ideas to Try This Week

                    20 Healthy and Tasty Family Meals Ideas to Try This Week

                    It’s 5 p.m., and you’re exhausted. The kids are hungry, but no one knows what they want to eat for dinner. With very little energy, you force yourself into the kitchen and look through every cabinet, hoping for a spark of inspiration. Eventually, you toss a few ingredients together and hope for the best. It won’t win any prizes and falls short of what you consider “healthy,” but it fills everyone’s stomachs.

                    Feeding a family can be stressful, even tiresome. It’s hard to find the energy and creativity needed to cook healthy but simple family meals. It’s easy to fall into the “anything goes” mentality. When you’ve got a busy lifestyle, meals become more about survival and less about nutrition.

                    Here are 20 quick and healthy—but tasty—recipes followed by tips on making these family meals more nutritious. These recipes can help you have a healthy family meal on the table in an hour or less. Remember, swap ingredients out if someone in your family has dietary restrictions or if you avoid certain foods.

                    1. Mini Meatloaves With Green Beans and Potatoes

                      These miniature meatloaves come together quickly and cook faster, too. You can have a family favorite on the table, paired with seasoned potatoes and fresh green beans, in just 40 minutes.

                      Get the recipe here.

                      2. One-Pan Chicken Parmesan Pasta

                        This classic will taste like you spent hours cooking, but the preparation and clean-up couldn’t be quicker. One-pot cooking makes this dish practical, while fresh basil, parmesan, and garlic add a special touch.

                        To try this recipe, go here.

                        3. Sheet-Pan Chicken Fajitas

                          Skip the restaurant and make fajitas at home. The ingredients go on one sheet pan, meaning you won’t spend all night cleaning. Zesty chicken, bell peppers, and warm tortillas can be on the table in 40 minutes. Add sour cream, salsa, guacamole, lettuce, diced tomato, and any other favorite toppings.

                          Check out the recipe here.

                          4. Philly Cheese Steak Stuffed Peppers

                            Lose the carbs but keep the cheesesteak flavors with this quick family meal. Kids will love the pepper “bowls,” and you’ll love giving them a meal full of veggies and protein to keep them healthy.

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                            Try it tonight. Get the recipe here.

                            5. Chipotle Chicken Quinoa Burrito Bowl

                              This veggie-packed meal adds an extra boost by using the superfood quinoa instead of rice. Flavorful yet simple, this meal makes an excellent packable lunch or dinner for your whole family.

                              Find the recipe here.

                              6. Spinach and Chicken Skillet With Lemon and Parmesan

                                The complex flavors of lemon and parmesan come together nicely in this gourmet-like dish, but you don’t have to exert the effort or spend as much as a gourmet meal.

                                Get the recipe for this dish here.

                                7. Oven-Fried Fish and Chips

                                  Fish and chips can also sometimes be healthy as evident in this oven-fried version. You won’t miss the calories with this favorite family meal.

                                  You can find the recipe here.

                                  8. Pineapple-Teriyaki Chicken

                                    Tangy pineapple and sweet teriyaki will have everyone coming back for seconds. Frozen vegetables make this simple family dish even easier to make and enjoy.

                                    Find the recipe here.

                                    9. Mozzarella, Basil, and Zucchini Frittata

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                                      This egg dish is usually served for breakfast, but a frittata can make a fantastic dinner, too. High in protein, packed with zucchini, and delicious, there’s no reason to wait until morning.

                                      Try it tonight. Get the recipe here.

                                      10. Chicken and Sweet Potato Grill Packets

                                        Skip the pans and throw everything into foil with this fun family recipe. Kids will love loading ingredients into their pack, and you’ll love its versatility and simplicity.

                                        The recipe for this meal can be found here.

                                        11. Chicken and Spanish “Rice”

                                          Cauliflower takes the place of rice in this low-carb family meal, but it’s so flavorful and filling, no one will miss it.

                                          Find the recipe here.

                                          12. Honey Chicken Stir Fry

                                            This honey chicken stir fry is the healthier version of a restaurant favorite that can be served up quicker than you can order it.

                                            Find the recipe here.

                                            13. Chicken Skewers With Tzatziki

                                              Greek chicken and tzatziki sauce will have you yearning for the Mediterranean, but you can make this recipe at home for your family to enjoy.

                                              This easy recipe can be found here.

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                                              14. Healthy Walking Tacos

                                                Traditional walking tacos are a party favorite, but they’re not usually healthy. However, this recipe keeps it fun while making it more nutritious.

                                                Find out how to make it here.

                                                15. Slow-Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

                                                  This classic comfort meal can be ready when you walk in the door. All you have to do is add noodles, and it’s ready to serve.

                                                  The recipe can be found here.

                                                  16. Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole

                                                    This usually takes a little over an hour, but the preparation time is only 30 minutes. You’ll love how easy it is, and the cheesy rice is sure to please.

                                                    Find the recipe here.

                                                    17. Crockpot Rotisserie-Style Chicken

                                                      Skip the checkout line and have a rotisserie-style chicken ready at home. A staple in many quick meals, you might find this family meal recipe among your most-used.

                                                      Get the recipe for this flavorful chicken here.

                                                      18. Santa Monica Street Tacos

                                                        Named after a simple taco found on the streets of California, you’ll be surprised that something with only a few ingredients can be so flavorful. Your kids will surely enjoy them.

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                                                        Find the recipe here.

                                                        19. Pizza Pasta Salad

                                                          Enjoy the flavor of pizza without the hassle of making a crust. Use a fun pasta shape to make this even more appealing to your family, especially kids.

                                                          Try it tonight. Get the recipe here.

                                                          20. Slow-Cooker Lasagna Soup

                                                            Everyone loves lasagna, but it can be time-consuming and messy to make. However, this soup version has the taste you want but with the ease of a crockpot.

                                                            Get the recipe here.

                                                            Bonus: 3 Simple Ways to Make Meals Healthier

                                                            Eating healthy doesn’t have to take a lot of money, time, or thought. Any improvements are a big step in the right direction.

                                                            Here are three easy ways you can make meals healthier for your family.

                                                            1. Lose the Sugar

                                                            Are you looking to improve your health? Cut processed sugars from your diet—the more, the better, and that includes artificial sweeteners.[1] Why? Studies show that sugar increases the risks for weight gain, heart disease, acne, type-2 diabetes, depression, cancer, fatty liver disease, cellular aging, and low energy levels.[2]

                                                            2. Avoid Highly Processed Foods

                                                            Many processed foods are fine to eat. Even fresh fruit and vegetables go through some processing to stay fresh longer. However, highly processed foods have added salt, sweeteners, saturated fats, preservatives, and artificial colors. These types of food have been linked to heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.[3]

                                                            3. Replace Simple Carbs for Complex Carbs

                                                            Lowering daily carbs can do wonders for your health. Studies show that low-carb diets lead to lower insulin levels, lower bad cholesterol levels, visceral fat loss, weight loss, reduced appetite, and can be therapeutic for many brain disorders.[4]

                                                            When eating carbs, choose complex carbs over simple carbs. Simple carbs, such as white flour, rice, and degermed cornmeal, lack nutrients and spike blood sugar levels. Complex carbs, such as sweet potato, brown rice, and oats, are usually more nutritious and aren’t digested as quickly, giving more sustained energy and less of an insulin spike.[5]

                                                            Enjoy Family Meals With Less Stress!

                                                            Dinner can be enjoyable again now that you’re armed with simple and nutritious recipes for your family. These healthy and tasty family meal recipes can help you feel even better about what you serve. Best of all, you’ll have the extra time and energy you saved from cooking and spend more time with your family.

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