How can I give my 1 year old son nappy free time?

Fiona - posted on 04/20/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )




My son doesn't crawl and has only just mastered standing up with assistance. He rolls around the floor and doesn't do much else. However we use pampers disposable nappies and I have found rather irritated "chaff" marks where the nappy is rubbing. I bath him every night and put his nappy straight on him. I have never given him nappy free time as I was always scared that either one of us would get soaked! But with this hot weather we're having, I'm concerned it might irritate it and get worse. Any suggestions on how I can implement nappy free time? Thanks :) x


Krista - posted on 04/20/2011




If he doesn't crawl, that actually makes your job a bit easier. Just put down a towel on top of a change pad, give him some toys to play with, and let his junk breathe free. If he pees, he pees...just change the towel.

Or, if it's nice out, find a shady, grassy spot in your yard, and let him be nekkid in the grass. :)

If the diaper is irritating him, is it possible that he needs a bigger size?

Dana - posted on 04/20/2011




I would switch diapers. I use pampers baby dry now but, I tried pampers max dry and that gave him some odd marks that looked like chemical burns.
So, it could just be something in a particular brand or style of diaper that's irritating him. Of course you could go nappy free at this age but, you'll be looking at quite a mess pretty often.


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Bonnie - posted on 04/20/2011




Sometimes bathing them every day can cause this with their skin being so sensitive. Maybe you can try bathing him only every second or third day? Maybe some baby powder or Vaseline will help too if you don't already use it?

Elfrieda - posted on 04/20/2011




Something that helps with the fear of spraying pee is little underpants. It's a little protective layer between your baby's spout and the world, but it doesn't prevent air circulation. I've brought him into my bed like that, and just sat him on a change pad.

Elfrieda - posted on 04/20/2011




Exactly what the others have said.

I usually spend several minutes each time I change a diaper making faces, putting various boxes on my son's head and feet, singing, he waves around hangers and plays with whatever happens to be nearby, and basically we just wile the time away while he's bare-bummed either lying down or sitting on the change table. I've been peed on a few times, but it's not the end of the world. :)

He's prone to diaper rash, and a little airtime each change helps prevent it. I'm going to wait until it's warm out, then let him run around outside all naked. Now that he's such a mover, I'm frightened to just let him loose in the house! Before he could crawl, it was easy, I just did what Krista said.

September - posted on 04/20/2011




You could also put a little vaseline in the areas where you're noticing the irritation. It may be that he has sensitive skin and the rubbing back and forth of the diaper on his skin is causing the irritation. The vaseline will sooth that and also acts as a shield against the rubbing. Good luck!

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