I wonder how many of Jay’s nappies I have changed to date. Obviously quite a lot in 15 months and thankfully he’s never had any nappy rash. I remember the very first nappy change at the hospital which didn’t go as planned as I was so nervous under the watchful eye of the Midwife and I had put the nappy on the wrong way! but what I did know was that babies skin is thinner as their immune systems are developing and like any parent I wanted to protect my newborn’s skin and keep him soft, healthy and moisturised.
I used water and cotton wool only for the first two weeks of Jay’s life but I had already decided I was going to use Sudocrem Antiseptic Healing Cream at each nappy change even though he wasn’t suffering from any rash. I was therefore really keen when recently asked if I wanted to try their latest barrier cream Sudocrem Care and Protectwhich won Product of the Year 2015 in the Winner Nappy Cream category. It’s gentle yet effective and can be used daily at every nappy change even on newborn babies. I wish I had started using this cream sooner as I prefer it to the thicker antiseptic cream and a little really does go a long way. The tube is quick and easy to use and it’s mess free with a hinged flip top. It’s unlikely to spill out into your changing bag. The traditional waxy cream has a stronger smell to Care & Protect which is smoother in texture and has a clean scent.
The Official Description
Sudocrem Care & Protect is a nappy rash ointment, designed specifically for babies and offers TRIPLE PROTECTION against the causes of nappy rash by:
1. Creating a protective barrier that seals in the skin’s natural moisture and protects even the most delicate skin against external irritants.
2. Conditioning the skin- Vitamin E and Pro Vitamin B5 helps to protect the skin and keep it soft, healthy and moisturised. Pro Vitamin B5 has been shown to act as an anti-inflammatory on skin, and acts both as a moisturiser and an aid to stimulate the skin’s natural healing processes.
3. Guarding against infection- As well as sealing in the good stuff, Sudocrem Care & Protect acts as a barrier to protect delicate skin from the bad stuff, like the chemicals in urine and poo, and from chafing and rubbing.
I do think it’s a tad pricey 100g tube £9.99 | 40g tube £5.45 | 30g tube £3.99 but then I’ve been using it now for a couple of weeks and it’s been doing a grand job. I’ve not really made a dent in the tube so to speak. For me this is an essential item for any parent in stopping nasty nappy rash.
The Lullaby Trust is a charity that provides specialist support to bereaved families, promotes advice on safer baby sleep, and raises awareness of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
Their first ever national campaign Safer Sleep Week has been launched aimed at empowering parents and letting them know that there are pro-active measures they can take to reduce the chances of SIDS. I remember the the term ‘Cot death’ was commonly used in the past but this has been abandoned as SIDS does not just occur when a baby is asleep in their own cot.
Sadly, SIDS affects around 270 babies and toddlers in the UK every year. Evidence shows there are steps parents can take to greatly reduce the chances of this happening. This is why this campaign is really important. I personally have never co-slept with baby Jay at night as he pretty much slept happily in his moses basket and then his cot when we moved him to his nursery. I did and still do love having cuddles with him on the sofa snuggled up all nice and warm but in my post natal phase due to me feeling so tired I would place him at arm’s length in the moses basket as soon as he drifted off. Around half of all UK mums co-sleep with their baby at some time after all is it one way to get more rest for part of the night or during the day especially if breastfeeding the baby.
I have read heartbreaking stories and no parent should have to face such a tragedy. For new parents and parents to be there are free online resources from The Lullaby Trust for information on a number of topics.
My personal view is that as every baby is different it’s worth taking some time to be informed whatever you choose to do. Take what you learn with what you think can work the best for you and your family and let us all keep our babies safe as possible.
I had a feeling my child of Pisces would love splish splashing around in the pool and my assumption was correct. He is a water sign after all but to be fair all babies are born with the natural ability to swim and are perfectly adapted to immersion in water. We all know that swimming is an important must learn life skill and unlike my other half who swims daily I’m not that confident in the water. I managed a swimming proficiency of 25m at school but that’s about it, if my feet can’t touch the bottom of the pool or the sea then it’s game over.
I was advised to take Jay swimming after his immunisations but I’ve since discovered that you don’t need to wait and can go anytime unless your baby is unwell. Most pools start swimming classes at 3 months and many mums prefer to wait until then to take their baby for a swim. The decision is entirely up to you. Jay had his first official pool visit at 6 months old with Daddio and he took to it brilliantly there were no tears and although he managed to splash his own face with water a couple of times he didn’t cry. He was as happy as Larry whoever Larry is.
Jay and his Daddio
If you’re thinking of heading to the pool here’s a couple of pointers that I hope will help:
Consider the timing of your visit. Choose a time when the pool is quieter some leisure centres have a baby pool and if it doesn’t probably best to avoid busy lane sessions.
You may find you need to sign a form at the Leisure centre if you or family/friend is going to take photos of baby swimming. This is the World we live in now.
Might be an idea to get your swimming cossie on underneath your clothes before you leave the house to save time when you get to the pool.
Try and grab a bay with a table as it’s quite tricky trying to change baby in one without one basically!
We packed 2 towels for Jay one to dry him immediately after coming out of the pool and one to put him down onto after drying. It’s no fun getting changed on a wet towel.
We chose Huggies disposable nappies which worked really well and Jay wore his funky swimming shorts over the nappy. Regular readers of my blog will know the Jay bird suffers from reflux. I was more worried about the milk throw ups than the possible nappy leak incidents! I had to make sure we waited 30 mins after feeding him and then we made our short drive to the pool.
The pool temperature should not be too cold it should be at least 30 degrees celsius or warmer. If you think it’s too cold then check with the staff.
When you get in the pool for the first time, smile and talk to your baby. It’s really important that you are calm as they’ll take their cues from you. Get your shoulders under the water and hold your baby so the water covers their chests. Through the session, try alternating between holding your baby very close, with lots of reassuring skin-to-skin contact, then at arm’s length so they can move freely and feel a bit more independent. Singing songs and play gentle games with your baby, blowing bubbles and splashing water over baby’s tummy and baby’s head.
We restricted his visit in the water to 20 minutes and made sure he was warm and cosy afterwards as babies lose heat quicker than adults.
Jay usually ready for a drink immediately after swimming, thirsty work! so I feed him before we head home. There is the added benefit that he naps for longer after a visit to the pool which means I can actually have a warm mug of coffee for once and even manage to eat a meal when it’s hot and you mummies know what I mean!.
Do you enjoy taking your babies swimming and have you tried structured swimming classes?