Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The World of Diapers

Our beautiful daughter joined our small family on New Year’s Day, 2009 just a few short minutes after midnight. My husband for jokingly hoping for a income tax baby, but our bundle of joy didn’t cooperate with him and came 57 minutes too late to qualify us for a tax break on our 2008 taxes. As we look back on that day over two years ago, we laugh about how our pondering tax breaks and even thinking about taxes was insignificant compared to the happiness and love that has entered all our lives since her birth.

From the first few minutes after being born, our beautiful daughter was immediately introduced to the wonderful world of diapers. In the distant past, there wasn’t much of a choice, you either used smelly cloth diapers or disposable diapers. Disposable diapers were considered low quality, but very convenient because you just tossed them out. Over the years, cloth diapers are almost non-existent now, and the norm now is disposable diapers. But there is such a huge assortment of disposable diapers, it can be a little overwhelming for new parents to choose the right disposable diaper for their youngster. Our daughter has very sensitive skin, so we were always worrying about diaper rash, and constantly using wipes after each diaper change, and buying large quantities of cream that kept her from coming down with the dreaded diaper rash. Having a good nose is great when it comes to changing diapers. I've kept the wipes and diapers where they can be easily reached.

Watching babies grow and mature is a gift to parents. You can watch each day as they learn new things and become amazed at their steady progress. After a few short months, your little wiggle-worm will become even more active and make their first moves toward crawling. We nicknamed our daughter Scooter during the time she was first learning to crawl. They will struggle at first to lift their little heads and flail their arms and legs about because they haven‘t developed a sense of coordination yet. But eventually they will catch on, and soon be on their way to crawling and walking.

But in those precious days that our little Scooter was merrily learning to crawl, we continued to happily change diapers, because the alternative was not pleasant. Your little bundle of joy quickly becomes less appealing when sporting a diaper that has needs changing. Diapers are an ever-present reminder that your little one is going through stages, and someday you’ll reach that point where diapers are no longer needed, after potty training has been determined a success. Scooter isn’t quite there yet, but she’s making steady progress.

We've tried different brands of diapers and we were always pleased with Huggies. They currently launched the Huggies Little Movers Slip-On Diapers which will make diaper changing easier.

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