Friday, November 8, 2013

Top 5 Heiney Products for Your Baby

Protecting your baby's "full moon" is challenging. We are constantly buying diapers and ointments to keep Emily's derrière clean and free from irritations.

Below is a list of my top five heiney products for babies. I purchased all of these items on my own and the opinions I have expressed are my own.

My Favorite Heiney Products for Babies

1. Pampers Swaddlers

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) that Emily stayed in for 67 days used Pampers products. I've been a Pampers mom ever since.

Emily was born weighing one pound eight ounces. Her first diaper looked like a panty liner. As she grew, so did her diapers. We started using Pampers Swaddlers Sensitive - Size Newborn, but gradually grew into Pampers Swaddlers Size One. Emily is currently 14 pounds and wears Size Two.

I have found Pampers Swaddlers to be both sturdy and absorbent. My favorite feature is the wetness indicator -- which basically acts as a weather forecaster. The wetness indicator turns from yellow to blue when a rain storm has occurred. It's really helpful to know to know your baby's weather forecast (i.e., if your baby is wet) before opening the diaper.

I also enjoy being a member of the Pampers Rewards Program. As a member of the program, you can earn points that can be redeemed for rewards. To earn points, you simply enter codes that are printed on the diapers and wipes you buy.

Since we are constantly in need of diapers, we buy them through and use the Subscribe and Save program, which allows you to "subscribe" to baby goods and other household items, and  have them delivered to your doorstep in regular monthly intervals -- anywhere from once a month to once every six months.

If you decide to use the Subscribe and Save program, make sure that your address is up-to-date and accurate. I recently sent a wedding present to a girlfriend through and had the item shipped directly to her. Unfortunately, it appears that I somehow changed my address to my girlfriend's address, which resulted in some shipping issues for my Subscribe and Save goods. The lesson learned is to double-check your address -- especially after sending packages elsewhere.

2. Pampers Sensitive Wipes

Like many preemies, Emily has extremely sensitive skin. I have found the Pampers sensitive wipes to be very gentle on her skin -- although she does experience skin irritations from time to time.

We also use the Subscribe and Save program for wipes. It's great to have diapers and wipes delivered to our doorstep in bulk so that we don't have to run to the store each time we run-out. In fact, I'm thinking about adding more every day use items to our Subscribe and Save membership account. We're always in need of baby and non-baby items, like shampoos, conditioners, detergent, etc.  The great thing about the Subscribe and save program is you always receive a discount on top of Amazon's everyday low price -- plus free shipping.

3. Desitin Maximum Strength

We change Emily's diapers before every feeding. This means that she gets a new diaper at a minimum of every three hours. We also provide her with a new diaper in-between feedings if she is wet or has a blow-out.

Despite frequent diaper changes, Emily has occasionally experienced diaper rash. I have found that Desitin Maximum Strength helps heal any inflamed skin. Within three or four days the rash typically disappears.

4. Lotrimin

Unfortunately, all babies probably get diaper rash at some point. At times, you may even notice signs of a yeast infection, such as a swollen red rash with scales and lesions or small red pimples outside of the diaper area. If the irritation doesn't resolve itself after a few days, you may want to call your pediatrician who may prescribe an anti-fungal medication. We typically mix Desitin with Lotrimin, which is an over-the-counter drug typically used for athlete's foot, for these situations -- at our doctor's recommendation. Be sure to contact your doctor for serious diaper rash to obtain a recommendation on how best to remedy the situation.

5. Diaper Genie

It's amazing that something so stinky can come out of a tiny little baby. Nevertheless, I have found that stinky diapers don't smell as rank when they are disposed of in the Diaper Genie. The Diaper Genie is a trash can -- made specially for diaper disposal. The lid of the Diaper Genie opens by simply pressing a foot pedal. This means that you only need to use one hand to throw-out a wet or soiled diaper. The Diaper Genie uses special trash bags which allow soiled diapers to be contained without touching the side of the genie.

Material provided on Preemie Blessings is for informational purposes only.  Please contact your healthcare provider with questions about your baby's health and well-being.


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