My Baby – Week 12

Tummy time is becoming more and more fun every week! Your baby could be laughing out loud by week 12, and may even be able to hold some of his weight in his legs if you were to pull him up to a supported standing position. Don’t let him get too far ahead of himself, however. He still needs adequate head and neck support.

Are you tired of diapers yet?

Not only are you probably changing diapers morning, noon, and night, you may also be battling with diaper rash.

If your little one is experiencing diaper rash, don’t panic! It’s a common form of skin irritation that most babies experience at some point in their diaper-wearing career.

Signs and Symptoms of Diaper Rash

  • Red, puffy, or tender skin in the “diaper zone,” or buttocks, thighs, or genitals
  • Noticeable discomfort, i.e. crying, when the diaper area is being cleaned

Causes of Diaper Rash

  • If you are breastfeeding, the introduction of a new food to your diet!
  • Extended exposure to a wet diaper
  • The introduction of a new cleaning product, like new wipes or soap
  • Chafing! Tight fitting diapers and clothes can irritate your infant’s sensitive skin.
  • Once your baby is older, at least four to six months, a diaper rash may be the result of the introduction of new foods, especially solid foods to your baby’s diet.

What to do?

The best way to combat diaper rash is to keep your baby’s “diaper zone” as dry and clean as possible. Be sure to change diapers often, and even let your little one hang out sans diaper for part of the day, if possible. If it doesn’t seem to be clearing up after a couple of days, you should probably consult your baby’s pediatrician. They may suggest a topical cream with hydrocortisone, or even an antifungal cream.

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  1. Avatar of Tawnia Tawnia says:

    I almost fell on the floor laughing when she was talking about trips to the grocery store! This is baby #4, the others are almost 9, 6, and 20 months. Grocery shopping, if I am getting more than a few things, requires 2 shopping carts in a “train” through the store. If it is a small trip I can get away with the car carts but it definitely gets interesting on the bimonthly big trips.

  2. Avatar of Karen Karen says:

    Tummy time makes my baby so frustrated…he moves himself around in a circle, not lifting his head but flailing his arms and legs and wailing up a storm! I’ve found NO trick that works to have it be a pleasant time for him….

  3. Avatar of Jennifer Jennifer says:

    My daughter does not like tummy time at all…she just fusses as soon as you put her down. She will tolerate laying on her back for a few minutes if you’re playing and making faces with her, but if it were up to her she would be carried all day. I think I’m working up some pretty big biceps :)

    • Avatar of Megan KlayEditor Megan Klay says:

      Hi Jennifer – Here’s a tip from one of our articles (http://www.everydayfamily.com/blog/8-tips-for-playing-with-your-infant/) for babies who don’t like tummy time: Tummy time is recommended for all infants, but it’s often not very well received by the participants. For something different, place baby onto your chest and talk to him or sing songs. When your voice encourages him to lift his head, he’ll be rewarded with a glance at your smile. The physical contact and closeness can make tummy time a more pleasant experience for everyone. Best wishes!

  4. Avatar of valerie valerie says:

    My baby get frustrated when in tummy time he wants to move so badly but he is just to small still.

  5. Avatar of Evangeline Evangeline says:

    My baby girl really enjoys tummy time and playing with her cousin. She lifts herself up quite well.

  6. Avatar of Amy Amy says:

    My baby loves tummy time. She has a lot of gas and fussy a lot, so sometimes that is the only thing that helps her.

  7. Avatar of nathalie nathalie says:

    My baby does not enjoy tummy time either

  8. Avatar of Tonika Tonika says:

    Hey everyone, my baby is in daycare and he does not like to sleep in the crib at the nursery but he sleeps fine in the crib and playpin at home what do you suggest I do?

  9. Avatar of Christina Christina says:

    My baby boy hasn’t had diaper rash yet either but I think that’s mainly bc I’m a 1st time mommy and change him what seems like once an hour lol! And as for tummy time, he hates it also… my fiancé and I have tried everything and the only thing that makes it somewhat tolerable for him is music or if one of our cats gets right next to him. He always wants to be sitting up and looking around :-)

  10. Our baby does not enjoy tummy time at all I believe we have him too spoiled. Haha

  11. Avatar of jessica jessica says:

    My little girl is loving tummy time, She can sleep for hours on it. Only had one bad rash on her.

  12. Avatar of Anber Anber says:

    My baby does not enjoy tummy time either

  13. My baby girl hasn’t had diaper rash yet. Yay. Tummy time is always fun as well but her favorite is when she rolls over to her tummy herself. She loves rolling over and being on her tummy :-) #gettingtobigtoquick#

  14. Avatar of Shelby Shelby says:

    So does mine. She fusses. She only tolerated it as a newborn. I think if you make sure that she fed and diaper changed before hand, and do it more frequent, she might get use to it.

  15. Avatar of Monkiii300 Monkiii300 says:

    My babyy has never ha diaper rashh yett ;P

  16. Avatar of Jeanetta Jeanetta says:

    My daughter hasn’t had a diaper rash yet…and she hates tummy time, she lays on her stomach and screams…

  17. Avatar of sheenaholman sheenaholman says:

    My baby hates tummy time too. She liked it as a newborn though.

  18. Avatar of kelly kelly says:

    when you changing the diaper for your baby ,,put vaseline (petroleum)for him its never being rash

  19. Avatar of Grace Grace says:

    is it just me, my baby seems to hate tummy time

  20. Avatar of Deserae Deserae says:

    Haven’t had too many so far. Thank God.

  21. Avatar of ChrisS ChrisS says:

    Good tip for the cause of diaper rash. I got the feeling it has something to do with the food I eat.

  22. I agree with you@ Love that cream

  23. Only had a bad diaper rash once so far thank heaven. I used that Boudreaux’s Butt Paste and it’s a miracle cream for real!! No problem since.

  24. Avatar of Shaleena Shaleena says:

    Very happy my son hasn’t had a diaper rash. He only does tummy for maybe five minutes at a time which is ok with me. But the funny thing is my son had been laughing and smiling in his sleep since he was about two weeks old but he just started smiling at me while awake maybe 3 weeks ago. So now i’m waiting for him to laugh at me while being and since I know how it sounds I wonder what will make him burst into laughter!

  25. Avatar of mariloida mariloida says:

    no diaper rash for my amar or like my whole family calls him cable…been giggling since like 3 weeks ago is already tryin to crawl too bad his belly is to heavy to get off the ground hes soooo funny

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