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 on 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. As your baby grows, he or she may be ready to sit up more in a special baby chair, like a Bumbo to watch the household fun.
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 may cause irritation.
- 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. You could also consider switching or trying a cloth diaper to see if that helps reduce the rash.