How to Wean a Toddler // 8 Tips for Peaceful and Gentle Weaning

How to Wean a Toddler // 8 Tips for Peaceful and Gentle Weaning

The Parenting Junkie talks about how to wean a toddler. If you decide along your nursing journey you are done this video will help you learn how to wean a toddler from nursing. Tips in this video also will help with how to wean a toddler from night nursing. There are many methods of weaning but this video specifically focuses on how to wean a toddler from breastfeeding using gentle weaning methods. Using peaceful ways to wean you will learn how to wean a baby. Applying gentle ways to wean you can learn how to wean a baby from nursing. In this video you will learn how to gently wean as you are learning how to wean a baby from night nursing. When you learn how to peacefully wean you will also learn how to wean a baby from breastfeeding. By the end of this video you’ll know the peaceful and gentle ways to wean your child.

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Postpartum Mindset // How to Process Your Birth & Overcome the Baby Blues

Postpartum Mindset // How to Process Your Birth & Overcome the Baby Blues

The Parenting Junkie explains the postpartum mindset. This video will give advice about postpartum mindset for new mom and postpartum mindset for first time mom. The parenting junkie will also discuss how to process your birth and process your birth story. This includes how to process your traumatic birth. This video also gives tips to overcome the baby blues. If you have more than the baby blues and know you have postpartum depression it is best to seek professional help. With the right help you can overcome postpartum depression and get help with baby blues. Birth is a big experience and a lot of people can have a post-traumatic birth that they need to process. In this video you’ll get tips for how to process your birth and how to overcome the baby blues. Being at home with a newborn can leave you feeling depressed after having a baby and if you had a birth trauma you can even have PTSD after childbirth. With some mindset shifts and help you can not only get through this baby blues time but also feel better.

If you feel you have PPD please get help [1:37]
We all go through seasons of feeling down or depressed [2:31]
My Experience [5:11]
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This too shall pass [13:19]
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UNSCHOOLING DAILY ROUTINE // A Real & Raw Look at a Day in the Life of a Work at Home Mom

Unschooling Daily Routine
The Parenting Junkie gives us a behind the scenes look of a day in the life of a work at home mom (wahm). The day in the life of a mom morning starts off with elimination communication (EC) and baby potty learning. In this unschooling daily routine we see how a morning routine can include selfcare items such as journaling. The Parenting Junkie’s mom morning routine with baby even includes meditating with a baby and meditating while nursing. After the morning routine it’s off to the gym for some crossfit. The day also includes the homeschool routine which is based in child led learning and natural learning. During bedtime you’ll see natural literacy in action. This day in the life also includes heading to a homeschool co-op with vegan lunch for vegan kids. During dinner you’ll see baby led weaning (blw) and the bedtime routine with 4 kids including bath time with kids and story time with kids.

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0:34 – Morning Elimination Communication (EC)
0:50 – Journaling & Meditation with Baby
2:10 – Gym Time, crossfit, crossfit mom
4:50 – Baby Naptime
5:14 – Vegan Breakfast
5:53 – Homeschooling
7:24 – Judo for Kids
8:07 – Homeschool Co-op
10:44 – Movement Zone/swing
12:29 – Dinner – baby led weaning (blw)
13:19 – Bath routine
14:09 – Story time/bedtime routine

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Minimalist Baby Play Space TOUR (How to keep them out of the Lego!)

Minimalist Baby Play Space TOUR (How to keep them out of the Lego!)

The Parenting Junkie takes you on a minimalist baby play space tour. There are a lot of minimalist baby moms in the comments, looking for ways to make a minimalist baby playroom. So I invite you on my playroom tour on my journey of minimalism with kids. Anyone can do this, as it requires only minimalist baby toys and the bare minimalist baby essentials. When you design your play space baby area, and you want a minimalist baby room, even for the youngest minimalist newborn… you’ll find by watching this minimalism with kids tour that play begins at day one. Here’s an Ikea Trofast hack for all those using the Ikea Trofast system to make independent play baby safe from older siblings legos. Minimalism and toys anyone? One of my favorites is our baby indoor swing. Download your free play space design guide below, and start cultivating independent play now. Independent sibling play is possible for the minimalist mom and minimalist parenting will be a key part.


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The Parenting Junkie is here to talk on how to get your high needs baby to sleep. This will be helpful if you want to know how to get colicky baby to sleep. First things first, how to get high need baby to nap comes before how to get your baby to sleep through the night. Because sleep begets sleep let’s start with how to get your baby to nap especially if you don’t know how to get baby to sleep in crib. This goes for parents who are wondering how to get baby to sleep alone. As a Peaceful Parenting advocate Avital believes we can take a gentle sleep training approach while even learning how to sleep train a newborn. In this video, you’ll be encouraged by the wisdom of Magda Gerber RIE along with my best sleep tips for high need baby. If you have a high need baby sleep you are in the right place. If you are trying to find the answer to the cry it out method how long is too long question, keep listening. If you’re newborn won’t sleep, there’s a plot twist to this story so stay tuned if you think tongue tie affecting sleep is possible or if you think you have a tongue tied newborn.

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The Minimalist Newborn (The Essentials You DON’T Need)


The Parenting Junkie has embraced the minimalist newborn. What are minimalist newborn essentials, you may ask. Let’s consider the minimalist newborn wardrobe and minimalist newborn must haves. Does a minimalist newborn diaper bag necessary? What does a minimalist newborn clothes selection look like? This video is all about Avital’s take on the minimalist newborn list and the minimalist newborn baby essentials might not be so essential after all. Be sure to download the Minimalist Baby Essentials List in the link below for your minimalist baby. The great thing about minimalist baby essentials is how it spills over and naturally creates a minimalist baby nursery. This is not a minimalist baby haul today – so be prepared to be mind blown at the things you thought you needed, but perhaps DON’T need.

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Parenting Tips

Parenting Tips for Infants

Having a baby is one of the most exciting times in your life but when all of that excitement wears off it can be overwhelming and even scary.

Learning how to parent an infant is going to take practice.

It is important to remember that no two infants are alike so what worked for your first child is not likely to work for your second.

For a while it is a guessing game while you find out what is going to work for you.

There are many areas for which you might need parenting tips to help you with your infant.

These include nursing, soothing, sleeping, taking care of yourself, getting dad more involved, and how to handle yourself when you are out with your infant.

Parenting Tips for Nursing Success

Reach Out for Help – Statistics show that moms who are willing to ask for help are more likely to stick with nursing and are likely to nurse for a longer period of time.

Get Help after Birth – While you are still in the hospital it is important to get the help that you can for nursing.

Be Prepared – Nursing is a process and if you are counting down the minutes your baby is going to feel your anxiety.

So find ways to remain relaxed when your baby needs to nurse.

Parenting Tips for Soothing Your Infant

Swaddle – Many infants feel well connected to you when they are swaddled.

This also can help to soothe them because it reminds them of when they were in the womb.

Music Helps – Music can help you to relax which is good for trying to soothe your infant when they are upset.

They might also feel that music is soothing, especially if you listened to a lot of music while you were pregnant.

Learn Your Own Tricks – Since everyone’s infant is different there is sure to be a soothing trick that is going to work for your little one but you will have to figure out what it is first.

Some suggestions might be bouncing, rocking, or dancing with your baby.

Parenting Tips for Sleeping

Ignore How Tired You Are – If you want to have an infant that sleeps well then you will need to take a different approach.

It is a good idea for you to ignore how tired you might feel to help reduce your own stress which could make it harder for your baby to sleep as well.

Take Turns Sleeping – When there are two parents it is essential that both parents take turns sleeping and waking with the new infant.

If only one parent works outside of the home then weekends are a great time for them to step up to night time duty while the stay at home partner can get some rest.

Don’t Be Afraid to Take Naps – Many new moms try to do too much while their infant is sleeping.

It is a great idea to take naps and spend time sleeping on the same schedule as your little one.

Parenting Tips for How to Handle Being Out

Get Help – Ask your mom friends about their best tips for going out with their little ones or ask someone to go out with you to help with your new infant.

Grandparents, other family members, and close friends are likely to be excited to help you.

Have a Bag Ready – Keeping a fully stocked diaper bag ready to go is a great tool for getting out the door easily.

Make sure to clean out the bag and repack it each time that you come home so that it is always ready to go.

Embrace Things – Learning to go with the flow and embrace what is happening at the moment is essential when you are going out with your infant.

These tips are great for being able to help you with parenting your infant.

Your baby’s sense of security and feeling loved comes from having all of their needs met each day.

So why not establish a regular routine that helps them determine what to expect throughout their day?

It will make it easier for you to tend to all their daily needs.

Though your child’s needs will change as they grow, there are steps you can take to be prepared to meet their needs and yours.

From diapering to sleeping to soothing baths, our experts have answers to your most pressing questions about your baby’s development.

In this series of videos,

you’ll discover how to choose clothing that benefits your baby’s learning and development;

which activities foster your little one’s thinking and engage their motor skills;

and why routines are essential to your baby’s confidence and overall well-being.

Check out our collection of videos to learn how you can best meet your growing baby’s daily needs.

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Infant is a word that came from the Latin term, infans, which means speechless or not capable of speaking.

An infant is a pretty young offspring, also known as a baby.

An infant who is born within day, weeks or hours from birth is called a newborn.

The word “newborn,” include post-mature infants, full term newborns and premature infants.

In medical books, the word newborn (neonate) refers to babies who are between the 1st 28 days from birth.


Toddler is a young kid, who has freshly learned to walk.

During this stage, the kid learns about motor skills, social roles and begins using his/her first language.

This is a crucial stage in development and is noted for their negativistic manner.

They habitually say no which, in reality, it’s a yes.

They are also little explorers, and they are basically curious on everything.

Difference between Infant and Toddler

Infant and toddler are both children. However, infants are younger (under 1 year old) than toddlers (1 to 3 years.).

Infants start crawling in this age while toddlers are beginning to walk and stand.

In communicating, an infant’s cry is its basic communication while a toddler begins to say 2-word phrases.

Infants don’t have teeth while toddlers have a number of teeth, and they are continuously growing.

Infants only drink milk through breastfeeding or in bottles while toddlers are starting to eat solid foods by using a spoon but still drink milk.

Infants can barely hold objects, as for toddlers, they are happy throwing and picking up objects.

Infant and toddler have basic needs.

These necessities are essential for their healthy growth and development.

Parents or the people who look after these children should have enough patience in dealing with them.

Parenting Tips for Toddlers

Parenting a toddler is hard work.

It can be such a challenging time for parents to figure out how to discipline, help cultivate their child, and keep their child healthy.

Parenting tips for toddlers offer you an excellent choice for own needs.

10 Parenting Tips for Toddlers

What You Need to Keep Your Toddler Safe

Toddlers are hard to keep safe because they explore, climb, and get into everything.

Remember to keep all medications in child-proof bottles and out of the reach of your toddler.

Also, you should make sure that you are following all car seat recommendations and that you keep your child rear facing for as long as possible and in a five-point harness until they are long past their toddler years.

Give Your Child Positive Attention

Spend time with your toddler getting to know them.  Read, play games, do crafts, and spend time learning about the things that your toddler enjoys.

Doing these things will help your child to have a happy early childhood and will help you to maintain a close relationship with them as they get older.

Feed Your Child What They Need to Stay Healthy

Toddlers have a lot of health needs that are often neglected by parents because they do not realize how important they are.

Toddlers need meals that are balanced and snacks that come from whole food sources.

Toddlers should not be drinking sugary drinks or excessive amounts of juice.

Learn How to Help Your Child Speak

Many toddlers have speech issues and concerns.

If you feel that your child is not in tune with where they should be, then you should talk to your healthcare provider.

Between the ages of 7 and 15 months, your child should start by saying mama and dada.

Then when your child is between the period of 11 and 22 months, they should have between four to six words that you can recognize and that they understand the meaning of.

Finally, when your child is between the ages of eighteen and twenty-seven months, they should be able to say fifty or more words.

Show Your Child How Much You Love Them

Make sure that you express your love to your child.  Show your child that you love them by hugging and kissing them.

Also be sure to tell your child that you love them often, especially when they are having a bad day or struggling with something.

Help Your Child Master Potty Training

Potty training is tough.  One of the things that you can do with your child is helping them to learn how they can master their potty training.

This means that you will help your child come up with a plan that can work with them as well.

Handle Your Child’s Temper Tantrums

Temper tantrums are something that is going to happen with a toddler.

They are inevitable.

However, the way that you handle them is going to drastically change how long they last and with the intensity that they have.

Remember not to give in to temper tantrums but look for cues that your child is about to have one so that you can help them react positively instead.

Be Consistent with Your Child

Consistency in parenting is key.  It is especially important during the toddler years when children are learning about decision making and consequences.

Parenting Tips  for Picky Eaters

If you have a picky eater, you might have to get creative with what you are feeding them.

Continue to offer new choices and do not be afraid to offer incentives for trying new foods.

If your child is asking for more berries but has not tried their vegetable, tell them that if they try their vegetable that they will get the berries that they want.

Talk to Your Child

You will also want to talk to your child.

Toddlers are developing their personality so it is going to be fun to talk to your child and learn who they are becoming.

Ask them questions and listen to their answers.

Play with them, tell them stories and have them tell you your own stories.

Learning how to be a great parent to toddlers is vital for you to be able to have success with parenting when your child gets older.

Doing these things can help you with your ability to make it through the toddler years experiencing greater joy than you might have expected.


With so many options available in the toy aisles today, it’s no wonder many parents feel overwhelmed when shopping for play items for their little one.

The best toys for your growing baby are ones that support their development and encourage them to reach, stretch and concentrate.

Yes, that’s right, concentrate!

But, what do those toys look like?

And, how will you know which ones are safe and developmentally appropriate for your baby?

In this series of videos, our experts offer advice on what kinds of activities are best for babies ages six to nine months old.

Some of their suggestions might surprise you and may make you think twice about how to engage and stimulate your child.

Consider the tips in these tutorials to help you select toys that will delight your child’s senses, motivate their movement and inspire their sense of discovery.

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Baby And Fatherhood

How to Prepare for Fatherhood

Many men are overwhelmed when they first learn that they are going to become a father. Once they get over these feelings, they will be flooded with excitement about fatherhood and having a baby.

The following are some tips that are going to help you to prepare for fatherhood.

Learn How to Relax and Get Some Sleep
One of the first things that you should do when you learn that you are going to be a dad is learning how to relax more and get more sleep.

There is a good chance that you are not going to get much sleep the first few months after your baby is born, so it is a good idea to make sure that you get that sleep that you need now.

It is also a good idea to be well rested and to know how to quickly relax when you bring your new baby home from the hospital.

Get Involved
When you are having a baby, it is a good idea to become as involved in the process as possible.

Attend classes about becoming a dad, go to appointments with your significant other, and learn about how you can help.

Setting up the nursery is one way of helping and one that will bring you closer to the reality that you are going to be a dad.

Consider Parenting Classes
It can be hard to know what to do with a new baby.

One great way to learn how to do things is by taking a parenting class.

These classes can teach you about options that are available to you like:

  • cloth diapers vs. disposables,
  • vaccination administration and timelines,
  • formula feeding vs. breast feedings,
  • natural birth vs. medicated birth, and more.

There is so much useful information in these classes that they can help you to determine the things that you want for your new baby.

Look at the Books
There are so many parenting books out there that it can be overwhelming to look at them or even to try and choose one.

Talk to your healthcare provider about the one that they suggest for a new father.

Then pick up that book and spend some time reading it.

The chances are that you are going to learn a few things that you did not know that will be helpful to you when you become a dad.

Talk to a Certified Car Seat Specialist
Before you have your baby, it is imperative that you go and speak to a certified car seat specialist. You will want to discuss the proper way to install the car seat in the vehicles that you have.

You will want to practice this and have them check it for you.

You will also want to know how to place your newborn into the car seat properly.

Ask if they offer classes or if they will teach you and let you practice with a training doll.

Discuss Fears with Someone You Trust
All new dads have fears going into fatherhood. Each dad that you know probably had just as many fears as you do.

Obviously it is not a good idea to talk about these fears with your significant other, especially when she is pregnant.

So take the time to go and talk to someone that you trust like a good friend or a family member who is already a father.

This can help to relieve these fears and help you to learn how to handle certain situations with grace.

Talk to Your Baby While in the Womb
While your baby is in the womb it is a great idea to talk to him or her.

You can also sing, play music and do a variety of activities while your wife is pregnant.

This can be a very rewarding time for you both and it is a great time to start to build your bond.

Make a Birth Plan
One of the final ways to prepare for your child to enter the world is to make sure that you have a birth plan and that you are aware of the decisions that your significant other has made.

Make sure to discuss your own concerns for both her and the baby when things come up and make sure that you are both well educated as to your decisions and the options that are available for you.

Bonding with Baby for Fathers

Most new fathers come into the whole new father thing without a lot of experience with kids.

Their partner’s probably did some babysitting, and most likely the guys didn’t.

So a natural question I get a lot which is,

“What am I suppose to do with this thing “now that we got this baby around?”

And the first thing you need to prepare for, is the first couple months are going to be tough.

They’re not going to do anything. You’re going to be standing on your head and telling jokes and doing things.

You’re going to get no response from your child. As the child gets older, you’ll be able to get more response.

It really is all about spending time together.

And paying attention to what’s going on with the child.

That, the time that you spend is where the relationship building comes from.

You’re not going to be able to tune in at age two and say, “Okay, now I want a great relationship.” So it’s the simplest things.

Making the baby a part of your life. You plot the baby in a stroller and you go to the grocery store.

Think of all the fantastic things you can learn in a grocery store. I remember doing this with my kids.

“Look. Here’s a kiwi. “That feels really cool doesn’t it? ”

Here’s a coconut and that feels different.”

Just those kinds of things build the relationship between you and your child.

You get used to the baby.

Baby gets used to you.

And that’s really what it’s all about.


My best advice for a father bonding with his daughter, personally my daughter’s three right now.

It’s really important for me to take an interest in things that she loves.

They may not necessary be my passions, but I let her comb my hair.

I let her put fake makeup on. I sit down to imaginary meals with her.

I do things that she really loves.

If it’s bracelets and necklaces, we’ll sit down, and we’ll do some of that stuff together, or we’ll go out and shop for something like that.

One thing that I did specifically for my son is every time we went to a new city or new place, I’ll buy him a patch.

Putting on a duffle bag to give to him later. At the same time, for my daughter I would look for things like charms for her bracelets.

Maybe it’s a doll from some of those places we’ve been.

And I think she really loves some of that stuff.


The thing that I bonded with my son the most was holding him.

And there was this spot where he would snuggle up against me and hold me.

That, he felt like he was a part of me.

That we were bonding.

He was just there.

And he meant to be right there. And it was a certain specific spot.

He would wiggle into that spot, and I’m holding here because it was here.

This was not, It wasn’t here; it wasn’t here.

He’d just get right and to this day, he still, even though he’s big, he still looks to get into that, and puts his head in that spot that we connected.


That started when he was a newborn.

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Breast Feeding

Breast Or Bottle Feeding



Breast  Feeding–

Which Is Best

There are lots of decisions to make when there’s a baby on the way.

One of the most controversial is the ever raging “breast or bottle” debate.

There are many people who have strong feelings on both sides of this issue, and many of them will try like a televangelist to get you on their side.

I’m not going to do that.

I’m going to give you the facts, and share some personal insight on the subject, which hopefully will leave you feeling good, whatever your choice.

Scientifically, breast milk is best.

There are nutrients in breast milk that help your child’s brain develop, and try as they might, formula makers cannot replicate these nutrients.

Breastfeeding protects your child from illnesses because, as long as he or she is nursing, they are protected by your immune system, which is much more developed than theirs.

Breast milk is very well tolerated by babies, and hardly ever causes gastric problems, and breastfed babies are less likely to be overweight.

But, realistically, the scientific facts are not the only things to be considered.

Women who simply don’t want to breastfeed will probably not be very successful.

Even some women who want to breastfeed will find it so difficult, that they are miserable trying to make it work.

Some women will have difficulty making enough milk to satisfy their baby’s hunger, and some women will suffer more pain with breastfeeding than they can endure.

If you fall into one of those categories, don’t beat yourself up.

Your baby can do quite nicely on formula, too.

When my daughter was born, I was anxious to breast feeding.

I had two boys, but one is my husband’s by a previous marriage, and the other was adopted at ten months, so this was my only chance to be pregnant and breastfeed.

I read all the books I could get my hands on, and like a fool, spent a bunch of money on a breast pump.

Well, it turns out that my nipples are not exactly a matched set, so my daughter completely rejected one nipple.

So, I nursed on the side she would take until my nipples looked like ground beef.

Plus, she was an eight pound eating machine at birth, and no matter how long I nursed her, I couldn’t satisfy her appetite.

Even with pumping from the breast that she rejected, she was always hungry.

I made myself crazy from it, worked with two different lactation consultants and tried every trick in the book, but still every attempt at nursing ended in tears.

After two miserable weeks, I gave in and put her on formula.

We have never looked back. I was happier because I wasn’t constantly frustrated, and she was happier because her tummy was full and because her Mommy was much more relaxed.

Now that I’ve told you that story, I’ll tell you this.

If I ever had another baby, I would try breastfeeding again.

Every baby is different, and a Mother’s body is different with each pregnancy.

I would try again to give my child the best from a nutritional standpoint.

But, I understand now that sometimes it just doesn’t work, or it isn’t right for you, and that doesn’t mean that you’re not a good Mom.

Breast or bottle is a personal choice. Weigh the facts and the preferences, and make the choice that is right for you and your baby.

Whatever you decide, you don’t owe anyone an explanation.

Mother’s milk is one of the best foods for babies that anyone could think about.

It contains ample amount of proteins and nutrients which could beat any other health drink for your child.

The usefulness of this milk becomes more important because it protects the baby from some of the worst health problems.

There is no substitute for breast milk so providing this milk to your child would be the best thing to give to your child.

It has been studied that children who have been breastfed grow faster and are healthier than the ones who have not been breastfed


Breast milk contains lactoferrin which helps in absorption of iron and protects the intestine from any harmful bacteria.

The other component called lipases helps in digesting your fats which helps in baby’s growth and development.

It not only serves the purpose of providing nutrients to your child but also in serving the purpose to quench to your baby’s thirst and fill-in your baby’s stomach.

The IQ of the child also increases by providing breast milk.

It saves lot of time and money as you don’t have to sit up late night and mix the formula for your baby.

The cost baby food is also cut which gives more time for the mother to be with her baby.

It creates a bond between the mother and child which binds them together.

Nursing helps the mother to loose the extra pounds which she gained during her pregnancy.

It burns out lot of calories which helps in bringing back the original size.

If there are any chances of bleeding after child birth it lessens due to breast feeding.

The risk of breast and ovarian cancer is minimal.

Some common remedies to help breast feeding

-To arouse lactation for better quality and quantity, consumption of alfalfa is very useful
-To remove the hard feeling from your breast place a wet towel on your breast for 10 minutes which has been soaked in hot water
-Use of chamomile helps in controlling inflamed breast
-To minimize pain and inflammation, use of castor oil is very useful
-Having the baby in different positions for feeding also helps
-Consumption of fennel tea and almonds helps in increasing the milk production
-To relieve pain massaging Vitamin E oil on your breast is very good
-Having good amount of yogurt or curd helps in keeping the bacteria and other infection at bay


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Babies minor conditions like diaper rash

Babies can have a ton of little issues, and we worry ourselves silly over them, though most are no real threat to baby’s health.

Here are a list of the most common little ailments, how to treat them at home, and when to call the doctor.

· Diaper Rash

Diaper rash is caused by baby’s bottom being constantly exposed to wetness.

For most babies, changing their diaper a little more often and applying an over the counter cream are enough to solve the problem.

If all your measures don’t work, or if the rash looks different than a typical diaper rash, call the doctor.

The main cause of diaper dermatitis is simply contact of urine on the skin.

Between diaper changes, urine begins to break down into ammonia and other chemical by-products.

Fecal matter in the diaper area, between diaper changes, can cause the rapid proliferation of bacteria and or fungus which can infect the already irritated diaper area.

Obviously, the breakdown of urine, its continual contact with the skin, and resulting skin irritation, begins the all too common diaper rash syndrome.

It was thought that Luvs, Pampers and other disposable diapers would be a better answer than the common cloth diaper.

The new diapers were better.

The most important treatment in healing diaper rash is PREVENTION!

Prevent urine from coming into contact with the baby’s tender skin by putting a barrier on the skin that prevents urine and fecal matter from contact with tender bottoms by barrier action.

Creams like Grandma El’s, or Aquapher as it’s smoothed on baby’s diaper area to create a barrier that allows the skin to breathe, while keeping moisture and other irritants from penetrating to the skin.

This preventative action of those creams is accompanied by a healing, soothing action to stop the beginning of irritation that produces the diaper rash.

It is important that the skin is always able to breathe to induce the healing process.

Many diaper rash products are heavy creams, pastes or lotions.

While some will create a barrier to keep moisture away from the skin, these products DO NOT have the capability of allowing the skin to breathe.

Thereby, the existing moisture can not be released and the healing process is hindered dramatically.

It is recommended that you use a semi-occlusive ointment such as Aquaphor or Grandma El’s Diaper Rash Remedy & Prevention.

Young hipster father changing nappy / diaper rash to his little baby daughter


These are some frequently asked questions about diaper rash:

What is diaper rash?
1. It is an irritation of the skin in the peri-anal area that is most often caused by ammonia forming due to urine breakdown.

What causes diaper rash?
1. It is caused by prolonged contact of a urine soaked diaper on a baby’s skin.

The skin turns red and tissue breaks down, creating a rash.

This worsens as the skin remains in contact with urine and feces.

2. Chafing or rubbing of diaper or pull ups on the area
3. Possible allergic reaction to diaper
4. Bacterial or fungal infection in rash area
5. Allergic reaction to food can cause urine to be irritating

Who can get diaper rash?
1. It is common on babies between the ages of 2-24 months
2. It also can occur on babies whose diapers are not changed frequently
3. It may also occur on babies who are taking antibiotics or are nursing while mother might be taking antibiotics
4. It can also occur on babies as they begin to eat solid foods (allergic reaction)

What are the symptoms of diaper rash?
1. Red, irritated, and possibly warm skin in and around the stomach, genitals, and inside the skin folds of the thighs and bottom
2. Pain, burning and itching, and an unhappy baby!

Is diaper rash contagious?
1. Diaper rash is almost never a contagious skin condition

What do I do if my child has diaper rash?
1. Apply Grandma El’s Diaper Rash Remedy and Prevention at every diaper change, after cleansing the area well, and blotting dry

How can I prevent diaper rash?
1. Apply any Diaper Rash cream with every diaper change
2. Change your baby’s diaper often, and keep the area dry and clean
3. Use a gentle cleanser formulated especially for babies’ skin
4. After washing your baby, gently pat dry the area, do not rub the area
5. Make sure the diapers used fit properly, so they do not rub against the skin

How long does diaper rash usually last?
1. In general without treatment, a diaper rash will last several days if not infected. If left untreated, a severe case can last up to 10-14 days or more

What types of products are not acceptable in treating diaper rash?
1. Ointments, with the exception of Grandma El’s are occlusive, preventing skin respiration. Only a semi-occlusive ointment, works properly.
2. Creams are usually somewhat drying, have no protective activity, and allow all types of external stimuli (urine, feces, and allergens) to contact the skin causing further problems. Therefore, creams are not a good choice for a baby’s rash treatment.
3. Lotions are not protective at all, and therefore have little value in treating or preventing diaper rash.
4. Some soaps and detergents can cause allergic sensitivity to further the breakdown of baby’s delicate bottom.

Should I call my pediatrician?
1. If after several days, the rash is still visible, consult your pediatrician
2. If the rash has blisters or bumps, is oozing pus or bleeding, consult your pediatrician
3. If your baby has a rash and fever, consult your physician
4. If your baby has a rash and has urine that smells stronger than usual, or many loose stools, consult your pediatrician
5. If after properly treating your baby’s diaper rash, it still persists, consult your pediatrician

What other types of diaper rash occur if proper treatment is not begun?
Rash can further break down allowing either bacteria, or fungus to take hold and infect the skin.

Common organisms causing the infection are E. Coli (bacteria) and other fungal infections such as Candida Albicans

How can I treat diaper rash infected with bacteria or fungi?

Consult your physician immediately and he or she will prescribe a suitable anti-bacterial or anti-fungal product to eradicate the infection

What other types of diaper dermatitis exist?
Contact irritants such as urine, fecal matter, poison ivy, oak or sumac, insect bites, soap allergy, rough rather than soft clothing causing skin abrasions, infrequent diaper changes, and poor skin cleansing techniques

Is diaper rash a common problem?
Yes, diaper rash is a common problem.

To help prevent diaper rash, change diapers frequently, keep the area dry, and use no cloth diapers.

Definitely use some Rash Remedy and Prevention cream and ask your pediatrician or nurse for advise and access to medication and support.

  • Cradle Cap –

Cradle cap is an oily, yellow scaling or crusting on a baby’s scalp.

It is common in babies and is easily treated. Cradle cap is not a part of any illness and does not imply that a baby is not being well cared for.

What causes cradle cap?

Cradle cap is the normal buildup of sticky skin oils, scales, and sloughed skin cells.

How is it treated?

Cradle cap is not harmful to your baby and it usually goes away by a baby’s first birthday.

Cradle cap is the presence of scales on the baby’s scalp, and usually occurs in very young infants.

It is actually a form of dermatitis, and usually is not bothersome to the child.

For most babies, a massage using petroleum jelly followed by a shampoo will take care of the problem.

Try this at every bath until the problem stops recurring.

Cradle cap is worsened by sweating, so keep your baby’s head cool, avoiding the use of hats.

If these measures don’t work, your doctor can prescribe an ointment or shampoo.

Babies typically outgrow cradle cap within the first six months of life.

· Mystery Fever –

Nearly all babies have this at one time or another.

A low grade fever, with no other accompanying symptoms.

If your baby is under two months of age, you should seek medical attention with any fever.

Otherwise, as long as the fever doesn’t go above 102°F, you need not treat it unless it is making your baby uncomfortable or unable to sleep.

Fever is the body’s way of fighting infection, so don’t rush to treat a fever, if your baby is otherwise healthy.

Keep her cool, give her plenty of fluids, watch and wait.

Talk to your doctor or consult your pediatrician about his guidelines regarding when to call him concerning a fever.

Regardless, any fever which reaches 105° rectally, or a fever accompanied by signs of dehydration (infrequent urination, sunken fontanel, dry lips), or a feverish baby who has a stiff neck, is limp or has purple spots on the skin, is an emergency and should be treated immediately.

These are three of the most common minor baby ailments.

Though it’s comforting to know how to treat these at home, never hesitate to call your doctor if you think it’s necessary.

A Mother’s intuition is a powerful thing.

If you think something’s amiss, it probably is, so check it out, even if it’s only to satisfy your own mind.


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