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There are two main types of diapers available for babies. Disposable and cloth.
Reasons to consider using cloth diapers:
If you are using disposable diapers, consider using chemical free, biodegradable diapers. There are many brands available and they are becoming more affordable.
If you are thinking about cloth diapering, do some research and talk to friends who use cloth diapers.
Preventing diaper rash:
About diaper rashes:
Treating diaper rash:
Adapted with permission from Peel Region and Trillium Health Care
How often should my baby be peeing/pooping?
See your health care provider right away if your baby:
You can start giving your baby a bath in a tub right away, even when the umbilical cord is attached. This helps with decreased heat loss and makes sure the umbilical cord does not get infected.
Your baby only needs a bath every 2-3 days. Bathing too frequently dries the skin and can lead to increased irritation.
Think cleanest to dirtiest.
Thoroughly dry baby's entire body, especially between skin creases and folds, and put diaper on. If you want to, you can also brush and comb baby's hair.
Adapted with permissions from Trillium Health Centre
Dressing time is the perfect opportunity to talk to and play games - like "peek-a-boo" - with your baby.
Explain what you're doing as you dress him/her, and soon enough your baby will start to recognize body parts.
Source: Tori Kropp, R.N.
Adapted with permission from the Region of Peel
After a baby is born, the umbilical cord is clamped and cut, leaving a short stump behind. Since an umbilical cord doesn't have nerves, your baby won't feel any pain or discomfort when the cord is cut.
Always keep the umbilical cord clean and dry to prevent infection.
Your baby's umbilical cord will change colour from yellow/green, to brown, then to black.
When to be concerned:
You can care for your baby's nails by using an emery board, nail file and baby-sized nail clippers or scissors.
Use an emery board or nail file for the first few weeks. This is the easiest way to care for your baby's nails. Gently file your baby's nails while he's asleep.
After the first few weeks, switch to baby-sized nail clippers or scissors that have rounded tips.
A premature baby (a "preemie") is a baby born before the 37th week of pregnancy.
It's common for preemies to spend extra time in hospital until their organs and immune system are more developed. Over time, most premature babies grow and develop just like any other baby.
If your baby was born prematurely, you might have mixed feelings and emotions during your hospital stay. And when it's time to take your baby home, you might feel anxious about caring for him on your own.
Remember that hospital staff won't send you and your baby home until he's ready. Ask questions and talk about your concerns with your health care professional at the hospital before you take your newborn home.
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Halton Region is composed of
the City of Burlington,
the Town of Halton Hills,
the Town of Milton,
and the Town of Oakville .