Curious what your thoughts are on baby swings and which ones do you recommend? Also is it healthy to use A&D with every diaper change to prevent diaper rash?
A&D ointment- Again, can be a useful tool, if they have occasional diaper rash. I'd talk to the baby's dr. about severe diaper rash, as it could be thrush, allergies, or another medical problem.
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colicky baby. swing was a lifesaver.
but i only got it when i found i needed it. we used it regularly till she was about 5 months.
cant help you with the diaper cream. i am not sure if i used the cream regularly or not. perhaps if i saw redness. she went thru phases when she had really bad rash. i'd put on the cream then and also let her go bare bottom.
I don't know what A&D cream is but I prefer not to use any cream with every nappy change. It's all chemicals of some sort, KWIM? I use cream if they start to look a little bit red. With DD1 we used pawpaw cream but it irritated DD2's skin so we use sudocrem (zinc cream) for her.
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My DD loved the swing, DS not so much. It's really useful for naps when they're teeny tiny. The motion really helps ... we have a Fisher Price three-position swing that we love.
My mother swore by A&D. We used Boudreaux's Butt Paste with DD and only a bit of coconut oil here and there for DS. I only use it when they look red or rashy,
My son liked the swing. I think it's a fine thing to have but hardly a necessity, and it's important not to overuse it. My main use for it was when his dad was not home and I needed to do laundry, which in our house means going into the basement for about 20 minutes and reaching above your head to put things on/off the clothesline--it was difficult to do while babywearing, and there was no good place to set him down in the basement. In the swing, he was stimulated enough that he didn't get upset about being alone.
A&D or the similar Balmex (better for cloth diapers because it doesn't contain fish oil, which can leave a lingering odor) was great to protect his skin when he had a rash. We did not use it for prevention. We felt it was more natural (and cheaper and easier!) to let his skin protect itself as much as possible, than to get him used to being coated with stuff all the time. Our main strategy for preventing rash was to change him ASAP once we realized he was wet/dirty. We also found that plain water on a washcloth was much more effective at completely removing poop than those slimy disposable wipes.
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