Baby tummy time isn’t always fun. For anybody. But, have faith. All of that hard work to build up core muscles pays off when babies start to roll over and push up all by themselves. It’s a milestone that’s hard earned and gives you a glimpse into new challenges ahead.
As your baby learns to sit up, it won’t be long before full mobility becomes your new reality. While you put more baby proofing and safety measures into place, it’s also time to plan more protection for diaper rash.
Somewhere around nine to 12 months, babies are looking at a perfect storm of prime diaper rash conditions. They’ll be eating a wider variety of solid foods, which can make tummies more sensitive and can irritate skin. Plus, think about it: As babies sit for longer stretches, their diapers press against their skin a little longer and a little harder. Diaper rash happens when too much moisture sits against baby’s skin for too long. Then, when babies start to crawl, cruise and walk, that extra friction in the diaper area can further irritate an already irritated area.
As frustrating as it may seem to have a higher likelihood of diaper rash around these milestones, there are also some easy things you can do to prevent diaper rash from becoming a problem:
- Change often: Keeping diapers dry and unsoiled is the key to success when preventing diaper rash.
- Size up: As babies get bigger and more mobile, diapers will rub against their skin a lot. Even if a diaper technically fits, it should have some wiggle room to prevent chafing and allow skin inside a chance to catch some air.
- Air it out: Let baby go for longer stretches without diaper coverage when it’s changing time.
- Add a barrier: Smith’s® Diaper Rash Ointment and Dr. Smith’s Diaper Rash Spray offer diaper rash protection you can easily apply. Dr. Smith’s creates a barrier against extra moisture and soothes skin that’s irritated from diaper friction.