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Diaper rashes are par for the course when it comes to babies. Every baby has them at one point or another during their diapering days. Between foods that cause irritation, spending too much time in a wet diaper, diarrhea or those inevitable diaper blowouts there really is no avoiding them.

Just as diaper rashes are par for the course with wee ones, so are diaper disasters. We parents all have a diaper disaster story tucked away to embarrass our kids with later in life. I’ve got a few good ones from Maya’s projectile spray out the car door while being changed at a highway rest stop that narrowly missed my leg, to Anna’s poop in the bathtub incident.

But, the one that takes the cake, the diaper disaster story I’ll be telling for years to come happened when Anna was just a wee, wee baby, maybe a month or two old. She was a bit fussy (I later discovered the reason), so I was walking a big circle around my living room/dining room/kitchen to calm her down. I was cradling her in my arms and rocking her. Her bottom was pressed into my hands.

As I rocked and walked I, all of a sudden, heard a not-so-pleasant sound coming from her bottom, followed by the sound of something splashing on the floor. I looked down to discover a surprisingly large pile of breastfed baby poop on my living room floor (luckily it is hardwood!) accompanied by poop all over myself and Anna.

It was the biggest blow out I have ever experienced. I was, of course, thoroughly grossed out as I cleaned up the mess. But after I couldn’t help but laugh. Which, if you ask me, is the sign of a great diaper disaster story!

Even with a few nasty blow outs to their names that caused their little bottoms to become a bit irritated, my girls have been pretty lucky in the diaper rash department. We’ve dealt with a few little rashes but nothing too severe, nothing a little time spent sans diaper and a little diaper rash ointment couldn’t resolve quickly.

Since we’ve been lucky when it comes to managing to avoid diaper rashes most of the time, our use of diaper rash cream is primarily to help keep their little tushies dry and irritation free. I’ve used pretty much every diaper rash cream out there at one point or another trying to find the perfect one for my needs.

I use diaper cream more often with Anna than I did with Maya. Anna is in a perpetual state of constipation and between straining and often large, skin-irritating explosions that follow, the skin on her bottom can get red and irritated if I don’t keep on top of it. I apply diaper cream at every diaper change to help avoid the irritation.

I have a few favorites, but I’m always open to giving other products a try so when I was contacted about giving Boudreaux’s Butt Paste a try, I was glad to do it.

I’ve been using the product on Anna for several days now, and I am very pleased with the results so far. When I first started using it she was constipated so I knew she was about to have a large bowel movement that would likely irritate her skin. It was a great time to give the Butt Paste a try.

One thing I really like about the cream is how easy it is to apply. It is very smooth and easy to handle, and it wipes off very easily. I’m not a fan of creams that clump and are difficult to wipe off the skin during diaper changes so I was impressed that Butt Paste lived up to its claim.

Anna did indeed have a couple of large, potentially skin-irritating bowel movements the other day, and Boudreaux’s Butt Paste did a great job of protecting her skin. I saw no signs of redness or irritation. I think Boudreaux’s Butt Paste will definitely be a new member of my favorites list.

I think Anna is a fan too ūüėČ

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As I mentioned in my first post about our adventures in potty training, we are taking things nice and slow at this point. ¬†Right now we are in the “getting to know the potty” phase. ¬†No real pressure on Maya to use the potty instead of the diaper to do her “business”. ¬† Every time I have the diaper off I ask her if she needs to use the potty, or if she has that “I’m about to poop” look on her face I ask her as well. ¬†If she wants to give it a try we give it a try, if not that’s okay too.

It has been working out pretty well. ¬†She had a cold and a bout of toddler diarrhea a couple of weeks ago which pretty much halted out potty training adventures for a while. ¬†We started getting back into the swing of things last week. ¬†It has been a challenge to get her to return to trying to pee on the potty since our little break. ¬†She has gone a couple of times, but now when I ask I usually get the “No, already pee, no potty.” response. ¬†We have made a little headway in the poop department though, yeah! ¬†Before our break she had only peed on the potty. ¬†She was still getting used to the whole process and I think the idea of going poop on the potty scared her. ¬†Well, last week she happened to mention that she needed to poop as I was changing her diaper before nap time. ¬†I asked her if she wanted to try going on the potty and she said “oh ya, good.”, so off we headed to the bathroom to give it a try. ¬†Success!! ¬†I made a big deal about it, cheering and clapping for her. ¬†You could just see how proud she was of herself. ¬†Her favorite part was flushing and saying “bye-bye poopoo”. ¬†It was darling.

Since then we have had two more poops on the potty. ¬†One the same day as the first when she had to show daddy how she could go poop on the potty now. ¬†And, another yesterday. ¬†Lorne noticed that she had that “look” and asked her if she needed to poop. ¬†She came running to me and said she needed to “poopoo on the potty” and she did. ¬†I think this is a big step in the right direction, being able to recognize that she needs to go and taking the¬†initiative to ask to use the potty. ¬†I’ve read that kids recognize the signs that they have to poo before they recognize the signs that they have to pee. ¬†I think we are probably a couple of months away from the “let’s try it with out a diaper” phase, but we are making progress and I’m very proud of her.

One day she’ll hate me for posting this picture of her, but it’s so cute I couldn’t resist. ¬†She’s apparently taking tips from daddy on how to use the potty!!

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Diapers are a necessity for any parent, whether you use cloth or disposables you know just how important a role they play in your everyday life.¬† But, did you know just how much research and development goes into creating the “next big thing” in diapers?

Huggies Supreme Natural Fit are the most innovative diapers on the market according to their creators, Kimberly-Clark.  Kimberly-Clark and their new Huggies were featured in a recent article in Fortune magazine.  The article is very interesting to say the least.  I had no idea how much went into diaper research.  The creation of the Natural Fit diapers have changed the look, feel and price of disposable diapers forever.  It took Kimberly-Clark over three years to create this new premium line of diapers.  Their research included using both specially made mannequin babies and the real thing.  The company used special pressure point indicators on the mannequins to develop a diaper that does the job it is designed to do, keep messes in, while being as comfortable as possible for baby.

The innovation that goes into diaper design and development rivals that of any product on the market.  The payoff for the company that creates the best is a huge market share and great profits.  It will be interesting to see what new develops come out of the diaper industry next.

I used Huggies GentleCare diapers for my daughter when she was a newborn because I liked the specially designed U-shape to protect the umbilical cord.  I switched to Pampers after that because I found the Huggies leaked.  I have had good experience with Pampers so far but will certainly buy a pack of the Natural Fit diapers to give them a try.  I have to see what all the fuss is about and if it is worth all the hype (and extra money)!