As most parents know there is nothing more challenging than those late night diaper changes. As a mom myself I can vouch for the fact that it is not easy. One thing I have learned over the years is that with little advanced preparation your nights can go a lot smoother. Take a look at some of the tips and suggestions listed below. Putting some of these tips into practice can really help the nights to run smoother.
Out and ready
Having all of the items you need laid out and ready will certainly make things easier. You will want to have the diaper itself laid out and ready, diaper cream, baby wipes all on the table. This way everything you need will be close at hand. I also liked to keep an extra outfit for the baby on the changing table as well. You never know when those accidents can end up being a lot more than just a little diaper change. Doing things this way makes it so much easier for a tired mom to care for the needs of her baby. It is also a good idea to make sure have a bag in the garbage can.
Ready to feed
Usually after your infant has had a fresh diaper change they are ready to eat. If you are going to be nursing in the middle of the night you might want to have some water next to the bed or chair. When you are nursing you will end up getting very thirsty. If you prefer ice cold water to drink place it in a cooler with an ice pack next to the bed. This way when you get thirsty you don’t have to go all the way to the kitchen. You can immediately start nursing your baby. Having everything all set up so you can be comfortable will help to save you time and energy. If you also choose to pump your milk into storage containers, have all of the equipment laid out and ready. This way all you have to do is put the storage containers into the fridge.
A schedule never hurts
In my experience I have found it to be a good idea to have a rotating schedule. This way both mom and dad can share the nighttime load. This will help to ensure that both get some rest, and no one is overwhelmed. Moms should pump out milk each day and store it away for those late night feedings.