Diaper-Free Time

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Whether or not your baby has sensitive skin and is prone to diaper rash, giving him or her diaper-free time on occasion is fantastic. It’s good for the skin, and also their gross motor skills! Their little bodies can wiggle and move in new ways when unencumbered with a bulky diaper, so on today (and future days), here’s a little activity to sneak in.

Veronika does indeed have sensitive skin, so this is actually something we started early and often; I try to give her about 15 minutes of diaper-free time each day, and she usually spends the time cooing and giggling.

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Practicality comes first: you’re going to want baby on a surface that can get wet (or poopy). I always put down an old burp cloth on top of her playmat, and this double-layer has caught any accidents along the way.

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Next, I always increase the room temperature by about two degrees while she’s bare below the waist – the last thing you want is a shivering baby!

She immediately starts to kick and play in new ways. Her toes definitely seem to get higher, and she’ll start reaching and rolling for all her toys.

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She’s also a little scooter, scooching clear off the burp cloth (to which I gently return her). Her first rolls were diaper-free, and in general she seems to just love the freedom.

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Car Picture Game

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Veronika had the longest car trip of her life so far this past weekend, and I knew she’d need some extra entertainment. For this easy game, tailor the pictures to your baby’s interests. Good sources are magazines, picture books you don’t mind cutting up, or family photos.

Veronika particularly loves animals, so we went through big brother’s old Ranger Rick Jr. to cut out cute pictures. I also added a few random images, like cars and hearts.

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Laminate the photos and then trim down to size. (Note: if you don’t have a laminator, a copy shop in town can usually do so for you). Punch a hole in the top of each image.

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Thread a string through the pictures, and suspend for your child in the car.

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You can attach them to the brim of a car seat with safety pins, but I didn’t want them dangling that close to Veronika’s face.

Instead, I threaded the string around the headrests of the rear seat, and they dangled exactly where she could see them.

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She stayed mostly calm throughout a six hour drive, so hopefully these pictures helped!