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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