I do not keep my son in....

Ouch Diaper!! - i donot keep my son in diapers the whole time. I do it only at night time and when we go out somewhere.
India
September 19, 2008 6:30am CST
a diaper the whole day but i have seen parents who like to put on a diaper for their child for the whole day. I dont do it because i feel that the childs soft skin can get rashes easily and when they do get rashes it irritates them and makes them cranky. I use a diaper only at night so that he sleeps well and dosnt get up after wetting the bed! or when we take him out with us, that is the only two times that i use a diaper for him. I have seen children suffer because of rashes changing into soars,why give all that pain and discomfort to a small child. What is that you do? Do you keep your child in diapers the whole day as well as the night?
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• United States
19 Sep 08
Yes I do, but I have too. Well, sometimes I let her run a little without one to get some air.My daughter is only 19 months and not ready for the potty yet.She still has alot of wet diapers a day. If I didnt I would be cleaning up messes all day long. As for rashes, my daughter does have sensitive skin but I use a good cream on her that works well and can be used daily with no harm done. I think it is a good idea though to give your child so much air! But, I am curious, how old is your child? Does he not go to the bathroom on the floor?
• India
20 Sep 08
My son is 16 months old now. No he does not make potty on the floor. I had started to potty train him when he startded to sit on his own. So now when he wants to make potty he keeps chanting "KaKa..kaka"!! My son is sensitive to any kind of creams too, he gets rashes with them. Alothough i have kept a good nappy rash cream for him but i hardly get to use it :). So i get to use just powder, soap and shamopp on him and nothing more than that, no lotion not cream. I am using up all his lotion and creams now!!
• United States
22 Sep 08
Well thats great that he knows. You started when he began to sit?Thats good to start that early I suppose.I too have gone through loads of creams...urghh. It gets frustrating because I hate to see her inpain.I think you've inspired me to try this! Thanks!
@riyasam (16570)
• India
19 Sep 08
nowadays you get very good diaperes that prevent rashes and also you get creams for rashes which gives very fast relief.i used to use cloth diapers when we are at home.only when we are supposed to go out do we use the other diapers.
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• India
21 Sep 08
I do use good diapers that we get here (Huggies) and Johnson&Johnson Nappy pads but somehow i like to avoid my son getting any kind of rashes as he's got very sensitive skin. He is even allergic to creams and lotions, so i get to use all of them :). Yes i do have the himalaya nappy rash cream too but have only used i once in some 4 months! When my son was younger i used to use cloth napkins for him but now i just put on a long pant for him and let him stay.
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@dragon54u (31644)
• United States
19 Sep 08
I let my children run around without diapers all the time when they were little. It's not healthy for them, as you said, to have their skin covered with a wet or dirty diaper. We spent a lot of time outside, too, so it wasn't messy if they did go potty without a diaper. In fact, they toilet-trained themselves soon after they began to walk and I think it's because they could see themselves going and it wasn't just an unseen feeling of wetness. They were more aware of their bodies. Good for you, you're a good mom!
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• India
22 Sep 08
Oh, i wouldn't say i am a good mom! but i certainly dont like to see him in pain. I think that children potty train much faster if they are left without the diapers actually the parents try to potty train their children faster to avoid any mess at home!! Yes he too is very aware of his body and dosnt like to be left wet, so if he does pee in his pants he indicates that his pant is wet!
@Stephanie5 (2947)
• United States
19 Sep 08
I am a mother of 5 and I kept mine in a diaper all day when they were little babies. If I wouldn't have, I would of had poop and pee everywhere! Especially when I had more than one in diapers at the same time. It's good that you are able to leave the diaper off so much though. They do sometimes cause rashes. Good Luck to you and your baby!
• India
21 Sep 08
I collect a lot of clothes that needs to washed in a day as he inform when he wants to make potty but dosnt know to tell me when he wants to pee!! So the whole day it washing his clothes and swabing his pee from the floor! He 's got ultra sensitive skin so he kind of is allergic to even creams and lotions!
• United States
20 Sep 08
What do you do when they have to go to the bathroom during the day with no diaper? I keep mine in diapers all day however we use cloth diapers because they do not get rashes with them, they allow their skin to breathe and are so much softer and comfortable on their skin. They are made just like disposable diapers and turned out a lot easier to use then I thought.
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• India
22 Sep 08
Well, he is potty trained so he tells me when he wants to make potty. So i dont have much of a problem keeping him without diaper fro the day. I too used cloth diaperd whe my son was younger. The cloth diaper are a lot much better than the regular ones as te do allow the skin to breathe and stay healthy.
@Foxxee (3653)
• United States
20 Sep 08
Even a toddler who is in diapers still should be changed every time he/she wets. Who wants to sit in a wet diaper? Even if it's a good diaper a child should still be changed or checked every hour or 2. I think these new diapers that are out && suppose to hold more then a regular diaper should only be used at nights. Some diapers that hold a lot can make a parent lazy. It's really not that hard to stop what your doing && to change your child. I always ask the parents... "WOULD YOU WANT TO SIT IN A WET OR MESSY DIAPER?" As for nighttime, I cut off drinks past a certain time && then a fresh diaper right before bed && we change him in the mornings. During the day, I check him on && off all day. If wet, even the littlest, I change.
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• India
22 Sep 08
For me two hours is the maximum time that a diaper should be put on for a kid. I never allow a diaper to soak wet and then change, within two hours time i make sure the diaper is changed. For the day, my son remains in his undies or long pants and by evening diapers. Yes, mostly the children get late potty training because their diaper holds a lot of liquid and the parents dont have to bother much. But the faster they learn te better it is for us parents.
@Foxxee (3653)
• United States
22 Sep 08
Yeah that is true. 2 hours is pushing it. Honestly a child should be checked several times during an hour.
@chiyosan (30194)
• Philippines
20 Sep 08
kids should only be in diaper if they are outside home, if there will be limited access to cleaning stuffs or comfort room hehe poor kids if they have to bear with that stuff the whole day and they are just at home.
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• India
22 Sep 08
I use a diaper for my son when i am outdoors and only at night time so that he gets undisturbed sleep, otherwise he is usually in his long pants and undies. Since he is potty trained i dont have any problem. Yes i think the children too dont like staying in diapers for long.
@vijigopi (991)
• United States
19 Sep 08
Well, using a diaper depends on where you live. My daughter was born in India, and I never used a diaper on her(even at night I used a rubber sheet) unless I had to travel 2 or more hours. But for my son who was born here, in the US, it is difficult because most of the homes are all completely carpeted, except the kitchen and the bathroom. So, its very tough to take all the stains from a carpet, whereas it is easier if it is a tiled or a hard wood floor. Moreover, I keep checking his diaper frequently and I keep his bottom moistured every time I change diapers, so that he doesn't get diaper rashes. Moreover, the climate here is not very hot and most of the time it is cool, so babies don't feel the sweat too. So, I guess they are not all that uncomfortable although they are definitely less comfortable than babies who don't wear diapers all the time. But there is definitely an advantage to not wearing diapers all the time. Babies get potty trained very soon because they know what their body is going through.
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• India
22 Sep 08
You are very right in saying that children who dont wear diapers all the time get potty trained faster and that happens because the parents try to train them early. So by the time they are 2+ they are potty trained already. I keep y son only in undies and long ants the whole day and use diapers at night so that he ets undisturbed sleep.
• United States
19 Sep 08
Make sure your baby is wearing a clean diaper and there shouldn't be any problems. Diapers aren't whats causing rashes, its not changing the diaper that does.
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• India
22 Sep 08
I do change the diaper when i see its wet, i dont wait for the diaper to soak wet and then change. But i think it is necessary for the skin to breath and how can skin breathe if surrounded by moisture (little or more moisture). I prefer diapers at night only so that he can sleep undisturbed.
@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
19 Sep 08
Normally, yes, I keep diapers on my babies all the time. I never understood whhow it works to leave a diaper off a baby all the time. I would imagine it can get very messy. Plus the urine running down their bare legs all the time can cause a rash just as easily as a diaper. None of mine ever "sat around" in a wet or dirty diaper either so maybe that's why I prefer diapers. But my diaper days seem to be almost over. Everyone is potty trained except for my youngest but he has been starting to go as well. He can't quite be trusted in undies but he's surprisingly close considering he won't be 2 for another two months and I wasn't even trying to train him.
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• India
22 Sep 08
My son too is potty trained and so i dont have a problem. Yes, staying without a diaper does get messy. Our floors are not carpeted so even if he pee's on the floor i used to clean it for him and somehow he manages not to wet his legs!! For the day i just leave him either in his undies or long pants. yes one thing that i get to lost is wash his pants all the time!!
@lilybug (21145)
• United States
19 Sep 08
My daughter wears a diaper all the time. She has only ever had 1 bad diaper rash in her 19 months of life and it was caused by a medicine she was taking.
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• India
22 Sep 08
I dont knw why but i am very scared to put him on diaper for the whole day. Even if i see a silghtest of rash i get worried. i do have very good diaper rash cream but wish i dont have to use it at all!! I either keep him in his undies or long pants, since he is potty trained i dont have much of a problem.
@biggerb (2028)
• India
22 Sep 08
For me this routine was done many years back.At that time we never had this diaper available in the market.we had to get them through our relatives who lived abroad.I used the cloth napkins and quickly toilet trained my son.These disposable diapers were very dear to us and was used very rarely when we went out.Now the younger lot are quite lucky you have the market flooded with lots of things for the kids.That makes it more convenient for the mothers.During our time we had to depend on stuff from abroad.
• India
22 Sep 08
That is what exactly happens , diapers make parents lazy somehow! I dont use diaper for my son during the day and so i had started to potty train my son when he learned how to sit and he informs me when wants to make potty. My mom to didnt allow me to use diapers when my son was young, she liked to use cloth napkins for him but when he got 4 months old i started to use diapers at night as he slept peacefully with a diaper on.
@Ithink (10618)
• United States
20 Sep 08
We havent had problems with diaper rash really, thank goodness as I cant imagine cleaning poop and pee up after 2 active babies. The only time we have had a problem was when the oldest of the 2 was teething and then all you had to do was use a diaper rash cream or baby powder and it didnt happen.
• India
22 Sep 08
Yes it is a very difficult task if you have two kids and both not potty trained. My son is now potty trained and so i can afford to keep him in his undies or long pants for the day. But at night i have to use a diaper to let him have undisturbed sleep. I keep changing the diaper every two hours at night too! ind of gets hectic but i gotta do that to avoid rashes.
@kenzie45230 (3560)
• United States
20 Sep 08
My son is an adult, but as a baby, almost from birth, he hated diapers that were wet or messy. He let me know he needed changed if I somehow missed his scrunched up face. We used 8 diapers a day and he had diaper rash only once. After bath time, he enjoyed running around without a diaper, but I couldn't have let him do that for long periods. When I developed an infant program at an established preschool, the state guidelines were that an infant be changed every two hours AND when a worker knew that the infant had either urinated or deficated. Very rarely did those babies get diaper rash either. Although diapers are made more absorbant than ever, babies aren't supposed to run around with wet diapers. That IS what causes diaper rash. I know that my friends who used cloth diapers changed their babies as much or more than I did.
• India
22 Sep 08
i too have used cloth diapers and i think that they kep the parents on alert that they need to be changed soon. I did my own little study to find out that two hours should be the maximum time that a diaper should be used and one hour for nappy pads. My son too is very particular about himself being dry at all times, if he pee's on his pants he would immidiatly come an let me know, an that only happens if i miss out when he indicated that he wants to pee!
• China
20 Sep 08
to be a mother and look own baby and doing evething for them are very happy.
• India
22 Sep 08
Yes i do get satisfaction doing things for him. i think most of the mothers are like this only, they could do anything for their kids. And that is the reason i dont like to put on diapers for him throughout the day as it might cause him rashes which would then irritate him.
@hotsummer (10523)
• Philippines
20 Sep 08
it is important to keep changing the diaper cause the heat and the wetness inside the diaper will cause rashes which can be painful to the child. since we are in a modern world that parents will likely to use the diaper that what we used before which is just clothing to wrap their bottom. but we are actually exposing children to greater risk to rashes not unless we always keep changing the diaper. which i think that parents should always do after the child get wet . we should change the diaper immediately.
• India
22 Sep 08
My mom used cloth napkins when he was born and when he became 4 months old we started using diapers for him at night. I keep changing the diaper every two hours so that he dosnt get rashes. he has got very sensitive skin to i cannot use any kind of moisturiser too. The rashes are surely very irritating for kids, the only thig is that they cant talk about it!!
@Muelitz (1592)
• Canada
20 Sep 08
Fortunately my 2 sons both have skins that are not very tender or sensitive. We can make them wear diapers all day long and they won't get rashes. We just make sure to replace the diapers when they are soiled or have accumulated too much urine
• India
22 Sep 08
I wouldnt even say sensitive! my son has got Ultra Sensitive skin. And he gets rashes even with baby lotions and creams and that too the best of brands!! So i get to use all his creams and lotions :). I change his diapers every two hours at night so that he doanr sleep in moisture.
@Sreekala (32782)
• India
20 Sep 08
A diaper the whole day, I don't recommend it. You can use it depends upon the situation. Suppose your kid is less than one year and season is winter, I recommend it for night. So that the baby can sleep well in night. Definitely when going out you can use it. Otherwise I don't think there is any need to diaper the baby. Rashes is a problem but now good diapers are available but I think kids will get irritated if you keep them whole day in diaper.
• India
22 Sep 08
I dont use the diaper for the whole day but i do use it at night time to help my son get undisturbed sleep. I use diaper even in summer nights as well as winter nights as i keep changing them every two hours so it not much of a problem for me. But during the day time i compensate for the air that the skin needs to breathe!
• United States
20 Sep 08
My son is grown now but when he was little I always let him run around without a diaper in the house. I feel as you do that it is not good for a child to have a diaper on all the time due to the rashes they get. From rashes it can go into worse things. And once a child gets a rash it is hard to get rid of. I can remember when I was that young and Mom would take us to visit with her Mom and Dad who lived way out in the country running around naked. There is nothing wrong with it and I think it is healthier that way than having a diaper on a child all the time.
• India
22 Sep 08
My son is 15 months old now and is potty trained so i dont have a problem leaving him without a diaper the whole day. It is only during the night time that i put on a diaper for him so that he gets undisturbed sleep. it is better for skin to breathe than to get rashes.
@snuphi (26)
• United States
19 Dec 08
I've always had my son in a diaper day and night. We've always been vigilant to change him as soon as he was wet or dirty and have had really no rashes at all. I don't change him during the night when he wakes up, as I've found it makes it harder for him to fall back asleep. So when I diaper him for bed, I always apply a barrier cream (Aquaphor is hands-down my favorite) to keep the wetness off his skin. I also apply the cream any time his skin shows any redness or irritation, be it from wetness or irritating dirty diapers or diarrhea. This has worked really well for us!