I am a bit cross. I picked up Tom from nursery last week to find that he had a serious nappy rash. I’m not talking a bit of redness here, but actual open sores. The staff apologised profusely – apparently he had done a poo, but no one had smelt it for some time. As true nappy rash is caused by the bacteria in the poo reacting with stale wee on the skin to produce ammonia, he had a very sore bum indeed.
They had creamed him up and let him wander around nappy free. Which they were very nervous about telling me. I guess in case I had a problem with my kid being semi-naked in front of a bunch of adults he isn’t related to (it honestly didn’t even occur to me at first – I trust them to change his nappy after all, so this didn’t seem so very different).
The thing is, as I explained to the staff, Tom actually goes nappy free quite a lot at home. We aren’t quite in the elimination communication zone (where babies wear no nappies at all and parents learn when they are about to wee or poo and take them to a potty), but we tend to let him go nappy free in the morning, up until his first nap, then in the evening after dinner until bedtime.
We started doing it when he was tiny, because we noticed he was much happier in the evenings without a nappy on. He was also more mobile – without the bulk of a nappy or clothes he could scoot around the floor on his back many, many months before he started to roll or crawl.
Obviously there is some risk now that he is fully mobile. As a little baby, we just put him down on a pile of towels to catch any accidents. Now, there is no way to keep him on a towel even if we tried. Fortunately, the floors in our flat are mostly hard floor (except the bedrooms) so easy to clean. Wee is not a problem at all, and we have learnt the signs of imminent poo. We can normally catch him before he goes and maneuver a nappy liner under him.
Until now, Tom has not really had any proper nappy rash. Just the occasional bit of redness, normally after a long car journey. I am sure that part of that is down to allowing him to go nappy free so much.
We are treating the current rash with bicarb of soda in his bath, tea tree oil mixed with sunflower oil, and plenty of nappy off time. It’s already looking much, much better.
Anyone else let their little ones wander round with no nappy on? Or do you think we are crazy to risk it?