You did it- you created this perfect little bundle of joy. You grew a person in your body and now she’s here! When you’re pregnant, you’re able to keep your baby safe and close to you, only dealing with the physical discomforts the baby brings you. Now that your baby is out in the open world, you have millions of things to consider to make him happy and safe.
When I was pregnant, I read every new parent/new baby book I could get my hands on (which I don’t suggest – see 9 Tips for 9 Months), but nowhere in those books did it tell me the terrors of changing a newborn or poop explosions. I heard stories from my aunts and uncles of poop that went from the baby’s legs up to their necks. What?! I didn’t get it–what the heck were diapers for then? It didn’t matter because I certainly knew that wasn’t going to happen to my baby.
Baby undershirt trick (with bonus video!)
That terrifying new mom moment
The first most terrifying moment after my daughter was born was when we were being discharged from the hospital; my husband went to get the car and the nurses left me to change Ginny into her own outfit and get her ready to go. Simple enough, right? I carried her painfully in my belly for 40 weeks and delivered her two days prior. I was incredible! Of course I could handle this simple mom task.
Wait…why didn’t anyone tell me how bony yet squishy her head would feel? Why didn’t anyone tell me that trying to put her adorable outfit on would elicit a blood curdling response from her? I was sure the hospital would call DCFS on me, as clearly I was unfit to bring this little nugget home.
Changing my newborn baby was awful. While her head appeared to be an adorable, perfect little baby size normally, it somehow tripled its girth when I changed her in and out of undershirts, creating many sweaty panicked moments where I doubted my ability to be a mother. Seriously, who let me come home with a baby without any manual?
A right of passage
Then came the glorious day when Ginny christened us with what seems to be a right of passage for new parents- the poopy explosion. I quickly learned how diapers are more of a guideline for baby poop and not the hard and fast barrier I thought them to be. I experienced first hand how, in fact, baby poop can find its way smeared from legs to neck. Nothing about my baby could gross me out, but pair this poop explosion with Ginny acting like I’m terrorizing her by taking off her undershirt, and you have yourself in quite the situation. The first time this happened to me, I thought I would have to call my mom to come over or cut the shirt off of her. Instead, I opted to drag the mess up over her back and through her hair. This was surely a proud mom moment for me.
Baby undershirt trick that will save you
I’m so glad I learned a new trick that will save you from 1. uncomfortable changing a very small baby and 2. smearing poop unnecessarily up your baby’s back, belly, and head.
Have you ever noticed the little envelope flap on baby’s onesies? Did you ever consider what they were for? Me neither. Well they do have a delightful purpose- use your finger in the flap to roll the shoulder down- keep rolling downwards until you can take off the undershirt in the diaper area. See Ginny featured in my demonstration here: