Boys will be boys. While having a baby boy is one of the best things that could happen to any parent, they also come with their fair share of challenges.
For example, boys tend to urinate – and get excited about it – at the most inopportune times. And unlike girls, boys don’t have a special pouch to store their pee (just thinking about this makes me cringe). This can result in numerous incidents where boys are soaking their mom, dad, or any other adult trying to help them change clothes or take a bath.
Thankfully, there are some steps you can take to avoid getting peed on by your little boy. Read on for tips on preventing baby boys from peeing on you!
Watch out for the signs.
If you want to prevent baby boys from peeing on you, you first need to recognize the signs that he needs to go.
When in doubt, check for the following signs:
– Frequent urination: When your baby boy is urinating more often than usual, he could be peeing because his bladder is smaller than a girl’s. This means that the stream will be both strong and fast.
– Wet or soiled diapers: If your baby’s diaper is wet more often than usual, this could indicate he has an overactive bladder. Sometimes, this can occur when the child’s bladder muscles aren’t fully developed.
– An urge to go: Babies can’t hold their pee as adults do. So if your baby feels the urge to urinate, he’ll have difficulty waiting.
Could you give him a warm bath?
Babies and young children often have sensitive skin that can irritate when water is too cold. A warm bath will help keep your baby boy’s skin from getting too dry and may help him relax and go. If selecting a warm bath is your first step, remember to choose a mild, fragrance-free cleanser and water that matches the temperature of a warm bath.
Warm water helps soften your baby’s skin and helps him relax and go. Soaking in warm water has been shown to help babies’ skin remain soft. Don’t use extremely hot water, which can cause redness, irritation, and even blisters. Additionally, avoid using extremely cold water that can cause your baby to shiver. A mild bath cleanser is a great way to ensure your baby stays soft.
Choose the right timing
While changing your baby boy’s diaper or clothing may be tempting, you may want to hold off as soon as you notice that he has wet himself. Pee is sterile, so changing your baby’s diaper is unnecessary as soon as it’s wet.
Instead, wait until he has urinated twice before changing his diaper. It’s also best to wait until your baby has fallen asleep before attempting to change his diaper. While you may be able to change his diaper while awake, the process could lead to him peeing. If your baby boy is awake, give him something to play with, such as a rattle, so he isn’t tempted to pee in the middle of the diaper change.
Try underwear before diaper changes.
If you’re having trouble changing your baby’s diaper without him peeing all over you, consider trying underwear before attempting another diaper change. Diaper changes are often the most challenging for parents, as babies are still learning to control their pee. Changing your baby’s diaper with the expectation that he will pee during the process can be a big source of frustration.
Wearing an absorbent pair of underwear before attempting a diaper change will give your baby boy something to focus on other than his urge to pee. In addition, if your baby pees while wearing underwear, they will absorb the pee and keep his skin dry. You can also try using a diaper with a disposable lining to catch any pee that may leak through.
Keep an absorbent towel nearby
If your baby boy is too young to wear underwear, keep an absorbent towel nearby when attempting to change his diaper. An absorbent towel can help soak up any pee that leaks through. If you use an absorbent towel to change your baby’s diaper, adjust the towel as soon as it becomes wet. While disposable diapers are designed to hold several pees before needing to be changed, towels are not. An absorbent towel is not as effective as an actual diaper and may not be able to hold as much pee.
Don’t bend over while holding him.
If you’re holding your baby boy while standing up, try to avoid bending over. While this may sound silly, it’s important to remember that most babies have not yet learned to control their pee. Even if you’re holding your baby while standing up, you can still protect yourself from being peed on by holding him in a way that leaves your upper body out of the path of potential pee. For example, hold your baby beside you, rather than in front, with one arm draped around his back. Doing this will leave your upper body out of your baby’s pee path.
Finally, if all else fails and you feel like you’re being peed on at every turn, you may consider dressing your baby in a onesie or swaddling him in a receiving blanket. This can help protect your clothing from accidental pee and will make changing your baby’s diaper easier, as you can start with the bottom half of his outfit.
If possible, keep your baby boy in a dark room during the day, as this will help him stay calm, which can, in turn, help him pee less. When preventing baby boys from peeing on you, a few extra precautions and a change in routines could make all the difference.