Category Archives: Baby Steps

Diaper Rash 101

These small suggestions can make a big difference in treating and preventing diaper rash for your little one!

Comforting Diaper Rash Bath

Next time your baby has a diaper rash, you may want to try giving them a soothing baking soda bath. This simple recipe can be a lifesaver:

  • Mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda in lukewarm water.
  • Absorb a soft, clean, and dry washcloth in the mixture.
  • Wash babies skin, patting dry (rubbing will cause further irritation).


How to Avoid Diaper Rash

Diaper rash is typically caused by babies that are not kept clean and dry, diapers that do not fit well, or allergies (to either food, baby wipes, or diapers). Knowing what creates a rash is the first part in preventing diaper rash.

Here are a few tips to remember if your baby has a diaper rash:

  • Never rub your baby’s bottom with a towel. Patting dry is best to avoid irritation.
  • Avoid using diapers with plastic edges or plastic diaper covers as they create conditions for bacteria to grow.
  • Make sure that you are using the correct sized diaper.
  • Use protective barrier creams with zinc to help clear rashes and prevent future rashes.
  • Change diapers frequently.
  • Wash baby’s bottom with lukewarm water and fragrance free, mild soap after very messy diapers. Let baby air dry before replacing the diaper.

The Dangers of Hot Cars

By the Car Seat Safety Team at McKay-Dee Hospital

Did you know that your car will get hot enough to bake cookies when it is only 82 degrees outside?


Hot Cars

As temperatures climb we need to be aware that temperatures can reach over 130 degrees on an 82 degree day in just a few minutes.

A sad trend is that in the last 10 years over 700 children have died of heat stroke while being left unattended in hot cars or getting into cars on their own.

Leaving your car idling with air conditioning on or windows cracked is not effective at cooling your car’s interior.  A young child’s body is not able to regulate its internal temperature like adults do. This causes a child’s body temperature to rise 3 to 5 times faster than an adult, making them more vulnerable to heat stroke.

This video (click here) demonstrates how quickly the temperature can increase in a parked car during the heat of the summer. In the matter of minutes a parked car reaches 126 degrees and objects like crayons, cookies, chapstick, and pizza are melted.

A few quick tips to prevent tragedy:

  • Keep cars locked and keys out of reach.
  • Teach kids that cars are not toys; do not allow them to play in your car.
  • Create reminders on your phone to drop children off at daycare providers.
  • Keep something valuable like your left shoe, a cell phone or a purse by baby’s car seat, so you will be more likely to remember to look in the back seat.
  • Get in the habit of looking in the back seat; make sure everyone is out and valuables stored out of sight…”LOOK BEFORE YOU LOCK!!”
  • Encourage people to ask about your children if they are not with you. Ask daycare providers to call you if your child is not dropped off by a certain time.
  • If you use a car seat cover that attaches to an infant car seat handle make sure you remove it for summer, so you will be able to see your child more easily.

Primary Children’s Hospital has a FAQ blog post about heatstroke in children and other heat related questions parent have.

What should you do if you see a child alone in a hot car?

Look at your surroundings to see if the child’s parents are nearby. If not, call 911 and follow their instructions.

From the Car Seat Team at McKay-Dee Hospital. Call 801-387-7800 for a free car seat check. 

Make a Splash With These Summer Treats

Springboard your summer with this cute beachy recipe from KraftHeinz!


Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes (including cooling)
Makes: 24 servings


  • 1 pkg. (2-layer size) white cake mix
  • 2-1/4 cups thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, divided
  • 6 drops blue food coloring
  • 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 48 bear-shaped graham snacks
  • 24 JET-PUFFED FUNMALLOWS Miniature Marshmallows


  • Prepare cake butter and bake as directed on package for 24 cupcakes. Cool in pans for 15 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks; cool completely.
  • Remove 1-1/4 cups COOL WHIP; set aside. Tint remaining COOL WHIP with food coloring. Spread top of each cupcake with some of each color COOL WHIP to resemble the ocean and beach. Sprinkle 1 tsp. graham crumbs over white COOL WHIP on each cupcake for sand.
  • Insert 1 small cocktail umbrella into beach area on each cupcake for the beach umbrella. Decorate cupcakes with remaining ingredients as shown in photo. Keep refrigerated.

Shortcut: Spoon each color of COOL WHIP into separate resealable plastic bag; cut small corner off bottom of each bag. Use to squeeze COOL WHIP from bag to frost cupcakes.

Special Extra: Flatten additional marshmallows with rolling pin to resemble beach towels. Or, cut wide, soft candy ribbon into pieces to resemble towels.

Nutrition Information Per Serving: 140 calories, 5g total fat, 2g saturated fat, 20mg cholesterol, 115mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate, 0g dietary fiber, 12g sugars, 2g protein, 0%DV vitamin A, 0%DV vitamin C, 4%DV calcium, 4%DV iron.

What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag

By Alexis Tanner

I recently had my third baby, so I feel like I finally know what I need in my hospital bag.  All three of my children have been born at Intermountain Hospitals and they’re about the same in what they provide.  Here’s my list:

For the baby

  1. Take home outfit – I’ve had a bigger and smaller baby so I’m bringing a newborn size and 0-3 month just in case
  2. Baby mits
  3. Socks
  4. Hat (for cold weather babies)
  5. Jacket (for cold weather babies)
  6. Baby blanket
  7. Car seat – this has to be installed in the car and they’ll check that the baby is in right before you leave
  8. Pacifiers – some babies don’t like the ones from the hospital and it’s always good to have extras
  9. Burp Cloths – I use cloth diapers for this.  They are so absorbent!
  10. Journal – I write about my child and their birth story while I’m at the hospital so it’s fresh in my mind.  This is the beginning of a journal I start for them and write in every few months and on their birthday.

Intermountain hospitals provide diapers, wipes, nasal aspirators, onesies (we even got a cute skier one at the Park City hospital). They also have a recommended list of items to bring with you.


For your spouse

  1. Extra change of clothes
  2. Reading materials
  3. Toiletries if they’re staying overnight (my husband only did with the first baby 😉 )
  4. Camera and/or video camera
  5. Phone and charger
  6. Snacks

For you

  1. Nursing bra
  2. Nursing pads – I prefer washable ones, they’re so much softer!
  3. Maternity clothes to wear home – sadly you won’t snap back to your pre-baby weight overnight.  In fact you’ll still look about 6 months pregnant.  So make sure you bring clothes that fit you while you were pregnant.  I’m bringing a maternity shirt and a baggy pair of sweats.  I also just wear the hospital gown while I’m at the hospital.  It’s just easier.
  4. Underwear for when you leave
  5. Socks or slippers, but the hospital also provides a pair
  6. Reading materials – books and magazines while you wait for the baby to come (I do an epidural) or for down time after the baby is born and they have him/her in the nursery or when they sleep.
  7. Nipple cream – if you’re breastfeeding, you’re going to need this! Those first few days are pretty painful. I’ve used Lansinoh in the past and this time I’m trying an all natural kind (it was cheaper).
  8. Toiletries – deodorant, face wash, hair ties, toothbrush, toothpaste, brush, shampoo, conditioner, you know the basics
  9. Contacts and glasses if you wear them
  10. Your journal – if you keep one to write down your thoughts and feelings
  11. Phone and charger
  12. A list of people you want to call/text/email/Facebook that your baby is here!
  13. A few snacks if there’s something specific you like, but most hospitals have a snack room.

The hospital will provide all the large pads you need for bleeding, towels, hospital gowns, meals, and pain medicine.

Well this is what I’m taking!  Is there anything I’m forgetting or something you like to bring that I didn’t mention?  And don’t worry, it will all be ok!  Good luck!

This blog post is from one of our great Intermountain Moms. This should not be taken or substituted for medical advice. Always check with your provider if you have questions.

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Seven Ways to Calm Teething Baby

When your little one is in big teething pain, their behavior can change drastically; short naps, drooling, and face rashes show up right around the same time as whining and complaining. What can parents do to soothe an uncomfortable baby until the new tooth pops in? Plum Organics has some popular remedies below to get you and your baby through those first growing pains. We just recommend that you keep your baby supervised when you test these teething tips for gumption.



Not only is it a little chewy, but it’s cold! If frozen seems too cold, try putting a piece of clean (organic) celery in a glass of water in the fridge. It will be nice and cool. You can also try this with a carrot. Just don’t use a “baby” carrot; those can be choking hazards. And watch out for those celery strings.


The nubby ridges of an organic cotton cloth washed in a safe-for-baby detergent can massage gums in mysteriously soothing ways. If frozen is too cold for your babe, dip it in water and refrigerate before offering.


It can be hard to get anything done when your babe starts teething and is miserable, but dinner does need to be made. Install her in the kitchen with you and let her chew on BPA-free spoons—cold silver ones, or whatever seems to help her pain. Just watch the handles; those can poke eyes!


If your little teether is already eating solids, take a puree and freeze it in a popsicle mold. Just watch to make sure she doesn’t manage to pry loose a piece she could choke on. Or offer frozen fruits and veggies in a mesh bag. If she reacts well, try offering her only cold instead of warm purees until the offending tooth arrives.


Check with your pediatrician before trying any of these teething remedies, which are commonly used all over the world on teething babies to relieve pain and generally calm miserable tots. Usually they’re just rubbed on sore gums in tiny amounts. That pressure alone is surely soothing.


You’ve probably relied on chamomile tea at some point in life in an attempt to calm or soothe yourself, maybe even before bed. It’s said to work on babies, too, in very diluted amounts (do not exceeding four ounces of chamomile tea in a 24-hour period). Some parents even freeze it.


On-the-go?  Keep a pack of Little Yums in your diaper bag or car and you’ll have something nutritious for your little one to gnaw on in no time.