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    Default Shower time - how often?

    Hello! So I have a couple questions about showering and alternatives to showering.

    I have noticed that since the hubs starting wearing diapers, he is showering less and less. It was a couple times a month, but now its at least once a week. The problem is the odor. Well that and the intermittent rash, although we keep him powdered with the medicated anti fungal, sometimes it crops up.
    I am not sure why the aversion to showering, so I was wondering if anyone else has developed the same? Like does it seem like its too much of a hassle with all the undoing and re-padding?
    Also is there anything anyone can recommend to use for those in between days? Because there are days when its been a week or so since last shower, that the odor is particularly strong, and getting close to put a fresh diaper on, can be a little hard on me.
    He doesnt seem to notice the odor, so helping him understand can be tricky. But I have gotten him to agree to once a week.
    I would really like to know if there is an alternative for him to use to clean up the diaper area with. Something easy that can be done fast. Wipes just dont cut it.
    On a side note, what all do you do with the used diapers? Currently we have a plastic 13 gal kitchen trashcan in the bathroom, with a pop up lid (not the metal canister style). by the time its full, just openeing it will fill our bathroom and adjoining bedroom with the smell of old urine (it gets changed about once a week) is there an air freshener that is recommended? We are using lysol, but it is not powerful enough.
    Any ideas on these questions would be greatly appreciated!!!
    Thanks much!

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    My suggestion is to give your baby a bath. Make it part of the whole AB/DL experience. Babies need baths at least once a day, imo.

    As for the used ones, I would empty the trash more often. If that's not possible for some reason, there are products like scented trash can liners, diaper pails and stick on deodorizers available almost everywhere you shop.

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    Well I shower up to 2 times a minimum daily and 3 times is the maximum I shower in a day. Usually once in the morning or before I go out, and another before I sleep.

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    there's honestly no fix to the stench other than proper hygiene. soap usually works

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    every morning as soon as im out of my night time diaper

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    A diaper wearer should be showering more than a non-wearer, certainly not less! Apart from the odor issue, it's a matter of personal hygiene. Timing showers or baths with diaper changes is not a problem usually. Myself, I normally shower at least once a day, or more if necessary (i.e. when it's hot and I get sweaty, or I don't feel clean for whatever reason). I *can* stay 2/3 days without showering if I'm not going out, but any more than that and I get really uncomfortable. Intimate hygiene is less of an issue for me as here in Italy we have bidets so I basically give a bath to my nether regions every time I change. I could never imagine staying an entire week in diapers - or even a few days! - without any form of washing!

    As for the used diapers, I'd suggest taking them out of the house as soon as you can, and if that is not possible you could get some smaller plastic bags to seal them up individually so the smell doesn't spread...
    Last edited by quattrus; 02-Apr-2015 at 18:54.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quattrus View Post
    A diaper wearer should be showering more than a non-wearer, certainly not less! Apart from the odor issue, that's a matter of personal hygiene. Timing showers or baths with diaper changes is not a problem usually. Myself, I normally shower at least once a day, or more if necessary (i.e. when it's hot and I get sweaty, or I don't feel clean for whatever reason). I *can* stay 2/3 days without showering if I'm not going out, but any more than that and I get really uncomfortable. Intimate hygiene is less of an issue for me as here in Italy we have bidets so I basically give a bath to my nether regions every time I change. I could never imagine staying an entire week in diapers - or even a few days! - without any form of washing!

    As for the used diapers, I'd suggest taking them out of the house as soon as you can, and if that is not possible you could get some smaller plastic bags to seal them up individually so the smell doesn't spread...
    I do the bag thing. I use plastic grocery bags that I collect every time I go to the store. I shower daily. Ether once in the morning after changing out of my night diaper or at night before I put on my nighttime diaper.

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    Diaper wearer or not, there's really no reason to be showering so infrequently. It's just not very sanitary, and I can't imagine he smells very good at all - his whole body, not just his diaper area. Not to mention it's rather inconsiderate if he subjects others to his body odor. I'd say the minimum for a bath/shower would be every other day - that's what I used to do when I was younger but now I wash every day.

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    Let me add to the chorus of shower daily. There's no reason not to do it, it's good for health and hygiene. I shower in the morning after I take my nighttime diaper off. Occasionally, I'll leave my diaper on while I make breakfast, but that's an extra 30 minutes, tops, before I clean up.

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    I don't wear very often, & I shower twice a day. He should be showering at least once a day, to help clean the diaper area & help keep body order at bay.

    For the used diapers, either get a diaper genie, or take out the trash once a day. I can't stand the smell of old used padding. I'll empty the can once a day, or at least every other day.

    If he's getting BO bad enough. Just toss a bar of soap & deodorant at him & say; "You stink. Go shower."

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