When changing your baby’s diaper there isn’t a right way to do it, you just have to find the right way for you and your little one. Here are some pointers that may help you master the diaper change.
Preparation is key before changing a diaper, so make sure that you:
- Don´t forget your essential supplies. During a diaper change, always make sure you have wipes or baby washcloths, depending on what you use to clean your baby’s bottom. In addition, remember to keep a diaper cream, powder, or petroleum jelly nearby, especially if your baby is prone to rashes. And of course, never forget to restock your diapers; you don’t want to go out in the middle of the night looking for a store that sells your baby’s special diapers.
- Keep all your diapers supplies close by and easy to access. Sometimes things can get really hectic at home and when it’s time to change your baby’s diaper you may forget the baby cream or even the diapers!
Thinking about leaving your baby on the changer while you go for a diaper can be really risky, even if he has a safety strap on. So always keep everything you need near the place where you usually change his diaper.
- Locate a clean, secure, and warm spot to change your baby. Safety always comes first when choosing a location for diaper change! It is important that you select one where your baby won’t fall down easily. Try to use a diaper-changing pad, a changing table , or simply lay down a blanket on the floor or on a bed.
- Always wash your hands before and after you change your baby’s diaper. Your baby’s hygiene has to be one of your main priorities. Remember that you are cleaning stool and it can get everywhere. Before you know it, you may even get some in your face! In fact, some pediatricians even suggest that your baby’s hands should be cleaned after you change his diaper. Whether your baby has actually touched something during his diaper change or not, it’s still a good idea to wash his hands once you’re done.