How-To: Change your baby’s diaper

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

Preparation is key before changing a diaper, so make sure that you:

  1.  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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Here are 10 simple STEPS you can follow to change your baby’s diaper:

 

  1. Place your baby on the changing table.
  2. Remove your baby’s clothes.
  3. Open up a new clean diaper and place the back half under your baby. The top of the back half should come up to your baby’s waist.
  4. Pull down the front half of the dirty diaper.Note: If your baby is a boy, you might want to cover his penis with a clean cloth so he doesn’t pee on you.
  5. Clean your baby’s front with a damp baby wipe. Note: If your baby’s a girl, wipe from front to back (toward her bottom).
  6. If your baby pooped, grab another wipe and clean his bottom. You can either lift his legs or roll him gently from one side to the other. Make sure you clean the creases of your baby’s thighs and buttocks, too.
  7. Remove the dirty diaper and set it aside. If you followed step one, the clean diaper should be underneath your baby, ready to go.
  8. Before applying rash cream, let your baby’s skin air-dry for a few moments.
  9. Pull the front half of the clean diaper up to your baby’s tummy. Note: For a boy, place his penis down so he’s less likely to pee over the top of the diaper.
  10. Fasten the diaper at both sides with the tabs. The diaper should be snug but not so tight that it pinches.

 

Recommendations:

  • If you have a new born, avoid covering the umbilical cord stump with the diaper. Instead, fold the front (if it’s a regular diaper) or buy special diapers for new borns that have a notch cut for the stump.
  • When closing the diaper, verify that your baby’s legs are spread as wide as possible. Too much bunching in that area can cause chafing and discomfort for your baby.
  • This is a perfect moment for you and your baby to strengthen your bond, so try to make it fun! Sing songs, blow his tummy or tickle him!

 

We all have different ways to change a baby’s diapers, let us know how you do it in the comments below!

 

Cristy

 

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