How to Diaper Your Baby

This article will explain how to diaper your baby, and provide tips to make sure baby stays clean during changes.

Diapering 101

Knowing how to change a diaper quickly and safely is an important parenting skill. When you bring your new baby home you may be changing your little one more than 10 times a day, so understanding what to do, step-by-step, makes your life, easier. This article will also suggest some must-have items to have on hand whether you are at home or on-the-go.
 
 

Task Overview

Estimated time: 1-5 min
Estimated cost: $5
Skill level: Beginner
Number of people required: 1
 
 

Tools & Materials

Changing Your Baby’s Diaper

1. Wash your hands
Before you change your baby’s diaper, wash your hands with soap and water. If you’re on-the-go use a baby wipe.
 
2. Get your change pad ready
Whether you’re at home or out with baby you’ll want to get your change pad laid out, or have your change table ready with a clean change pad. Another on-the-go option is buying disposable change pads.
 
3. Put your diaper changing essentials within reach
Lay out all your diaper changing must-haves on your changing table or near the change pad during diapering. You’ll want to have diaper wipes, a clean, unfolded diaper, and diaper cream if needed.
 
4. Lay your baby on the change pad
A change pad protects your sheets and furniture when changing diapers at home, and it also protects your baby from germs and dirt when using an out-of-home changing station. Start by placing your baby on the change pad. Some changing tables and pads have fasteners to help secure your child. However, any baby beyond a month of age can move quickly and unexpectedly, so it is best to keep one hand on baby at all times. That’s why your diaper changing essentials should be within easy reach. As your baby becomes more mobile you may prefer to change diapers on the floor, with a change pad underneath to avoid accidents.
 
5. Pull your baby’s clothes way up
One of the best ways to keep diaper changes simple is to remove your baby’s bottoms, then push the top clothes up as high as you can. This means when you open the dirty diaper, clean clothes are less likely to get soiled. It’s a simple step that will save you having to do extra laundry and additional outfit changes.
 
6. Place the clean unfolded diaper underneath the dirty diaper
This step makes for a quick transition once you have cleaned your baby’s bottom. It also means that your baby won’t have an accident on the changing surface. Gently lift your baby’s ankles to raise up the bottom, and place the clean unfolded diaper underneath the soiled diaper.
 
7. Take off the dirty diaper
If your baby has had a bowel movement, use the front of the dirty diaper to wipe in a downward motion to get the initial mess out of the way. Then fold the dirty diaper in half under your baby so you can wipe baby’s bottom without your little one lying on the used diaper.
 
8. Grab the baby wipes
Now take one or more baby wipes and clean your baby’s diaper area. If you have a baby girl, clean from front to back to avoid infection, and make sure to clean in the folds. If you have a baby boy, wipe all the little areas that can hide dirt. Gently lift the legs to clean baby’s back. Once finished, put the used wipes inside the dirty diaper, roll it up and fasten it.
 
9. Throw out the dirty diaper
If you’re at home, put the dirty diaper in your diaper genie or diaper pail. If you’re going to throw it out later, just make sure you move it far enough away that baby cannot grab it or pull at it. When you’re out of your house always carry Ziploc or small plastic bags in your diaper bag to store used diapers, for those times when a garbage pail is not close by.
 
10. Apply diaper cream if needed
If your baby seems prone to rashes, this is the time to put on the diaper cream. Focus on the areas that are most affected by moisture. If a rash or skin redness is already present, dry baby’s bottom with tissue or allow to air dry, then apply the cream.
 
11. Fasten the clean diaper
Now that your baby is all clean and ready to go, make sure the diaper is up high enough on the body (around the belly button) and then fasten the back tabs to the front for a snug and secure fit. Check the gatherings around the legs and back to make sure there are no gaps that may cause leaks. If you have a newborn baby, you don’t want to cover the umbilical cord stump, so either fold down the diaper to avoid it, or buy special newborn diapers that have a cut out for this exact purpose.
 
12. You’re almost done
Now all you have to do is dress baby so your little one is dry and comfortable. Then wipe your hands clean with a diaper wipe or put baby in a safe place and wash your hands.
 
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