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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, is important, as is knowing what other items you might need, such as wipes & warmers, changing pads & covers, and other diaper accessories.
Here is a step-by-step guide to changing your baby’s diaper:
- Wash your hands
- Get your change pad ready
- Put your diaper accessories within reach
- Lay your baby on the change pad
- Pull your baby’s clothes high up
- Place the clean, unfolded diaper underneath the dirty diaper
- Take off the dirty diaper
- Grab the baby wipes
- Throw out the dirty diaper
- Apply diaper cream (if needed)
- Fasten the clean diaper
- Dress your little one
Of course, after the diaper stage comes potty training. Potty training girls and potty training boys can provide some unique challenges. Regardless of the gender, learning how to potty train effectively will ensure success in the end.
A gentle and supportive approach to potty training will work well for both you and your child. It’s about recognizing the needs of your toddler and being supportive of his or her feelings. Trust and encouragement are the best tools you have during this transition period. Rather than trying to rush the process, allow your child plenty of chances to practice these new skills. Praise is equally appropriate for both attempts and successes, as each occasion brings potty independence one step closer.