How To Change A Diaper
Changing diapers is a rite of passage for every new parent. But don't worry.
You'll get really good at it in no time because you'll be changing so many
of them! Read on for some great diapering advice.
How to become a diapering pro
No one is an instant expert at diapering. And each baby has her own opinion
about the whole process: Some will lie still, some will wiggle, some will
kick and scream- and most will do all three. Here are some tips to make
diapering a snap.
- Find a sturdy changing surface. A table or the floor is a good place- each
has its advantages and disadvantages. There's less bending, crouching, and
kneeling with a table, but a floor is less expensive and always handy- and
baby can never fall off the floor. If you choose to use a changing table, get
one that puts baby at about waist height.
- Keep a hand on the baby. Never turn your back on your baby when she's on
her changing table. Keep one hand on her at all times during a diaper
change- it will make both of you feel more secure.
- Bond with your baby. You'll spend a lot of time with your baby on the
changing table, so why not make it fun for both of you? Changing your child's
diaper is a great opportunity to touch, talk, and connect.
- Be prepared. Organize baby's clean diapers, diaper pail, wipes, and
ointments within easy reach.
- Use baby wipes. For the first few months, your baby's skin may be
sensitive to the ointments or lotions in prepackaged wipes, so you may choose
to use a warm, clean, soft washcloth to gently wipe baby's bottom. Later, you
can use any of the popular and economical moist baby wipes available at local
- Clean thoroughly. Wiping your baby's bottom clean will help prevent diaper
rashes and keep her smelling baby-fresh. When wiping, always wipe from front
to back, which helps reduce the chance of spreading infections from stools.
- Prevent diaper rash. If your baby gets a diaper rash, apply a diaper
ointment, which will soothe her tender bottom and provide a protective
barrier to guard against further irritation.
- With boys, watch out. To avoid being splashed if your baby boy starts to
urinate while you're diapering him, place a soft cloth over his penis until
you can get the diaper positioned correctly.
- Secure diapers properly. How you get the diaper to stay on your baby
depends on whether you're using disposable or cloth diapers.
Disposable diapers: Go for a snug fit. Disposable diapers come with tape or
Velcro strips attached to the back panel that fasten in the front. When
fastening a disposable diaper, make sure it's not too tight. You don't want
to constrict your baby's tummy. But left too loose, even the most expensive
elasticized disposable will leak.
Cloth diapers: Secure the diaper with safety pins. To prevent a pin from
sticking your baby, keep your fingers between the pin and baby's skin- better
that you get stuck than baby. And always check the pin to make sure it is
securely locked. Add protective plastic or nylon pants or a diaper cover for
added security and waterproofing.
In the swim?
Say "no" to ordinary diapers when it comes to playtime in the swimming pool. Diapers
are for protection, not swimming. They'll quickly absorb water and become too
heavy. What's more, they pose a sanitary problem. Select a baby swimsuit or disposable
diapers that are specially designed for swimming instead, and change baby's diaper
immediately before going into the water.