A newborn typically goes through 10-12 diapers a day including majority wet and a few solid ones. Changing diapers is a real test for new parents. No matter how much you plead, your little one won’t stand still. To add, he may continue with his business spraying a bit on you in the bargain.
All the mischief is forgiven!
What you really want is to learn how to change a diaper successfully; to make every diaper changing session less of a struggle for both you and your baby. The key is practice. In a few days you will be an ace at keeping your baby high and dry. But, to get started here are a few handy tips.
Step-by Step Instructions to Change a Baby Diaper
Whether you use a cloth diaper or a disposable one, the procedure is more or less the same. Before you start gathering all the requirements – the diaper changing pad, a fresh diaper, a clean dry wash cloth, baby wipes, baby powder, nappy pins, diaper cream etc.
- Set up the place where you shall change the diaper. It could be a changing table, the bed or any other flat surface. Lay the diaper changing pad, blanket or plastic tablecloth. Make sure the area is clean.
- Place your baby on his back; the face and tummy facing towards you.
- Always keep one hand on your baby when trying to change the baby. It will keep him still and also prevent an untoward incident such as the baby rolling over while you were busy getting stuff for the session.
- Carefully unfasten the sticky tabs of the soiled diaper. Gently lift the baby’s legs and bottom by holding the ankles and remove the soiled diaper. Use the clean front part of the diaper to wipe any solid dirt left behind. Seal the used diaper and set it aside.
- Using the baby wipes, wipe the baby’s buttocks and genitals. They way you do it is different for a boy and a girl. If you have a boy, clean his little private parts carefully paying special attention to the wrinkles and folds. Germs tend to lurk in these folds. For a girl, wipe from front to back; in the direction of the buttocks. Bits of stool may adhere to the vagina and it is necessary to clean it to avoid infections. Also run a wet wipe along the lower back and in the groins.
- Unfold a clean diaper. Lift your baby’s bottom and quickly slide the diaper underneath.
- Sprinkle some powder. If the baby has developed a rash, you can use a diaper rash cream. It will soothe the rash and keep your little one relaxed.
- Fold up the front half of the diaper. The front half of the diaper comes up to the belly button. Securing the diaper lower could cause leakages. If the stump of the umbilical cord is still there, fold the top of the diaper down a bit. The diaper rubbing against the umbilical cord may irritate it. Secure the diaper using the side tabs.
- If you use a cloth diaper, secure the back and front using a diaper pin. The cloth diaper should not be too tight yet it should fit snugly.
- Dispose the dirty diaper and wash your hands with an antiseptic soap or hand wash. Pick up your baby and play with him.