How to Change a Baby’s Diaper Properly

If you are a first-time parent, or you are expecting a baby soon then you may be in for a big shock.

Babies need to be changed about ten times per day, and in the lifetime of your child, you will need to change their diaper about 2500 times.

If you want to change a diaper then you should start learning now. It comes to more than just learning the proper technique. Diaper changes are a very ugly business.

Even if your baby is one of the most co-operative babies on the planet, it is still going to be gross. A diaper change also has the ability to get very messy, very fast.

The first thing you need to consider is your babies safety, even though they are just little, they are still flexible and like to squirm.

Make sure you have a safe place to change your baby, and never take your eyes off of them, in fact never take a handoff of them.

This is a good way to ensure the baby will stay on the table at all times and not fall to the ground.

Here are important considerations for perfectly changing baby diaper.

Location

You need to have a good location for your diaper. Without a good location, the whole thing could go south very quickly. You should also consider getting a charging station like the BEBE Designer ‘Cosmopolitan’ portable diaper changing the station. This will make it easier to use any changing station you find and is very easy to transport as well. If you don’t have any option, you can even use the changing station on the floor as a last resort. Is it much better than letting your baby stay with a soiled diaper right?

Prepared

It is very important for you to always be prepared when it comes to diaper changes. You need to ensure you have everything that you need within reach and in one place. You can’t stop mid-way during a diaper change and start looking for the talcum powder now, can you?

Being prepared doesn’t just mean having everything ready to go through. It means packing up everything correctly in case you need to use it again before you get home. You never know what can happen. It’s always better to be prepared than to be caught unaware.

Distractions

The easiest way to make a diaper change go smoothly is by distracting your kid while you do your business. Instead of wrestling with your kid while trying to pull off their dirty diaper, it makes much more sense for you to distract them with a few of their favorite toys. Diverting their attention is the easiest way of ensuring they make your job easier. Once you are done with the change, make sure you disinfect any toy that you gave them. You wouldn’t want the germs to spread all over now, would you?

Double checking

Once you are done with a change, it is essential that you double check everything to ensure it has all gone smoothly. Your baby may have put their hand in the poop by mistake. They may have even rubbed it on their clothes. What about their feet? Make sure you double check every single thing so that there is nothing which you have skipped during the changing. You wouldn’t want to find any nasty surprises, later on, would you?

Steps to follow when changing baby diaper.

Now that you know what you need to consider, here are the steps to follow or which order to do them so this is a helpful little guide.

  1. Make sure you have everything you need close by. I recommend buying a diaper caddy that you can take from room to room in your home and it holds all your supplies like diapers, wipes, baby powder, Neosporin for circumcision, diaper rash cream and so forth.
  2. Gently lay your baby down on their back on the changing table. Use the straps for safety because babies tend to be a little squirmy when they get their diaper changed.
  3. Undo the sides of the diapers and look to see what it inside. If your baby has had a bowel movement you can use the top of the diaper to help wipe excess but always remember to wipe from front to back when cleaning your baby especially if you have a little girl.
  4. If your child has had a really messy diaper it can take 4-6 wipes to properly clean them. Put the soiled wipes inside the dirty diaper.
  5. Fold up the dirty diaper including the wipes and use the sides to hold the diaper closed. Put it in a diaper pail or the trash.
  6. Next, lay a new diaper flat underneath your baby and slowly lower them down on to it.
  7. Lift the front of the diaper and fasten it at the waist with the tabs. Make sure that it isn’t too tight around the waist and also make sure that the legs are done properly so you don’t have extra leaks.
  8. You can now put clean clothing on your child.
  9. If you need to clean up the changing table make sure you place your baby safely in the crib, bassinet or on the floor so they do not run the risk of falling while you put items away.
  10. Thoroughly wash your hands and enjoy your baby until the next change. Note: Avoid over-tightening diapers – too-tight diapers prevent airflow into the diaper area, creating a damp environment that makes skin susceptible to rashes. Over-tight diapers also rub against your baby’s waist and thighs which irritate his skin.
  11. If you can keep these simple tips in mind, you will find your entire diaper changing experience going off a lot smoother. There is nothing easier than changing a baby’s diaper if you know how to do it right. So if you are sick and tired of breaking your head trying to get things done without making a mess, keep the above tips in mind and see how effortlessly your next diaper change goes.