Changing a diaper is an essential skill that every parent should learn. While it may seem intimidating at first, you can quickly become an expert in changing diapers with practice. We provide you with a step-by-step guide on changing a diaper.
Step 1: Prepare for the diaper change
Before you begin, ensure you have all the supplies you need to reach within. You will need a clean diaper, baby wipes, diaper cream (if needed), and a changing pad or clean towel. Ensure the changing area is clean and safe, and you have enough space to move around.
Step 2: Lay the baby down on the changing area
Lay the baby down in the changing area, ensuring they are safe and secure. You can lay them on the changing pad or a clean towel. If the baby is wearing pants or a onesie, unfasten them and lift them to their chest. If the baby is wearing a shirt, pull it over their head and arms.
Step 3: Remove the dirty diaper
Unfasten the dirty diaper tabs on both sides and carefully lift the baby’s legs by the ankles, gently pulling the diaper away. If there is poop in the diaper, use the front part of the diaper to wipe off as much poop as possible. Then, fold the diaper in half, with the clean side on the outside, and set it aside.
Step 4: Clean the baby
Use wipes to clean the baby’s bottom, wiping from front to back to avoid any potential infection. You can use as many wipes as you need until the baby is clean. If the baby has a diaper rash or irritated skin, you can apply diaper cream at this point.
Step 5: Put on the new diaper
Open up the new diaper and slide it under the baby, ensuring the back is up and the front of it is down. The back of the diaper should be high enough to cover the baby’s bottom, and the show should be low enough to allow for proper movement. Then, bring the front of the diaper up between the baby’s legs, and fasten the tabs on each side.
Step 6: Dress the baby
If the baby was wearing pants or a onesie, pull them back down over the new diaper. If the baby wore a shirt, pull it back over their head and arms.
Step 7: Dispose of the dirty diaper
Dispose of the dirty diaper and baby wipes in a diaper pail or trash can. Make sure to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
Congratulations! You have successfully changed a diaper. With practice, you will become more confident and efficient in changing diapers. Always be gentle with the baby and prioritize their safety and comfort during the process.