Changing a diaper may seem like a daunting task for new parents, but with a little practice and patience, it can become a routine part of caring for your baby. Here are some step-by-step instructions on how to change a diaper:
Gather your supplies: Before beginning the diaper change, make sure you have everything you need within reach. This typically includes a clean diaper, wipes, and any creams or ointments recommended by your pediatrician. It’s also a good idea to have a plastic bag nearby for disposing of the soiled diaper.
Place your baby on a flat, clean surface: It’s important to have a safe, stable surface for changing your baby’s diaper. This could be a changing table, the floor, or even your lap. Make sure the surface is clean and free of any sharp or dangerous objects.
Remove the soiled diaper: Gently lift your baby’s legs and gently slide the soiled diaper out from underneath them. Be careful not to pull or tug on the diaper, as this can cause irritation to your baby’s delicate skin. If there is any waste on your baby’s skin, use wipes to clean it away.
Clean your baby’s bottom: Once the soiled diaper has been removed, use wipes to gently clean your baby’s bottom and surrounding areas. Be sure to clean the creases and folds of the skin, as well as any areas that may have come into contact with waste.
Apply any creams or ointments: If your baby’s skin is prone to irritation or diaper rash, your pediatrician may recommend using a cream or ointment to prevent or treat the condition. Apply a thin layer of the product to your baby’s clean, dry skin, making sure to cover all areas that come into contact with the diaper.
Put on a fresh diaper. Open the fresh diaper and lay it underneath your baby, making sure the tabs are on the sides. Lift your baby’s bottom slightly and slide the diaper underneath, then fasten the tabs on the sides to secure it in place.