Baby Diaper change

Best 10 Tips on the Basics of Baby Diaper Change

Baby diaper change can be surprising for many first-time parents as they see how many diapers they go through in a day. To make life easier for yourself, have plenty of diapers on hand before you bring your baby home or else you might have to struggle with drying wet clothes.

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Step-by-step guide to baby diaper change

Before you change your baby’s diaper, be sure to wash your hands or sanitize. Again you should NEVER leave your baby alone on the changing table. You need to gather what you need before you start.

1. Have the following items within reach before you begin your baby diaper change: 

A clean diaper, Changing mat/table or towel, Baby wipes or cotton balls or a wet washcloth (that you’ll use ONLY for this purpose) , A plastic bag or diaper bin to dispose of soiled diapers, Diaper rash preventative ointment containing petrolatum Diaper rash treatment cream containing zinc oxide, Clothes for baby

2. Lay your baby in a proper position for baby diaper change

Lay your baby on a flat, secure surface. If you choose to use a changing table keep a hand on your baby at all times. Don’t leave your baby—even for a moment.

3. Remove your baby’s diaper

Remove the diaper by lifting the adhesive tabs. Fold the tabs back on themselves so they don’t stick to anything (including the baby!).

4. Clean your baby’s diaper area

With a baby wipe or cotton ball or a washcloth moistened with water, clean the diaper area by wiping from front to back—for boys and girls. Fold the dirty diaper onto itself and move it to the side

5. Right way to clean nappy area during your baby diaper change

Clean the whole nappy area gently but thoroughly and make sure you clean inside the folds of skin. Girls should be cleaned from front to back to avoid getting germs into their vagina. Boys should be cleaned around the testicles (balls) and penis, but there’s no need to pull back their foreskin.

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6. Dry your baby

Pat your baby dry. Keep a dry diaper beneath your baby’s bottom. In case your baby has any diaper rash, do apply a diaper rash cream in the nappy area.

There are many diaper rash creams in the market but the one that suited my daughter was Sudocrem. You can check its details below:

7. Secure your baby

Secure the clean diaper by fastening the adhesive strips from the back of the diaper to the front panel.

8. Trash the dirty diaper in the bin

Finally, dispose of the dirty diaper and wash your hands again. Diaper changing is done!

9. Change of clothes for baby

Get baby into clean baby clothes after the diaper change.

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10. Clean the changing surface

It is very important that you clean the changing pad or the place where you have changed your baby’s diaper, so as to not contaminate the place. Especially so if your baby is not keeping well.

Let me give you some Bonus Tips for diaper change

1. Diaper fastening

Take utmost care while fastening the diaper over your baby. The diaper should not be tight, as it can cause harm to your baby’s skin. Also, it should not be too loose as it might cause leakage from the diaper.

2. Secure your baby with your hand

Whenever you have to turn around to fetch for clean diapers or wipes, etc do keep one hand on your baby so that your baby is secured.

3. Adamant rash

There are some diaper rashes that do not seem to go even after a few days. In such cases, it is advisable to take your baby to the paediatrician.

4. Distractor help

Sometimes, the baby can be very fussy during the diaper changing. At such times it becomes very helpful if your baby has some toy for distraction. Sometimes even a pacifier can do the trick. So you might want to think of buying some baby toys with sounds to distract the baby and a pacifier.

Plus One Video Bonus !!!!!!!!!!!!

Just for reference and better understanding you can watch this video:

Hope this helps any parent or carer to change the baby diaper in a very efficient manner.

Happy Changing your Newborn Baby’s Diaper.

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  1. Love how this details the basics, perfect for beginners! Great video too 🙂

    Anika |

    1. Thanks for your feedback. Basics for a baby can be tricky. Good to have a ready reckoner.

  2. These are all fabulous tips! I don’t have kids yet but I’ve been babysitting/nannying since I was really young and got all my certifications. Very excited to become a mom in the future xx

    1. Aww that is so sweet. Thanks for the kind words.

  3. Having a distraction for them is such a great tip! I don’t have kids and it’s been many years since I’ve done any babysitting involving nappy changes, but I always found it easier when she had something else to focus on x

    1. It’s great to know you liked my tip and the blog. Do visit again add I will be posting blogs with good and helpful information.
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  4. Such helpful tips for new parents!!!

    1. Thanks Natasha for your comment.

  5. Great tips! This will be such a helpful post for new parents 🙂 x

    1. Thanks for those lovely words☺

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  7. hi
    great tips I appreciate your content I’m very helfull to found such a website.thank you so much sharing your good tips.

    1. Thank you so much for your feedback. I am glad you find the content helpful.

  8. Vanessa says:

    Great tips for first time parents 😊

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