Be it conventional disposable diapers or reusable cloth diapers, the basic method of changing a dirty one is the same. As you become more comfortable handling and changing your baby you will develop your own method.
But before you get there here are our tips to help you get started!
Choose a changing station, make sure it’s clean, lay a sheet on it if you aren’t sure. Make sure it’s safe and warm so your baby doesn’t feel cold! All your supplies should be close at hand so its easier to reach but also out of the reach of your child.
Wash and clean your hands before and after the changing diaper, either use baby wipes or a hand sanitizer. What you’ll need: diaper, plenty of wipes and a plastic bag to dispose of the soiled diaper. If your baby has sensitive skin, use lukewarm water, rash cream or petroleum jelly to prevent any kind of rash.
- Lay baby down on a clean surface.
- Unfasten and remove the soiled diaper by lifting the baby with one hand and scoot the dirty diaper out from his/her back.
- Use moist baby wipes or a clean wet towel to clean the area.
- Place a fresh diaper under your baby. Bring the front up the baby's stomach. Avoid covering the umbilical cord stump of newborns.
- Stick the tabs present at both sides of the diaper making sure they don’t stick on the baby’s skin
- Your baby is now in changed in a fresh, clean diaper.
- Fold the dirty diaper and dispose it.
- Never leave a baby unattended on a changing table.