From what kind of diapers to use to how to change them without making a mess, here’s everything you need to know about changing diapers like a pro.
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Gather your materials
Before you begin, you’ll need to gather all of your materials. You’ll need a clean diaper, wipes, and a diaper rash cream if you have one. Once you have everything you need, you can begin the process of changing a diaper.
Get a changing pad
Chances are, you’ll be changing diapers on the go--in the car, at a restaurant, even at Grandma’s house. A portable changing pad will make your life much easier. Look for one that’s lightweight and easy to fold or roll up. You might also want to get a changing pad liner, which you can throw in the wash along with your baby’s clothes, to keep the pad clean.
Choose the right diapers
Not all diapers are created equal! There are several different types of diapers on the market, and each has its own set of pros and cons. It’s important to choose the right type of diaper for your baby, based on their individual needs.
Cloth diapers are a more environmentally-friendly option, and they can be laundered and reused multiple times. However, they require a bit more work on your part, and you’ll need to have a good washing routine to keep them clean. Cloth diapers also have a tendency to leak more, so you may need to use diaper liners or invest in some cloth diaper-specific products.
Disposable diapers are more convenient, as you can simply toss them in the garbage when they’re dirty. However, they’re not as eco-friendly, and they can be more expensive in the long run. Make sure to choose a disposable diaper that fits well and doesn’t cause your baby discomfort. You’ll also want to pick a brand that doesn’t give your baby a rash.
Have wipes on hand
An important thing to remember when changing diapers is to always have wipes on hand. Wipes are essential for cleaning up the baby, and they can also be used to clean up any messes that might occur during the diaper changing process. It is a good idea to keep a pack of wipes in your diaper bag so that you always have them on hand when you need them.
Prepare your baby
If you are a first-time parent, the thought of changing your baby’s diaper may be daunting. However, with a little bit of practice, you will be a pro in no time! The most important thing to remember is to always wash your hands before and after changing your baby’s diaper. You will also need to gather a few supplies, including:
Lay your baby down on the changing pad
There are two ways you can go about this:
The first way is to lay your baby down on the changing pad and then put the diaper under their bottom. This way is a little harder because you have to hold your baby down with one hand while you’re trying to put the diaper on with the other hand.
The second way is to put the diaper under your baby’s bottom before you lay them down on the changing pad. This way is a little easier because you don’t have to hold your baby down and you can use both hands to put the diaper on.
Once your baby is on the changing pad, open up the diaper so that it’s ready to be put on. If you’re using a cloth diaper, you’ll need to put the liner in first.
Undress your baby
First, decide whether you want to use a diaper cover or not. If you do, put it on your baby now. Then, unfasten the tabs on a disposable diaper or the buttons on a cloth one and carefully pull it down and off your baby, being careful not to get any poop on your hands or clothes. (A warm washcloth may help with a stinky diaper.)
Change the diaper
You will need two items: a diaper and a wipes. If you have a baby, you will need a changing pad as well. You will also want to have a few extra diapers on hand, in case of a blowout.
Lift your baby’s legs
Gently lift your baby’s legs one at a time and slide the diaper out from under them. If the diaper is very full, be careful not to spill any of the contents as you remove it.
Clean your baby
The first thing you need to do is make sure your baby’s bottom is clean. You can do this by gently wiping with a wet cloth or a baby wipe. If your baby has had a bowel movement, you will need to use soap and water to clean off the poop.
Put on the new diaper
1. Gather your materials. You’ll need a clean diaper, wipes, and a diaper rash cream (if needed).
2. Place the new diaper under your baby’s bottom, making sure the tabs are facing the correct way (toward the back).
3. Lift your baby’s legs and bring the diaper up to their waist, making sure it’s not too tight or too loose.
4. Secure the tabs on the diaper by fastening them together in the front.
5. Use wipes to clean off any excess poop or pee from your baby’s skin. Apply diaper rash cream if needed.
6. Dispose of the soiled diaper properly.
New parents are often surprised at how often they have to change diapers. It may seem like a lot, but it’s really not that bad once you get the hang of it. And it’s even easier if you have the right supplies. Here’s everything you need to know about changing diapers like a pro.
Wipe up any messes
Make sure you always have a pack of wipes on hand to quickly and easily clean up any messes. For bigger messes, you may need to use a cloth diaper or even a disposable diaper. Whatever you do, make sure you clean up any messes right away to avoidfuture problems.
Dispose of the dirty diaper
After you remove the diaper, fold it over so that all of the waste is contained inside. This will make it easier to carry the diaper to the garbage can without making a mess. If you’re using a disposable diaper, you can simply tie it up and throw it away. If you’re using a cloth diaper, you’ll need to rinse it out before laundry.
Wash your hands
One of the most important things you can do to prevent the spread of germs is to wash your hands, and this is especially true when changing diapers. Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before you begin, and make sure they’re completely dry before you touch the baby.