Are you new to the parenting world? One of the basic things you need to learn is how to change your baby’s diaper. You should prepare yourself because changing diapers is not as easy as changing your jeans. There are steps behind this process and I will show you how, not only mom, dad changing diaper is easily too.
A single baby may need to change diapers for up to eight times a day. This means you must also change your baby’s diaper multiple times a day for up to three years straight (until he’s ready for potty training). There are also cases when children can start potty training for as early as two years old but in most cases, it usually takes for a child three years after birth before being able to potty train.
Truly, changing diapers is one of the greatest responsibilities of a parent. And knowing how to do it would make things easier for you. So here are the steps on how to replace a baby’s diaper.
HOW TO CHANGE BABY’S DIAPER? – NOT ONLY MOM, DAD CHANGING DIAPER IS EASILY TOO
Step 1. Know whether it’s time to change or not.
There are a lot of signs that give hint that your baby already needs changing. A very obvious way is inspecting the diaper itself. There are disposable diapers brands that feature “wetness indicator” in their diapers. It is a yellow stripe along the diaper that transforms into a blue one if there’s already moisture inside the diaper; meaning the baby has either peed or pooped. It’s a sure sign that you already need to replace the diaper with a new one.
If you are using cloth diaper, you have no choice but to open the diaper your little one is wearing. You can loosen up one of its closures (can be located on the side) and smell it first. If you smelled something stinky then it’s an indication for the need to change. However, not smelling anything doesn’t mean the cloth diaper is totally dry. There are times when you still need to open it fully and touch the inside whether it’s wet or not. If yes, then you know what to do. Another sign is when the baby cries for no apparent reason or when he looks uncomfortable.
Step 2. Remove the diaper.
When removing diaper; first, allow your baby to fully lie on a changing pad with the baby head on your left and his feet on your right. Do not try to remove his diaper while he’s at a vertical position (like when another person is holding him, etc.). You don’t want to get messed up with whatever the diaper has in store inside it.
You must always utilize a changing pad. If a changing pad is not available, you can use a table or any elevated flat surface. Just make sure that you have put a cloth, a cushion, or some small bedding on that particular plain surface enough to make your baby comfortable in the process.
- Please do not change diapers on bare floor nor put your baby there.
Start removing the closures on the sides. After which, gently lift his legs using your left hand. Pull the leg up in such a height that his bottom is also lifted up. That way you can remove the diaper by simply pulling it out using your right hand.
Keep on holding your baby’s legs for the meantime.
- There are times when the baby will pee again (or even poo) after you have pulled out his diapers. To prevent any spills onto his bedding or mat, you may need to prepare another layer of mattress or some water-proof pad laid at the top part of his mattress. This way you will only need to replace the topmost layer if ever he has spilled on it.
Step 3. Wipe your baby’s bottom.
It has been said just above to not release your baby’s legs just yet. This is because you still need to wipe your baby with any baby wipes. Grab a piece of baby wipes and gently clean your baby’s bottom. For sure there will be some residues left in his skin and you need to wipe them clean. Whether he peed or pooped, you need to wipe your baby’s bottom clean on both cases.
Do not change diapers yet and also do not put him on his pajamas yet. This is in case he has pooped his diapers.
Step 4. Washing your baby’s bottom.
You can skip this step if ever your baby only urinated his diaper. In times when your baby has pooped his diapers, wiping his bottom with conventional baby wipes is not enough. You need to do some further cleaning by washing his bottom with soap and water in the sink.
To do this; grab your baby carefully. For the right handed, make sure his head lies on your left elbow while the arm corresponding that elbow supports his back and bottom. Your other hand (the left hand in this case) must also support both his back and bottom.
While on your way to the sink, always be careful of your baby’s head. Make sure he will not get hit by the door’s edge or some random wall for that matter.
You can wash your baby’s bottom without using baby tubs. You can do this while standing in front of the sink with your baby in your arms.
- Start by turning the faucet on (with your right hand when you’re right handed); not necessarily fully for as long as there is enough water flowing out of it.
- Wet your right hand; assuming you’re right handed and your left hand is supporting majority of your baby’s body (with the baby’s head at your left elbow). Remember, you are carrying your baby the entire process so do this with utmost care.
- Put some baby soap into that right hand. It is recommended to use bottled baby soap featuring a “push-release” mechanism. That way, you can access the soap using only one hand. This is highly recommended because you will be holding your baby and it is your priority to be careful enough when holding. You can’t afford to drop your baby.
- Gently apply the soap onto your baby’s bottom or other affected areas with the same hand.
- Rinse your hand until you can no longer feel the soap on it.
- Now rinse your baby’s bottom by cupping some water into your hand and applying it on the baby’s bottom.
- Repeatedly do this until you can no longer feel any soap residue on your baby’s bottom.
- Grab a towel and gently wrap it on your baby’s bottom so he won’t feel cold.
- Transfer him carefully to his changing pad.
Step 5. Put new diapers.
You can do this by laying your baby on the changing pad and lifting both his legs with your left hand. Place the new diaper parallel to his body in such a way that when you put his legs down, his bottom will land on the diaper.
After that, fold the diaper to his front bottom and secure it with the closures. You can also make him wear his pajamas or baby shorts. And you’re done! Your baby is now comfortable with his new diapers!
- Tips for you
Let see changing diapers for baby is an opportunity for you and your baby spend a special private time together. While diapering for baby, you can talk and sing to your baby, show your baby the body parts, and explain what you are working on.