Changing Diapers: Ultimate Guide for New Parents


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In the previous article, you learned all about buying and stocking up on diapers for your little one’s daily needs. Now, we get into the messier part, putting them on your baby. Indeed, this particular task has always been a challenge for new parents. So, here is our next guide to help you.

Preparing the things you need to change diapers

While there is a myriad of different brands available in stores, the diapers you go with will ultimately boil down to personal choice. However, it would still be a good idea to stock on different types so that you can switch to a different one in case you have a problem with the one your baby is using. Also, don’t discount cloth diapers totally, as they will still come in handy.

Aside from the diapers, you also need the following items.

1. A changing table

You will probably be asking why you still need to get a dedicated table when you can simply lay down your baby on the bed or the counter. However, considering how messy the task can be, you would not want to burden yourself with having to do a lot of cleanups afterward. Changing tables are very easy to wipe clean and can be rinsed quickly after use.

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Another great thing about changing tables is that they usually come as a standard feature on other baby equipment like playards and baby dressers. With that, you also get a place to store his extra diapers just within reach when changing. However, a stand-alone changing table is still a great piece to have when traveling to places like the park or a relative’s house. Many changing tables also come with a safety belt to keep your little one secured when getting him changed. However, don’t be complacent the feature, as the belt can come undone at any moment. So, always hold the little one when changing.

2. Diaper pail

The diaper pail is often simply a small pail where you throw the used diaper in for quick disposal. Make sure that you carefully roll up the soiled diaper and seal it with the tabs to avoid any mess. In case you are not too fond of that, you can always get a pail that can automatically roll the diapers up for you.

When do you need to change diapers

As have been said before, the frequency of your child’s diaper changes gradually decreases as he is slowly able to control his bowel movements, with him eventually discarding them in favor of the potty. However, determining when you need to change him is sometimes going to be a challenge.

During his early months, all you can rely on for this is his cries. By the time he reaches his third month, he actually starts to articulate a unique cry to alert you that his diaper is full.

When he starts walking, your little one will indicate that he is peeing or pooping in his diaper by heading to a hidden place and quietly staying there while he does the “deed”. He will also tell you directly that he wants to be changed.

Changing his/her diaper

Before you change your little one’s diaper, it is essential that you wash your hands thoroughly or use a hand sanitizer. Also, prepare all the things you need in a clean area, such as a changing table or a countertop where you laid out a blanket or a towel.

Open a clean diaper and careful place the back half (the one with the tabs) under your baby, Unfasten the tabs on the dirty diaper, making sure that they don’t stick to his skin. Carefully pull down the front half of the dirty diaper. If there is poop on the dirty diaper. Use the inside of the front half to wipe his bottom.

Now, fold the dirty diaper’s front half over the back half, with the clean side up. Lift your baby’s legs as you do this for clearance Thoroughly clean his front using a damp baby wipe or cloth. In the case of poop, you might want to do this several times to ensure complete removal.

Carefully remove the dirty diaper and seal it with the tabs. Make sure that you throw it into the bin once removed to avoid any spillage.

Before putting the new diaper on, let your baby’s skin dry for at least a minute. Now, pull the front half of the clean diaper up to his tummy. Make sure you spread out the part going between his legs for a comfortable fit. Fasten the tabs, making sure the diaper is snug but not too tight on him. With that, you are all done.