So, you’re expecting a baby, and with that comes the expectation that you’ll just know how to change a diaper, right?! But it’s not just you who doesn’t have a clue when it comes to that first newborn dirty diaper change. After all, you’ve probably heard a lot of poop stories, but never how to clean it up.
Since newborns often need 8-10 diaper changes per day, don’t worry, you’ll soon be changing diapers like a pro.
Once your baby is laid down ready for a diaper change, you don’t want to be leaving their side to fetch other supplies you need. Although your newborn will stay put, for now, they’ll soon be rolling around, so it’s wise to get into safe habits from the get-go.
It’s a good idea to have these basic items ready at each diaper change:
- A clean diaper (or two)
- Wipes, wipes, and more wipes
- Diaper rash cream or ointment
- A clean outfit
- A distraction
Your baby will love to hear your voice, so singing a song, or simply talking about what you’re doing, will help keep baby (and you) calm throughout the process. Despite the poop, diaper changes are a great time for some mama-baby bonding.
How to change a baby’s diaper
Once your baby is laid down on a safe surface, it’s go-time! Whether you’re using disposable or cloth diapers, changing a boy or girl, a wet or a soiled nappy, the basics are the same.
1. Before removing the dirty diaper, lift your baby’s legs and bottom to lay the clean diaper underneath them, with the tabs at the back. This way, any changing table accidents will be caught by the new diaper.
2. Undo the tabs on the dirty diaper and have a look at what you’re dealing with. If you need to, use the diaper to wipe down any excess poop, folding it in half so you can place their bottom down on the clean outside front of the diaper.
3. Use wipes or a wet washcloth or cotton balls to clean the diaper area at every diaper change, making sure you get in between any folds of skin.
4. Remove the dirty diaper from the area, rolling it up and securing it with the tabs.
5. Allow your baby’s diaper area to dry before fitting the new diaper. This will help prevent diaper rash. If you do notice a red rash, a diaper rash cream or ointment can help. If your little one has had a rash for more than a few days, speak to your doctor.
6. Fasten the clean diaper by bringing the tabs around to the front of the waistband and securing it. If your newborn still has their umbilical stump, fold the front of the diaper down, out of the way.
7. Victory dance! You deserve it!
Signs of a well-fitted diaper
- It’s tight, but not too tight, so 2 fingers can fit between the diaper and tummy.
- The tabs are fastened symmetrically.
- The leg cuff ruffles are tucked out. They’re like a stage 2 poop-blocker!
And if you’re still wondering…
How do you know when to change a diaper?
Most disposable diapers have a color-changing urine indicator to help you. If you’re unsure, or if you’re using cloth diapers, a quick peek or feel inside will let you know.
How do you wipe a baby girl?
Always front to back, to avoid spreading bacteria.
How to change a baby boy’s diaper…
Place a wipe or washcloth over his penis throughout the diaper change to catch an unexpected pee-fountain. Always tuck your baby boy’s penis downwards in his diaper to avoid leaks.