A Step-By-Step Guide on Changing Your Baby's Diaper
Updated: Jul 14, 2022
In this article, I will be sharing steps on how to change a newborn’s diaper.
1. Wash and dry your hands properly
2. Make sure you have everything you need to change your newborn's diaper
Clean disposable diapers. It's always good to have a couple of spares just in case.
A pack of baby wipes, damp cloth or warm water.
A diaper sack for the dirty diaper and used baby wipes.
A lidded bin for dirty diapers.
A set of newborn clothes. Leaked diapers? No worries, just prepare for a change of clothes!
A distraction. It's good to keep a favourite toy visible to distract your child!
By ensuring that you have all the diapering essentials on hand, you won't need to leave your newborn on his/her own in order to get the things you need. Plus, make sure that room is not too cold as your newborn be naked bottom half for a while.
3. Remove your newborn's dirty diaper
Next, lay your newborn on his back on a changing mat on the floor or a clean and tidy changing table.
Roll your newborn hands in his shirt to keep his hands clean and from moving.
Undress your newborn’s bottom half.
Leave your newborn’s top half covered to keep him warm.
Unfasten the sticky tabs and fold them over so they don’t stick to your newborn’s skin.
If you have a male newborn, you may want to point his penis down towards the diaper to avoid him peeing on you.
Your newborn may pee or poo soon after you open up his nether regions, hence you need to put a new diaper on the newborn fast.
4. Clean your baby up
Raise your newborn's bottom gently off the table by grasping both ankles so you can remove the diaper and clean them.
If your newborn has a poo, use the front of the diaper to clean as much off his skin as possible.
Throw the dirty diaper into your diaper bin or roll it up, sticking down the tapes to seal it, and put to one side for a minute.
Use the baby wipes to clean the rest of your newborn’s bottom regardless of whether he did a poo or wee.
If you have a female newborn, clean her from front to back so she doesn’t get any germs in her vagina.
If you have a male newborn, clean around his testicles and penis.
5. Dry your baby
Make sure your newborn’s bottom is dry before putting on the clean diaper as the sticky tabs won’t work if they are wet.
Dry your newborn’s bottom with a towel.
6. Put a clean diaper on
Place a clean diaper under your newborn by gently grasping both his ankles and lifting his bottom in the air.
If you have a male newborn, make sure his penis is pointing down.
Fold the top part of the diaper down so that his cord stump is not in the diaper.
Make sure the diaper between your newborn’s legs is spread open to avoid chafing.
Fasten the diaper on each side using the sticky tabs.
7. Clean up
Put your newborn in a safe place like on the floor or in a cot, then put the diaper sack in a lidded bin.
Wash your hands thoroughly or use a hand sanitiser if a sink isn't available.
Well, I hope all these steps will help you to change your newborn’s diaper.
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