Diapering your baby: Step-by-step Instructions

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New parents spend a lot of time changing their baby. Indeed, babies may use 10 diapers a day or more.

Diaper changing might seem complicated at first. But with a little practice, you’ll find that keeping your baby high and dry is easy.

Getting Ready

Before you begin, gather a few supplies:

1. a diaper

2. fasteners (if you are using cloth prefold diapers)

3. a container of warm water and cotton balls (for babies with sensitive skin) or a clean washcloth or diaper wipes

4. diaper ointment or petroleum jelly (for preventing and treating rashes)

5. a changing pad or cloth diaper for placing under your baby

Make sure your supplies are all within reach. Babies should never be left unattended, even for a second. Even newborns can surprise parents with their ability to roll.

Step 1: Wiping

Using the wet washcloth, cotton balls, or baby wipes, gently wipe your baby clean from the front to the back (never wipe from back to front, especially on girls, or you could spread the bacteria that can cause urinary tract infections). You might want to lift your baby’s legs by the ankles to get a better reach. Don’t forget the creases in the thighs and buttocks.

For boys, keep a clean diaper over the penis during changing because exposure to air often causes boys to urinate — on you, the walls, or anything else within range.

Step 2: Once you’ve finished wiping, pat your baby dry with a clean washcloth and apply diaper ointment.

Step 3: Open the diaper and slide it under your baby while gently lifting his or her legs and feet. The back part with the adhesive strips should be about level with your baby’s bellybutton.

Step 4: Bring the front part of the diaper up between your baby’s legs and onto his or her belly.

Step 5: Bring the adhesive strips around and fasten snugly. Be careful not to stick the tape onto your baby’s skin.

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