All About Diapering Your Baby
Make sure you have everything you need right beside you. You should never, ever leave a baby alone on a bed or changing table. So make sure you've got a fresh diaper, baby wipes (or lukewarm water and a washcloth), baby ointment (if necessary) and a changing pad handy before you begin.
Here's how to get the job done:
- Place a diaper pad or receiving blanket under your baby to help minimize leakage. Always be prepared when you're changing a baby's diaper!
- Remove the dirty diaper and place it out of reach so your baby won't think it's food or a toy! With a boy baby, you should cover his penis with a washcloth so you don't get squirted!
- Use baby wipes or a damp washcloth to wipe your baby's bottom and genitals. Don't forget to wipe from front to back when cleaning a girl's genitals. For either gender, be gentle— remember, your baby's skin is still pretty delicate.
- Apply petroleum jelly or diaper ointment (zinc oxide) if necessary.
- Put on a new diaper and make sure that it's fastened tight enough to contain potential leaks. But be sure that it's not too tight or the baby might be uncomfortable.
- Don't forget to dispose of the dirty diaper somewhere so it doesn't stink up the whole room. Diaper genies are OK, but a plastic bag also does the trick.
- Clean up the diaper changing area to prevent spreading icky germs. And make sure to wash your hands!
If you still need help, check out our video on how to diaper a baby for more helpful tips!