Diapering your Baby - Step by Step
How to Change a Diaper?
At the beginning babies may use 10 diapers a day or more thus you will find yourself spending a lot of time diapering your baby.
Here are some common mistakes that most parents do while diapering:
|Putting a diaper on backwards or lopsided.
| ||Getting an unexpected spray of urine from a baby boy.|
It might seem complicated at start but with this practical step by step diapering guide it will be easy:
| ||Get ready by using My Practical Diapering Checklist.
| ||Open the used diaper, hold your baby's legs with one hand and use the other hand to pull down the front of the diaper. Don't remove it just yet.
| ||Use the front part of the diaper to help wipe your baby -wiping from front to back to avoid a urinary tract infection, then again gently wipe using wipe or wet washcloth to clean from the front to the back (never wipe from back to front).
| ||Lift baby's legs and slide the used diaper out, then slide a clean diaper underneath your baby.
| ||Pull the diaper's front up between baby's legs.
| ||Close the tabs on a disposable diaper or pin the corners of a cloth diaper together.|
| ||Wash your hands with soap and water after changing your baby.
Diapering a Baby Boy
| ||When diapering a boy, tuck his penis down so he won't urinate on you.|
Diapering a Baby Girl
| ||When cleaning a girl, wipe from front to back (from her vaginal area to her bottom) to keep bacteria from causing an infection.|
| ||Place your baby on the changing table or a flat surface, make sure to keep one hand on the baby so he doesn't roll off.
| ||Never Never leave your baby unattended, even for a minute.|
| ||If your child is squirming around, try to distract him/her with a mobile or a colored toy. |
| ||Changing time is a great opportunity to bond with your baby, you can sing or talk to your baby explaining what you are doing. |
| ||If you don't have a changing table you can use a bed or even the floor with a portable changing pad spread on it. |
| ||If there is a mess, give your baby a bath, it is more efficient than cleaning all up on the changing area.|
| ||For newborns, avoid covering the umbilical cord. Fold the top of the diaper down so that the umbilical stump is exposed, or use a newborn diaper with a cutout for the stump.|
| ||To make sure that the diaper is snug but not so tight that it might pinch your baby's skin, place your two fingers between the diaper and baby's waist.|
What to do with the used diapers?
| ||Toss wet diapers right into the diaper pail.|
| ||Empty any solid waste into the toilet first ,then toss the diaper into the diaper pail.|
| ||Wash the cloth diapers separately from other laundry using a mild, hypoallergenic detergent.|
| ||Place the disposable diaper into a small plastic bag, tape it up, and place it in a diaper pail.|
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