The Art of Diapering your Baby – A Step by Step Instruction
Babies are delicate. They have sensitive skin. Hence, it is important to take special care when handling an infant. Diapering baby is a daily practice. You need to be very careful while doing it. Listed below are step by step instructions on changing a disposable diaper:
- Wash and dry your hands.
- Set up a warm, clean area to change your baby.
- Keep the supplies ready. A clean diaper and baby wipes.
- A rash cream/ petroleum jelly.
Diaper Change Steps
Step 1: Open up a new clean diaper. Now place the back half with tabs on either side under your baby. The top of the back half must come up to your baby’s waist.
Step 2: Unfasten the tabs on the dirty diaper. Fold them over.
Step 3: Pull down the front half of the dirty diaper. For a baby boy, cover his penis with a clean cloth or another diaper. This is important to avoid getting his pee on either of you.
Step 4: In case, the diaper is soiled with poop, use the front half of the diaper to wipe the bulk of it off your baby’s bottom.
Step 5: Fold the dirty diaper in half under the baby. Keep the clean side up via lifting the baby’s bottom off the table and grasping both ankles with one hand. Now gently lift upward.
Step 6: Clean your baby’s front with a damp baby wipe, cloth, or gauze. For a baby girl, wipe from front to back. You need to go toward her bottom. This is important to keep bacteria from causing an infection.
Step 7: When cleaning baby poop, make sure you clean in the creases of your baby’s thighs and buttocks.
Step 8: After cleaning the poop, let your baby’s skin air dry for a few moments. You can also pat it dry with a clean cloth.
Step 9: Apply a rash cream or petroleum jelly to prevent baby’s delicate skin against diaper rash.
Step 10: Trash the dirty diaper and set it aside.
Step 11: Pull the front half of the clean diaper up to tummy of baby. If the baby is boy, point the penis down.
Step 12: Don’t cover the baby’s umbilical cord stump until it’s dried and fallen off.
Step 13: The diaper part between baby’s legs should be spread as wide as it looks comfortable.
Step 14: Now fasten the diaper at both sides using the tabs. Keep the diaper snug but not tight.
Step 15: Dress your baby and wash your hands thoroughly.
Make sure you keep tabs on the diaper and change it as and when required to avoid rashes and infection.