How To Properly...

Change a Diaper

Step One. Gather supplies. Diapering a baby requires a diaper supply, ointment, powder, soap and a wash cloth or baby wipes, toys, a pacifier, a garbage receptacle or bag, a changing blanket or mat and water if using soap and a wash cloth. You should also have handy an extra change of clothes for the baby and something to wash your own hands with. Diapers for the young one should be the right size. Diapers come in several size choices from premature and newborn all the way up to sizes for three or four year old's. Disposable diapers available at the store have been largely upgraded to be biodegradable along with oodles of other "green" features in current years. There isn't much need to use cloth styles to be a follower of the ecological trends going on, disposable diapers are fresh and sanitary straight from the package with no laundry chores needed and this might be your wisest option with any modern lady's hectic schedule. Ointment for the baby should be a medicated or vitamin fortified type, unless you have a prescription from your pediatrician you can pick this up at the store when you get your diapers. The powder you have to add an extra pat of dry to the baby's bottom should be a gentle baby powder or even simple corn starch from the kitchen will do in a pinch. Soap and water for you can be in the form of a hand sanitizer if you want, or wash up with one of the baby wipes if you are using these. Simple toys or the baby's favorite rattle and his or her pacifier are a good idea for when you are changing the diaper, you probably want to hold back the bottle until the diaper is changed.

Step Two. Set up the mat or changing table. On your changing table put all the staples from the above list that you are using unless you are changing the baby on a mat or quilt, in this case set the items near the mat or quilt, before getting the child from his scooter or other seat. Wash your own hands.

Step Three. Prepare the baby or child. Get the child, if it isn't already on your hip, and bring him or her to the changing area. Gently remove the baby's shoes and bottom pants plus the dirty diaper. If he has gotten the rest of his outfit wet, go ahead and take that off, too. Using baby wipes or a washcloth moistened with baby wash or other soap clean up his skin being careful to clean up the messiest part last. Use two wash cloths if necessary, or, several baby wipes, say two or three, that should be enough. Don't scrimp. After you get used to changing diapers, you won't need as many most of the time.

Step Four. Attach the diaper. Now that you have the baby cleaned up, you can add ointment, the powder and finally the diaper. The diaper should have sticky strips or Velcro fasteners for closing. Open the diaper, put it under the baby, who should be laying on his back, apply ointment if desired and powder or corn starch, but not too much, pull the front section through his or her legs and fasten, being careful to get the grip on the snug side. How is he/she doing? You can comfort the baby while you do this by talking to him or squeezing his toys with him a few times. Babies cry a lot of times when they are being changed. It feels weird to them when the cool air hits their skin. Tell them about it, be understanding, and they will be learning words as well.

Step Five. Dress the baby and shut down shop. Now that the baby is all freshened up put his clothes back on, either the original outfit or the fresh outfit. Making sure the baby is securely on your hip or in a safety seat, dispose of the diaper or trash bag with the diaper in it in the appropriate receptacle. Do not flush diapers down a toilet. Close up the ointment and the powder and put away the changing mat if you used one. Put the dirty outfit and wash cloths in the hamper or wherever it is that you put dirty laundry. Did you remember the baby's shoes? Check that you haven't forgotten the shoes and you are done.