Diapering Your Baby The Right Way – A Step By Step Guide

Being a new mother can be an exciting experience. Your bundle of joy is a delight to watch, and for the first time, you will discover how much you can love someone. However, it can sometimes be challenging.

Becoming a parent means that you have to do the best for your baby -whatever it takes. However, there are no specific guidelines to follow. To be a good parent, you have to find a balance between your instincts and the advice you get from people. One area that you probably need instructions for you to do it right is diapering.

Diapering might seem simple until you have to do it yourself. It can bring about mixed feelings of fear and anxiety. You will find yourself pondering how to use tabs the right way in a disposable diaper and how to wrap and reusable diaper around your baby’s delicate leg without causing injuries.

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The good news, though, is that you will only need a little bit of practice to become a pro. Here is a step by step guide on how to change your baby’s diaper the right way.


  • You need the following thing before you start diapering your baby.
  • A clean diaper. Make sure to go for the right size that fits your baby comfortably. You should also pick one that is comfortable enough.
  • Baby washcloths, wipes, or cotton balls
  • Warm water for cleansing if you don’t have wipes
  • Baby creams for rashes
  • Baby lotion or petroleum jelly
  • A proper place to dispose of used diapers

Steps to Follow When Changing Your Baby’s Diaper

  • First, you need to make sure that you have all the requirements listed above within your reach. You should also have clean clothes to change your baby.
  • Place a thick towel or a washable pad on a changing table and lie your baby on it facing upwards. Your baby might feel uncomfortable in this position at times, therefore try making him happy while changing him.
  • Open a clean diaper and place it on the side. All this time, you should keep an eye on your baby so that he may not roll over.
  • Remove the diaper he is wearing (if any) and wipe from front to back using baby wipes. If the baby has moved his bowel, then use a section of the previous diaper to wipe him. You can also use a washcloth or cotton balls and warm water to clean him. Try out different methods to find out which one works best.
  • Use a soft towel to dry your baby after washing. Don’t apply any cream, ointment, or lotion before he dries to prevent diaper rashes from occurring.
  • Once the area has dried, apply diaper cream or ointments and check for any spot where there is redness or rash.
  • Hold your baby gently in the area near the ankles and lift his legs and bum up before you slip a new diaper underneath. If you are using a disposable diaper, the section on the back is the one containing tabs and without decoration.
  • Once the diaper is in place, fasten the tabs or the Velcro. The diaper shouldn’t be too tight, and the position of the tapes shouldn’t come in contact with the baby’s skin. If you are using a reusable diaper and safety pins, you should exercise care by placing your fingers underneath the diaper while fastening the pin to make sure it doesn’t prick your little one’s skin.
  • Check to ensure that the diaper isn’t too tight around the stomach or the legs and it covers the baby’s behind fully. Ensure that you don’t tuck the edges under especially around the waist area.
  • Dispose the soiled diaper correctly and wash your hands
  • Take clean clothes and dress your young one

Important pointers to keep in mind when diapering your baby

While it is important to diaper your baby the right way, you should always focus on the health, comfort, and safety of the baby. As a young mother, you need to consider the following factors to avoid leaving your baby prone to accidents or health issues.

Cleanliness is mandatory: Unlike in adults, a baby’s immune system hasn’t undergone full development, and that leaves your loved one prone to illnesses. Make sure to use clean diapers, clothes, and equipment when diapering.

Never leave your child unattended: Even if you have laid your baby on his back, never assume that he can’t fall off the changing table. Always use one hand to hold the baby gently while diapering. You should never leave him on his own.

The diaper shouldn’t be too tight: Although the baby might not react immediately to a tight diaper, it will still bring discomfort soon afterward. Use your best judgment to make sure that it isn’t too tight and that it doesn’t put too much pressure on his stomach.

Check for rashes: Look out for any rashes on your baby around the diaper area. If there is a rash that doesn’t seem to disappear after a few days, then contact the nearest health professional immediately.

Use the right ointments: Make sure to select ointments that are designed specifically for babies. They shouldn’t have too many additives or perfumes which may end up irritating the baby. If you aren’t sure of the right ointment for your baby, then ask fellow mothers or your doctor for advice.

Exercise much care on newly circumcised babies: If your baby has undergone circumcision recently, make sure to follow your doctor’s instructions while cleaning him up or changing diapers. You should also make sure the area is clean to prevent infections.

Diapering is one of the essential duties every mother has to perform time and again. It is important that you know how to clean and diaper your baby properly to avoid infections or discomfort. Hopefully, with the guide above you have learned the essentials of diapering and how you can do it correctly.

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