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How to change a diaper

How to change a diaper

Diapering your baby is as much a part of parenting as feeding, even though it can sometimes be challenging at first. With a good knowledge of the diapering basics, you'll be able to keep your baby dry, comfortable, and ready to learn, sleep, or play.

1. Remove the used diaper and clean between the folds of baby’s skin with gentle diaper wipes, such as Pampers Sensitive Wipes. Remember to always wipe front to back.

2. Raise baby carefully by the ankles and slide a clean diaper underneath. The colorful markings should be on the front, facing you.

3. Close the diaper and adjust the stretchy tabs so it isn’t too tight or too loose, you should be able to fit two fingers snuggly between the diaper and her stomach.

Top Tips:

  • Your baby’s first poop will be a thick, greenish, almost tar-like substance called meconium. It can be tough to clean, but gentle baby wipes will help do the trick.
  • Remember it’s important to check your baby’s diaper frequently, change after every poop, and after every nap or feed.
  • Cover your baby boy’s penis with a diaper or burp cloth while changing him to prevent getting a surprise shower yourself.
  • If you start to experience frequent leaks, it might be time to move up to the next diaper size.

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vanessa 4/20/2016
Thanks for the information about moving up a size if the diaper is leaking. And the coconut oil suggestion below affirms my thought, I was planning on doing that!

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4/14/2016
great tip for new parents

Coconut Oil

Steph 4/9/2016
I read a tip that putting a small amount of all natural coconut oil or avacado oil on babys bottom before the first couple of poops helps to clean off the tarry meconium poops that have a tendency to stick. Haven't tried it out yet as I'm still pregnant with my first but it sounds like it would work!

1st diaper change coming soon

4/8/2016
Thank you for all your help and advice on diaper changing. I'm sure when that first diaper change comes all this will unexpectedly vanish from my head, but its good to have a starting point to refer back to! Thanks again.

Diapers

Lays8910 4/1/2016
It is amazing how the diapers wick away the moisture and keep it away from my baby's skin.