Although diaper changes are not your favorite part, they are essential for baby care. It’s also important for the baby because diaper changes are necessary to prevent diaper rash and irritation.
This article will cover everything a new parent needs to know about changing diapers for their baby and how to make it as simple as possible.
It would help if you always had diapering necessities on hand.
Be sure to have these diapering necessities on hand before you start:
- Clean diapers. When changing diapers, it’s always a good idea to have spares.
- Use clean cotton balls, washcloths, or wipes. Warm water, a cotton ball, and a washcloth are sufficient to wash newborns below one month of age and those suffering from diaper rash. If you don’t have a baby, hypoallergenic wipes can be used to dry the baby. Pre-moistened wipes are best for older infants. Look out for ones that are free from fragrance and alcohol.
- Baby clothes change. One is necessary if your diaper leaks (it happens!). ).
- Use waterproof or clean diaper wraps. These are essential if you use cloth diapers.
- Use an ointment to soothe and prevent diaper rash. Diaper rash can be prevented by using an ointment to protect the baby’s skin from the irritation of poop, pee and tender bottom. There is no need to use lotions, baby oil, or powder. When using cloth diapers, you can’t use too many diaper rash creams or ointments.
- Your loving touch. A gentle voice, singing or talking can make diaper changing easier for your baby and you.
- Distraction. A distraction.
After you have everything you need, could you wash your hands and dry them? If this is not possible, wipe your hands with a diaper swab.
How to distinguish a wet diaper and a dry diaper
You’ll know when your newborn poops by the grunts or grimaces. If not, your little one will likely give you a whiff.
If your baby is wearing a disposable diaper, you will be able to tell if it has a liquid-sensitive stripe or a wet cloth diaper. If that doesn’t work, you can feel the diaper or examine the inside.
You don’t need to wake your baby if he is asleep. If your baby is not very wet or uncomfortable, it’s okay to change his diaper during nighttime feeds.
How to change a baby’s diaper
You can still change diapers with a newborn regardless of whether you use cloth diapers or disposable ones.
Place your baby onto a soft, clean surface.
You can use a changing table, a dresser with a changing pad, a crib, or even a bed (preferably covered with a towel or waterproof cover). If you aren’t at your changing table, place a cloth on the surface.
You should always keep one hand on your baby, no matter where you change diapers. Even if your little one is rolling over, keep your baby’s arm’s reach for any strapped babies.
Remove the diaper from your baby and clean it
Take off the diaper, and then take a look at the scene. Follow the same rules for boys and girls.
- To change a wet diaper, fold the dirty diaper under the baby so that the clean side is underneath its bottom. Then wipe the area.
- To clean a dirty diaper, Wipe the diaper as thoroughly as you can, and then fold it under as before. Clean baby’s legs with warm water or wipes. Be sure to reach all creases. Next, lift the legs and thoroughly clean the bottom.
After the baby has cleaned his diaper, take the dirty diaper off and place a clean one underneath him. Dry baby before you put on the diaper or any diaper rash creams.
If your umbilical cord is still attached, and you’re not using special newborn diapers for it to be wet, fold the diaper down. To prevent leaks, fasten it securely but not too tightly that irritation occurs. You’ll see the red marks when you change the diaper.
Disposables: The tabs are placed on the back of the baby and wrapped around the front.
Here are some more tips for diaper changing:
- To avoid poop from the vaginal area, girls need to wipe their bodies from front to back. You don’t need to open your labia and clean the inside, even with a white discharge.
- Boyfriends may surprise you with a pee fountain. If this happens, keep your boy’s penis covered with a cloth or diaper. You should expect erections from time to time. They are perfectly normal, and you can gently clean around the penis, scrotum and penis. To minimize leaks and soaked shirts, you should point your penis down when putting on the diaper.
Get rid of the dirty diaper.
Wrap the disposable diaper in a ball using the tab fasteners. You can then throw it away in your diaper pan, plastic bag, or trashcan (but not down the toilet).
Keep a bag of plastic bags handy for when you are away from home. Before you throw it away, place the dirty diaper in the bag and tie the bag. Place cloth diapers in a container with a tight-fitting lid or a vinyl bag until you have to change them.
Dress your baby.
After you are done, wash and change the baby’s sheets and clothes as often as necessary. Re-dress him.
Wash your hands once more
Wash your hands once more. If soap and water are not available, you can use hand sanitizer.