There you are, with your newborn baby and a stinky diaper. The diaper change looks so easy on TV, but you have also heard that new parents, especially fathers cannot handle this situation. Now is your time to prove them all wrong – with a couple of twist you can change any diaper at any time.
Just because it is hard to change babies, we have put together a simple step-by-step guide for the diaper change. Take your time. Especially if it is your first time, you might need a go or two before it is right. But practice makes perfect, and that includes the diaper change.
Also, be sure that your baby really needs to be changed when you attempt to change the diaper. Not all babies have to have a diaper change right after they have eaten. Smell the diaper, and you know. One thing is for sure though: try to change your baby’s diaper every morning. This establishes a good routine and your baby will start of fresh and clean into the day.
How to perform the perfect diaper change:
- Wash your hands and dry them afterward.
- Place the baby on it back on a flat surface. Everything works – couch, table, floor etc. Priority number one is that it is clean and safe for the baby.
- Be sure that you have everything you need for the change: new diaper, wipes and towels. If not, grab your baby and go and get it. Never leave your baby alone, as it might fall to the floor an injure itself.
- Open the tabs on the used diaper. Stick the tabs to the diaper so that they will not stick to your baby.
- Wash away any poop that you can see on the baby’s body. Use a wipe or a sponge.
- Lift your baby’s bottom up. This is done by gently holding its feet in one hand and lifts them up a bit.
- Wash your baby again. Make sure that the genital area is clean of poop, urine etc. Take a look at the legs of your baby and make sure that these are clean as well.
- Before putting your baby down again, you extract the old diaper from under the baby and put a new on there instead. This is the tricky part that might require some time.
- Put your baby down.
- Fasten the new diaper around your baby. Think of it like underwear – it needs to cover the baby back and front and nothing should leak out. When taping the diaper into the right place, using the sticky tape holder provided on the side, you should not close it too hard around the baby. The baby has to be able to move its legs freely and be comfortable.
- Release the baby to wherever it was before and throw the old diaper out.