How to Change a Diaper

diaper changeWhether you choose cloth or disposable diapers, the steps are pretty much the same. To begin, make sure you have everything you need nearby.

  • An unfolded diaper with the tabs pointing out
  • Wipes or soft paper towels and warm water
  • Diaper-rash cream, if needed

1. Place your baby on their back on the changing pad, and if you are using a changing table, don't forget to use your safety straps!

2. Release the tabs, and raise your child's bottom by gently grabbing their ankles and lifting.

3. Slide the used diaper out from underneath your baby, and place it out of their reach, leaving it open if possible.

4. For newborns, cleanse the previously diapered area using a soft paper towel dipped in warm water, as wipes can irritate their sensitive skin. Most pediatricians recommend waiting to use wipes until your baby is about two months old. For girls, it is important to remember to wipe from front to back to prevent infection. For boys, you may want to place a folded paper towel or another clean diaper between his legs to avoid any surprise showers!

5. For babies older than two months, cleanse the previously diapered area using baby wipes. Don't forget to wipe the areas “hidden” by rolls of skin. For girls, be sure to wipe from front to back to avoid infection.

6. Put all dirty paper towels or wipes inside the dirty diaper.

7. Slide a clean diaper underneath your baby, tabs to the back. Disposable diapers usually have a colorful picture around the waistband to indicate which part should be placed in front. Make sure you're using the right size diapers for your baby. Check out this sizing chart from Pampers to find the right fit. 

8. Apply diaper rash cream, if necessary.

9. Pull the front of the diaper up over their belly, and pull the tabs open and around from the back to fasten in the front. The diaper should be snug to avoid leaks but be careful not to make it too tight. For newborns, be sure to fold the front of the diaper down before fastening the tabs until the cord has completely fallen off.

10. Wrap up the dirty diaper, fastening it together with the tabs, and discard.

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36 comments

  1. Grace says:

    good read and the comments are too!

  2. Danielle says:

    Great information for new moms

  3. Doranda says:

    I don’t think you need to wait to use wipes. They make wipes for sensitive skin too!

  4. I’m surprised that my husband knew how to do it.

  5. life says:

    i really needed this information its been 4years since i have chance a diaper and now that i have 9more weeks left til my second baby getshere. i still nerves but this iinformation will make it a big reliefs

  6. Stephanie says:

    i really like this imformation to know if its the right way

  7. Kia says:

    i think i will be change all the diapers he will be to scared to change one

  8. JoyRied says:

    I really need this. My husband has already had a lot of changing experience. I’ve yet to change a diaper.

  9. Kesha says:

    very good info, my baby’s father will need this!

  10. Stephanie says:

    I always thought it was going be hard with my daughter 9yrs ago but it wasn’t thank God now about to have my son it should be a piece of cake………

  11. sheenaholman says:

    My husband changes diapers better than me.

  12. Courtney says:

    Yay should be simple to teach to the daddy this way 🙂

  13. Sara says:

    Caring for his circumcision was a lot easier than I thought; my biggest problem is remembering to keep him covered when changing his diaper- I got peed on 3 times today! Lol..

  14. Sara says:

    I have never been a pro at changing diapers and until his circumcision heals it will be a challenge…

  15. Jennie says:

    This is a great break down.

  16. AmyC says:

    I’ve worked in child care for yrs, but a list like this would probably be good for my husband to have on hand 😉

  17. Lilly says:

    For babies who do not yet crawl, it’s actually recommended to roll them to the side rather than lifting from their ankles. Lifting from the ankles can cause their spine to shift, and can trap gas, making colic worse.

  18. Lilly says:

    Vaseline is a petroleum product, which means it’s full of chemicals and not very good for baby’s skin, as it doesn’t allow the skin to breathe. Coconut oil is great for diaper cream, or even breastmilk! 🙂

  19. JamJam says:

    coconut oil is my personal fav (unrefined) its natural and works like a charm on most skin issues

  20. JamJam says:

    This is the first ive heard of it as well. and no you REALLY dont have to wait 2 months to use wipes its a suggestion because i guess the wipes can irritate their skin

  21. This was great for my husband to read. He had never changed a diaper before.

  22. Valerie says:

    I’ve never heard of that either.. None of my doctors have told me of this, or friends/family. Guess I’ll have to do some research!

  23. Valerie says:

    It sounds simple enough. Until that little one starts squirming and poo gets everywhere, and you dont want to hold them to tight for fear of hurting them. Changing diapers can be very challenging! lol

  24. I would use vitamin A&D ointment. It wipes from the skin easier and is less harsh on baby bottoms 🙂

  25. Get used to alot and i mean ALOT of laundry lol

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