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The First Diaper Change

As confessed in another one of my diaper posts, I have never changed a diaper. Never, ever. Not once. I have, however, watched two of my friends change their babies’ diapers. Does that count? Am I learning diaper-changing skills by osmosis?

I try to tell myself that changing the baby’s diaper won’t be that big of a deal. After all, I can grout tile. And cook Thanksgiving dinner for ten. And balance my checkbook (kind of). And run a small business. So surely, wiping my baby’s bare butt will be easy. It’s not rocket science… right?

Click through to learn how I’m preparing for that first diaper change. 

The other day, I literally Googled “how to change a baby’s diaper.” The Internet really does know everything.

Maybe I’m preaching to the choir here, and everyone reading this has changed a diaper before, but… I’m betting there’s someone out there just like me. Completely clueless! So just for that person, I compiled all the advice that I’ve read and heard into this step-by-step guide to changing a disposable diaper.

  • Step 1: Make sure you have everything you need to change the baby’s diaper within reach (wipes, new diaper, and diaper rash cream, if applicable). Never leave the baby unattended and keep a hand on them at all times, especially if they are on a table, bed, or couch.
  • Step 2: Lay the baby face-up on a changing pad or towel with the new diaper opened underneath their bottom.
  • Step 3: Unfasten the diaper tabs. Lift the baby off the diaper by grasping their chubby little legs. If there’s a big mess, use the clean top part of the dirty diaper to wipe everything down as you remove the dirty diaper. Don’t put the baby down on the clean diaper just yet – keep her up! Alternatively, if you unfasten the dirty diaper and discover it’s not very messy, you can fold it down and lay the baby on top of the outside of it.
  • Step 4: Use wipes to wipe her bottom thoroughly. If the baby is a girl, always wipe front to back to prevent the transfer of bacteria into her vagina. Allow the baby to air dry or pat her dry with a towel.  Apply rash cream if desired.
  • Step 5: Remove the dirty diaper and place it out of the baby’s reach. Wrap the dirty wipes in the diaper and use the fasteners to seal it shut.
  • Step 6: Fasten on the clean diaper. If the umbilical stump hasn’t fallen off your newborn yet, be sure the diaper isn’t rubbing against it.
  • Step 7: Dispose of the dirty diaper, wash your hands, and disinfect any contaminated surfaces.
  • Step 8: All clean!

Whew. Did I get it right? Any tips or tricks that I should know about?

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