Changing Your Baby’s Diaper
If you are a first time parent, chances are you will experience your many “firsts” when it comes to child care. These stuffs or chores could be familiar to you or you are already knowledgeable about it. These things could be easier for you if you have small children at home but if not, they could be quite challenging.
One of the most common things you will do aside from feeding the baby is to change diapers. Soiled diapers can ruin a child’s good night’s sleep. It can also cause him rashes if not changed regularly.
What to Do?
Whether you are a newbie or a pro in changing diapers, your baby will still give you a lot of practice. The common mistake here is putting the diaper lopsided or backward but we know you’ll get better in time.
Below is a step-by-step guide of changing a diaper.
- Gather all your supplies such as wet wipes, fresh diapers, cloth, rash creams, and warm water or cotton balls. Never leave the baby unattended so make sure to have everything at hand.
- Ensure that your hands are clean. Lie the baby down on a flat surface and always keep your one hand on his legs so she won’t roll off.
- Some diapers have an indicator of “wetness”. This line is usually yellow in color when dry. Once the line turned blue, that is the time to change your baby’s diaper.
- Hold the baby’s legs and slightly lift him up so you undo the dirty diaper and clean his or her genitals. Just don’t remove the dirty diaper yet while you are cleaning him.
- Use mild soap or baby wash and water to clean him if he pooped but if not, baby wipes will do.
- If you are to wash the baby’s bottom, hold his or her legs while his head is in your arms.
- Wipe it with a clean towel and make sure everything is dry.
- You can put some rash cream or diaper ointment first especially if there are noticeable red spots on baby’s genitals.
- Place the fresh diaper underneath the baby and make sure it is secured but not too tight. The adhesive strips should be at belly button level.
- Fasten the strips correctly to avoid leaks and make a snug.
- To check if it fits him well, you should be able to place two fingers between the baby’s waist and the diaper.
- Spread the diaper on the leg part ass too much bunching can make him feel uncomfortable.
Changing your baby’s diaper also serve as your bonding time. Just make sure that you are observing the following to ensure baby’s health and safety.
- Always wipe your baby’s genital from front to back. This will prevent the spreading of bacteria that can cause her urinary tract infection.
- Newborn babies should be cleaned with wet cotton balls and warm water.
- If the dirty diaper is a big mess, place a towel or cloth under the baby while still cleaning him or her up.
- Make sure to also clean the creases and folds of the baby’s buttocks and thighs.
- For newborn babies that still have the umbilical cord stump, avoid covering the stump until it is completely dried and fallen off.
- If you notice that the poop or his or her pee is leaking, maybe it’s time to go one size bigger.
- To avoid getting sprayed with pee, place a wet wipe or another clean diaper on your baby boy’s penis while changing him.
How frequently you will need to change your baby’s diaper depends on you. Usually, they would urinate at least 20 times a day. It will be exhausting on your part if you will change it every two hours but this will prevent him from irritation and rashes.
Remember that changing diapers won’t be forever so enjoy while it last. This is an ideal time for you to connect with your baby by touching him or her, talking to her and playing. It will be more fun if your partner will join you and baby.