Tips: Newborn Diaper Change

Here are a few diaper-change tips to help you feel more confident and to save you time, worry, and laundry.

Changing newborn diaper

Diaper Change

Gather Supplies First

When planning to change your newborn’s diaper, grab all of the supplies you will need before you begin. Having everything organized within easy reach before you get your newborn makes it easier, and safer, for your baby.

The List

Suggested list: (1) a waterproof changing pad, to keep the bed linen or changing table clean, and/or to provide a protective surface for your baby when out and about, (2) two diapers, giving you an extra one just in case, (3) unlimited wipes, (4) a place to put the dirty wipes and diaper as you go along, and (5) a change of clothing within reach (always wise). When using cloth diapers you will also need your favorite type of fasteners and a waterproof diaper cover.

Pictures Go In The Front

Disposable diapers have a cute little design across the front to assist you in determining the front versus the back. It is possible to put diapers on backward, but they do not fit as well and may possibly leak.

Laundry Saving Tip

Even before you unfasten your baby’s dirty diaper, place a clean opened diaper under your baby. This new diaper may catch any stray stool or urine, and the outer plastic lining helps keep the changing pad or bed linen clean. This tip may save you loads of laundry! And if the safety diaper doesn’t get soiled during changing, it’s already in place for you to use.

Remove Booties and Socks

Babies squirm and kick during diaper changing, and it’s easy to lose your grip on one, if not both, active feet during cleaning. For sure the booties will be a mess before you can mange to grab those tiny feet again! It’s easier to remove the booties before you start, wipe clean a bare foot that strayed into the mess, and then replace the dry clean booties.

Fold Tabs Back On Themselves

Disposable diaper tabs are sticky, and not only do they stick great on the diaper, but they stick great on your newborn’s skin too. So when you’re removing the dirty diaper, take time to fold the tabs back on themselves. If you forget this little step, you will feel really bad when you have to remove the tab from your baby’s tender skin. This unfortunately is the voice of experience.

Built-In Diaper Safety Lock

The top front and top back of disposable diapers have a thin plastic border. When folded in toward your baby this border locks in the stool and urine, preventing it from wicking out of the diaper onto the clothes. Warm dry clothes keep your baby happier and reduce your laundry load. This clever detail works well if you take care to use it.

Always Wash Your Hands

The germs that live in the intestines are very happy there. These germs may easily get on your hands during a diaper change, and may wreak havoc if transferred hand to mouth. When you change a dirty diaper, and then eat or prepare food without washing your hands first, you and others may get sick from eating the contaminated food. Washing your hands after every diaper change is a very good habit to develop to protect your family and those around you.

Hopefully these inside tips will increase your confidence, save you a bit of laundry, and make changing your newborn’s diaper easier.

For you and yours,

D. Fravert, RN

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