Looking for a stress free and easier guide on how to change your baby’s diaper? I hear ya mama! That’s why I’m sharing with you this step-by-step guide on how to change your newborn baby’s diaper. Because diaper changing can definitely be a stressful and eventful time for a new parent. Your baby either pees all over you or poops while you’re changing his/her diaper. I have to admit, I experienced both of them and many parents do too!
It is funny when you think about it but the less it can happen the better! I have also learned a few tips and tricks on how to change baby’s diaper and I’m so happy to share them with you. With three kids under my belt, I had to learn and make diaper changing as easy and stress free as possible.
Okay mama! Ready to rock at diaper changing? Let’s go!
Before the guide on how to change your baby’s diaper, you first need these baby tips and tricks:
How to hold a baby while changing a diaper?
To correctly and safely change your baby’s diaper, you need to first lay your baby on his back and on a flat surface. Then, hold baby’s legs by the ankles with one hand and gently lift him up. Get this baby changing table pad to make it easier for you!
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I know that as a new mom you want to feel prepared and confident in knowing exactly how to care for your baby and yourself. That’s why I wrote the ebook the first time mom guide! to help you rock your first year with a newborn. Read it here!
How to stop baby boy from peeing on you while changing his diaper?
Okay mama! I hear ya! My baby boy peed right on my mouth and it was a scene. His pee was warm, haha! Anyways, I’m sure you rather not feel his pee on your face.
So here is what you should do!
- Lay him on a comfortable flat surface (changing pad, changing table or bed)
- Fold over tabs on dirty diaper
- Place a clean cloth or towel over your baby’s penis
- Change baby’s diaper
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Here’s a fun baby diaper hack just for you!
- This is an easier way to know if your baby’s diaper is wet or not. All you have to do is check the yellow line in the middle of the diaper (most diapers have it) when it turns blue. That’s your cue!
- Pull down your baby’s onesie instead of up. This helps to not get it dirty. This is perfect for when your baby has blowouts.
Answering the most common newborn diaper changing questions
Should I change my baby’s diaper at night?
I believe so mama but it depends!You may want to buy a nightlight so you can see what you’re doing. If your baby has poop that’s an automatically yes. If your baby only has a wet diaper and it’s not completely full, then you can wait until he/she wakes up.
You can try this!
- Double up on the diapers at night, this helps your baby not make any accidents or have leaks overnight.
- Place a clean diaper under the wet one. Remove the dirty diaper, close the tabs on the new one and that’s it!
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Should I wake baby to change diaper?
I say yes when it comes to a poopy diaper/soiled diaper. The minute that you know and smell the poop, you should change it. This will prevent your baby from developing irritated skin or diaper rash! Wet diapers, not so much.
If your baby is taking a nap or sleeping through the night, it’s okay to not change your baby’s diaper right away. You can simply wait until she or he wakes up.
How often should you change your baby’s diaper?
It is recommended to change your baby’s diapers every 2 to 3 hours. “Babies urinate approximately 20 times a day for the first several months of their lives” (source)
Okay mama! Here is the helpful guide on how to change baby’s diaper. I share with you step-by-step instructions. I hope you find it helpful 🙂
A Step by Step guide on how to change baby’s diaper
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Step 1: Have your diaper changing essentials ready.
Step 2: Lay your baby on the changing pad, bed or changing table! on his/her back.
(make sure you are with your baby at all times. You can hold him with one hand, while getting the supplies you need with the other)
Step 3. Provide your baby with distractions (toys, blankets, talk to him/her etc.)
Step 4: Remove your baby’s clothes. Pull down his pants, remove his onesie, etc.
Step 5: Open a new diaper and place it under the dirty one. Remove both tabs from the dirty diaper. But do not remove it yet.
Step 6: If your baby is a boy, you want to place a clean cloth on your baby’s penis to prevent him from peeing on you and on himself. Fun times!
Step 7: It’s time to remove the dirty diapers. If it’s a poopy diaper, then using the dirty diaper to wipe down some of the poop.
Step 8: With clean baby wipes, wipe your baby’s bottom from the front to back, it helps prevent bacteria from spreading and causing a urinary infection in baby girls. Make sure you clean very well.
Step 9: Apply, any diaper rash ointment, petroleum jelly (if baby boy is healing from his circumcision) baby powder and lotion.
Step 10: Now, pull the front of the new diaper to your baby’s tummy. Open one of the tabs or tape and tape it to the front of the diaper. Repeat the same step with the second tab. Make sure the diaper is not too tight.
Step 11: Dress your baby again, either with new or same clothes.
This is your step by step guide on how to change baby’s diaper. It wasn’t that bad after all. Now it’s important that I tell you that you will find your own way of changing your baby’s diapers within time. This is your main guide to get you started.
Remember to never leave your baby unattended and if you forget something, either ask someone to hand it to you or simply take your baby with you.
I hope you found this guide on how to change baby’s diaper helpful and have found all of your questions answered on how to change baby’s diapers.