How to Change a Baby's Diaper

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How many people have had kids or taken care of babies before?

How many people actually have had the chance to change a baby's diaper?


I want you to think about this topic, and recognize that the act of changing diapers is anything but nasty or insignificant, it is in fact something you may need to learn (or redo) sooner than what you think, and when that time comes, I guarantee you want to be ready - and go for it!


I will show you how to change a baby's diaper by first telling you the supplies you need ahead of time, second by using a step by step procedure and illustrations on how to do it, and third what are the major considerations when it comes to using cloth or disposable diapers.


*Someday you may become a parent or maybe you are a parent already; but you don't need to wait until you have your own kids to learn how to change a diaper.

*The first time you do it may think that you'll never be able to do it quickly and without breaking a sweat. It really is quite simple, though.

*Maybe some of you never want to have kids, but that won't stop you from becoming an aunt, uncle or just a babysitter, and you won't want to learn how to do it at the last minute.



1. Gather supplies needed:

a- Clean diaper, wipes, a burp cloth, baby powder, plastic bags, and a safe place (changing table or bed).

2-Never leave the baby unattended.

a-By gathering all the necessary items before you start, your baby's safety won't be in risk.


1- Lay baby down.

a- secure your baby to prevent him/her from falling off.

2- Remove the baby's clothes from the waist down.

3- Remove the soiled diaper.

a- Don't remove it from underneath your baby, to prevent accidents.

b-If the baby is a boy, place a burp cloth over him.

4- Take a wipe and begin to clean the diaper area.

a- Clean from front to back to avoid infections.

5- Open the new diaper

6- Lift the baby's legs and remove the old diaper and place the clean one under your baby.

a-The side with the tapes should go underneath.

7-Apply baby powder

a- Spread evenly to help prevent a rash in the future.

b- Pull the front of the diaper through your baby's legs and with one hand gently hold it down on baby's stomach. With your other hand untape one side and secure it to the front of the diaper.

c- Place two fingers inside the top of the front of the diaper (to tell if it's to loose or too tight)

D-If it's a newborn fold diaper below umbilical cord, so it stays dry.

e-If it's a boy make sure his penis is pointing down when you put on the new diaper.

8- Replace your baby's clothes.

9-- Wash your hands when done.


***The type of diaper you use on your baby depends on goals of cost, environmental concerns and time management.

***** Are cloth diapers cheaper than disposable diapers?

Disposable diapers:

**Different sizes

**Designed by age and weight of baby

**Keep baby drier

a- Seem Convenient

b- Buy them very often

c- Pay for disposal too.

Cloth Diaper:

**Different Fabrics ( cotton, terry cloth, flannel) and Thickness


b-Electricity, detergent, time

c-More breathable

d-No chemicals

****Cloth diapers need to be changed more often than disposables.

4-6 dispos = 6-8 cloth diaper changes

Using both is always an option as well. To get both benefits.

Example you can use:

Daytime = cloth diapers

Nighttime or traveling = disposable.


***Changing a baby's diaper may not be your favorite hobby, but it's an experience you might need to accomplish sooner or later in your life.

***You should learn all the safety procedures involved in it, and enjoy it as much as you can, just as your parents did when you were born.

*** If you already have experience on it, this may confirm what you previously know and you might be able to observe it from another point of view.

***It's not as hard as it seems the first time. To make it easier you just need to have all necessities in hand, before you start.

***Make sure the baby is changed at least eight times a day.

***Never leave a baby unattended and keep an eye on the baby at all times.

***You may also consider this special time to talk, learn, have fun and connect with the baby.


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