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How To Change a Disposable Diaper (Video)


Simple, step-by-step instructions on how to easily change a disposable diaper.

Over the next few years, you’ll change more than 7,000 diapers. That might sound scary, but we promise, after a few days you’ll be so used to it, you’ll be able to change them in your sleep. 

This step-by-step guide will tell you everything you need to get started. First make sure you have everything at hand. An important safety note is never to leave your baby unattended while you’re changing their diaper!

Find a clear, flat surface for your changing mat. It’s best to find one that’s not too high – waist-height is perfect as it’ll stop your back from aching. You may find it helpful to distract baby with a soft toy. Lay baby down on the mat and pop open her onesie, then lift all of her other clothes out of the way.

Next, undo the sides of the diaper. Lift her legs into the air, and use a clean corner of the diaper to gather up any heavy soiling. Take off the dirty diaper, roll it up, and seal it using the sticky tabs and put it on one side. Clean the diaper area thoroughly…don’t forget to clean the little creases in baby’s legs, too. 

Remember girls should always be wiped from front to back, to avoid spreading bacteria. Once baby’s nice and clean, give her a little time to air-dry or pat dry with a clean towel. You may want to put on a thin layer of diaper cream … this will keep baby’s skin soft and protect her from irritants and rubbing.

Finally, lift up baby’s legs and place a fresh diaper underneath. The back of the diaper will be the larger side, with sticky tabs attached. Pull the front of the diaper up over baby’s belly, making sure it’s higher than the belly button if the cord stump has fallen off

If it hasn’t, you’ll need to fold the diaper under so it doesn’t rub. To seal the diaper, unfold the sticky tabs, fasten them on the front of the diaper and smooth them down, making sure it’s nice and snug. Run your fingers around the elastic seams of the diaper to ensure it isn’t too tight so air can circulate and edges aren’t tucked in, as this can be uncomfortable and cause rubbing and leaking.

After your baby is safe and settled, you can dispose of the dirty diaper and take a well deserved break.

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