Doing a proper diaper check is not art. It's simply good habits. These steps will start you on the right path
for proper diaper changing technique. Why does that matter? Because good techniques make your baby
(and you) cleaner, which leads to less sickness.
Below are the steps to follow to change a diaper. If you're more of a visual learner, you can skip straight to the
bottom of the page for a how-to video.
If you have a baby boy, there are a few extra precautions you should take
to avoid being drenched in urine. Get those tips here.
Wash your hands before starting a diaper check.
The easiest way to do this is to have antibacterial wash right on the changing table. You don't have to leave her side, and you're still killing germs.
Purchase on with a pump to make dispensing easier.
Don't skip this step! She can easily pick up germs (like diarrhea) from dirty hands.
Gently lay her on the changing table or other soft, flat surface and undress her.
Unlatch the old diaper and without removing it, use the front to wipe away any poop clinging to her skin.
Gently grasp her ankles together with one hand and lift up her bottom (leaving her lower back on the table).
Use baby wipes or a warm cloth to wash.
Make sure you wipe from front to back, rather than back to front. This prevents infection.
Regardless if you have a boy or girl, make sure you are getting into the various genital folds and getting them clean. It's amazing where a little poo can hide!
Don't limit yourself on wipes - use what gets the job done.
If your baby has sensitive skin, make sure to use hypoallergenic, fragrance-free, or even homemade wipes.
Slide a clean diaper under the messy one, with the tape of the clean diaper under her bottom.
Grab her ankles again and gently raise her bottom in the air.
Fold the messy diaper over and pull it out (putting the dirty wipes inside).
Adjust the diaper so it is centered under her bottom and the tape lines up with her waist.
Almost all disposables have two "fringes" near the leg.
Make sure one fringe is touching her skin and the other is facing up, not tucked in. This is a second protection against leaks.
Unless you use them this way, you may end up with a nasty surprise on your lap!
If her bottom looks red and irritated during the diaper check, apply any diaper rash cream or other remedy if necessary.
The area needs to be dry before resealing the diaper to prevent diaper rash.
Wait a few seconds for her to air-dry.
If you don't want to wait, use baby powder. Put it in your hand first before applying
to prevent clouds drifting up and getting into her lungs. This is not recommended if your baby has sensitive
skin or lung problems.
The diaper check is almost finished! Fold up the front of the diaper and attach the tape from the sides.
If your baby is a newborn and still has an umbilical cord, be careful to fold down the
top of the diaper before latching with tape. This will prevent chaffing.
Pampers makes diapers that have a small "U" shape cut out of the top for this purpose.
I used them with Elena and thought they were very helpful. (Folding is very difficult with tiny babies.)
The diaper should be attached not too tight, not too loose, but comfortable.
One of your fingers should be able to fit in between the baby and the diaper.
Throw the messy diaper in your diaper pail and clean your hands again with antibacterial wash.
Dress her in that adorable little outfit (but not before blowing raspberries on her tummy)!