Video:Learn to Change a Diaper on a Babywith Pam Smith
Are you a new parent? Changing a diaper can look a bit complicated- see an experienced mom demonstrate the simple steps required so you'll be an expert in no time.See Transcript
Transcript:Learn to Change a Diaper on a BabyHi! I'm Pam Smith for About.com Parenting.
Today Dillon and I are going to share tips on how to change a diaper.
Diaper Change Essentials
First things first, gather all the items that you need:
- A diaper
- Any ointments or creams that your doctor may have recommended
- Wipes or soft towels
- A large towel or changing pad
- Some of you might want to use a changing table if that is your choice
Diaper Change Position
Now that you have gathered all that you need it is time to put the baby in the changing position.
Lay your baby down on his back. Open the diaper so that the straps or tapes are closest to the floor. This is an indication of the back of the diaper. While holding your baby up slightly by the ankles, slide the diaper underneath the baby into position to replace the soiled diaper (like so).
Removing Baby's Diaper
Put the baby back down gently and open the front of the diaper; lift at the ankles again and if there is a bowel movement you can use the front of the diaper to wipe any away from his bottom. While holding the baby up begin to roll the diaper up into itself and fasten the straps to close it. Eventually you should be able to do this with one hand or if you can't, just slide the diaper away from the baby's reach.
Pre-Diaper Change Cleaning
Use the wipes or soft towels to clean the baby's bottom and other areas. Remember to wipe downward for a girl and up for a boy and to especially look for the many areas where dirt can get trapped.
Putting on the New Diaper
Once the baby is clean you can lower his legs and close the diaper making sure that it is centered with an even amount of the diaper taped on each side.
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