Knowing how to change a baby’s diaper should be done as smoothly as possible. If possible, practice with a baby figurine or some kind of teddy bear so you can reflexively change your baby’s diaper without being too stressed out. Being careful is fine, but if you constantly panic when you change your baby’s diaper, it will just endanger your baby’s safety.
It’s also important to realize all the potential mistakes that you can actually make. One of the common mistakes that parents make is confusing the front of the diaper with the back.
Diaper Front Vs Diaper Back
Even though there are many brands of disposable diapers, the front and back of a diaper still has a major difference. The back of the diapers is slightly bigger than the front because, that’s where your baby’s butt goes. It also has two sticky waist bands attached to it. You might ask, why can’t the waist bands be in the front?
The front should never have the sticky waist bands.
It’s because having the stick waist bands in the front is not convenient for diaper change so no diaper company will design it like that. Think about it, if you have the waist bands on the back of the diaper, then you can simply lay your baby on top of your diaper, then lift up the sticky bands of the diaper and tape the front of the diaper.
What would happen if the sticky waist bands were on the front instead?
If the bands were in the front, then you will have to put your baby on top of the clean diaper, then pick up your baby, or roll your baby to side just to go out of your way to stick the sticky waist band to the back side of the diaper. That is a series of unnecessary steps if the sticky waist bands were designed on the back side of diapers. That’s why diaper companies design all their sticky waist bands to be at the back
What’s the difference between the inside and the outside of the diaper?
The clear difference between the inside and outside of disposable diapers is that the inside is much softer than the outside. The inside should feel like a type of material that can absorb fluid, like cotton for example. The outside is water proof so it should feel like hard plastic.
I doubt that you will confuse the inside of your baby’s diaper with the outside, but this is how you can tell, just in case it wasn’t obvious enough.
Prepare the Area
Before you set your baby on the table, you should prepare the area so that you don’t have to struggle with your baby diaper bag for more supplies while holding your baby still. Take out everything that you will need for the baby. Do it in the following order:
- Take out sheet to cover the table – For this step, if your baby didn’t poop but simply pee her diaper, then skip to step 2. The reason you want to lay out a sheet to cover the table is because just in case your baby pooped a lot, then at least you have some kind of barrier to prevent making the table a mess. This sheet can be anything like a disposable cloth, a paper towel or anything that’s lightweight and convenient to carry around
- Take out your diaper rash cream/petroleum jelly/baby powder – If your baby is prone to diaper rashes then prepare some diaper rash cream. If you want to keep your baby’s butt dry then you can also use baby powder. However, be very careful with it, because the talc in baby powder can easily suffocate your baby. Gently puff tiny amounts of baby powder in your hand and gently rub it onto your baby’s butt.
- Put a fresh diaper on the table. – If your baby simply pee and didn’t poop then open this fresh diaper and lay your baby directly on top of it. This way, once you take out the wet diaper, your baby would already conveniently be on top of the fresh diaper. However, if your baby pooped, then leave the fresh diaper on the side first without laying your baby on top of the fresh diaper.
- Take out your baby wipes – Let your wipes be ready when your baby’s diaper is unlatched. If you don’t want to use baby wipes then use warm water with a soft cloth. However, that’s better done at home. If you are outside, it’s more convenient to have some fragrance free baby wipes ready
Secure Your Baby
Babies squirm around a lot. That’s why you should never leave your baby unattended to get more supplies from your diaper bag. Even if it is a few seconds. Accidents happen and it’s not worth being careless. That’s why I told you to prepare the area ahead of time before you set your baby on the changing table
If you are outside of your house, there are some places that changing tables that secures your baby in place. However, not every place has it so don’t count on it.
The Process Of Changing Your Baby’s Diaper
Give your baby’s diaper a sniff to figure out whether your baby has pooped or pee. Using your nose to figure out whether your baby has pooped or pee is the most accurate method in the whole world. Once you have figured it out, realize that you should handle the two different diapers differently.
If your baby only peed on her diaper then, lay down a freshly opened diaper.
Peeing is simple. Just lay your baby on top of the freshly opened diaper, then unwrap the wet diaper. After you take away the wet diaper, your baby is already on top of the fresh diaper. This makes the process much easier. However…
If your baby has pooped, then lay down a disposable sheet.
The idea of the disposable sheet is to protect the changing table that you are using. Once you lay down the disposable sheet, lay your baby on top. Do not lay your baby on top of the fresh diaper yet, because you still have to wipe away the poop.
Once you unlock your baby’s diaper, fold the sticky waist bands onto themselves so that they don’t stick to your baby’s delicate skin.
Time to Clean Your Baby’s Bottom (Traditional Method)
The traditional method of cleaning your baby’s bottom is the series of steps:
- Lift up both of your baby’s legs with one hand, then wipe her bottom, creases of thighs and other areas with baby wipes.
- After you wipe your baby’s bottom, stick a fresh diaper under your baby’s bottom while still holding her legs up.
- Stick the waist bands onto the diaper and double check with two fingers to see if there the diaper is too tight or too loose.
However, according to the chiropractor John Edwards, he believes that this traditional technique causes your baby to get baby colics.
According to Wikipedia, colic is the definition of babies crying at least three hours a day for at least three days a week even though the baby is healthy. If you want to avoid giving your baby colics, then try an alternate method.
Alternate Method To Clean Your Baby’s Bottom (Doctor John Edwards Technique)
- After you unlocked your baby’s dirty diaper, put your whole hand on top of your baby’s chest gently.
- Next, while gripping gently on your baby’s chest (rib cage), gently roll your baby to one side, and use your baby wipe to wipe away some of the poop away
- Next, while gripping gently on your baby’s chest (rib cage), gently roll your baby to the other side, and use your baby wipe to wipe away the remaining poop.
- While your baby is still laying on her side, stick the fresh diaper between her legs
- Lay your baby facing up again, and attach the sticky waist bands
- Double check the diaper with two fingers to make sure that the waist bands isn’t on too tight, yet tight enough.
After you have wrapped your baby with fresh diapers, it’s time to clean up. Roll your dirty diaper tightly into a ball, then lock it with the stick waist bands. Throw it in the trash. Congratulations, you have changed your baby’s diaper.