When the baby diaper gets wet, it is important to replace it with another one. Whether you are changing the conventional diaper or you decide to use the eco-friendly one, the changing method is always the same pattern. If you were doing this before, it might not prove to be difficult to challenge. It can be easy for new parents, but once they change it once or twice, it will no longer be difficult for them. Changing or replacing your baby diaper should be a routine. You do not allow it to become wet before you begin to change. You can change it several times in one day and it depends on how frequency it becomes wet.
There are different ways of changing your baby diaper. The preparation you make depends on the type of method that you want to use. Most of the methods will be discussed here.
The first thing that you need to do irrespective of the type of method you will use is to wash your hands. You can clean your hands using a baby wipe. You can also clean it using a sanitizer. The most important thing is that you must clean your hands before you begin to remove the wetted diaper and replacing them with a new one.
Remove the old diaper:
If the old diaper is already wet then you have to remove it. After removing, clean the baby very well to ensure that rashes do not occur.
What you require for the diaper changing:
Before you begin to change the diaper, ensure that you assemble everything you need. Here are the basic things you need to ensure you change your baby diapers successfully.
The clean and safe place where you can clean your baby and change the diaper. There are different things you need such as a changing table. Some parents can prefer to use a pad, which is put on the floor. In the same way, the couch; bed and so on can be used in place of changing the table. It depends on what the parents have readily available.
Whatever platform you want to use, baby safety must be maintained and that is why you can use safety straps to ensure that the baby does not fall out of the table. For the new born babies, there is no danger of falling off, but once the baby reaches 4 months, it is easy for such babies to roll and can fall from the table. Safety straps can prevent this from happening.
You also need diapers. There are different kind’s diapers such as disposable and cloth diapers. Ensure that you get the correct size. You also need something that you will use to wipe your baby when you remove the old diaper to prevent rashes.
Such things as baby wipes. If you do not want to use baby wipes, you can use warm water to clean the baby. Even cotton balls or cloth can be used during the first few weeks of the baby. The best thing is to use the normal baby wiper, but do not use those that contain alcohol because it can lead to rashes.
Removing the wet diaper and cleaning the baby:
The first thing to do is that you must first clean your hand using soapy water. Something was said about using sanitizer before. It is a good way of cleaning your hands. If you like, you can wear a disposable glove when you have cleaned your hands. When you want to clean more than one baby, you can always consider this option. This option is recommended for those that care for many children such as day care center. If you are to travel anywhere you can use a diaper bag for your newborn.
Get the clean diaper ready:
You have to prepare the changing surface and place your baby on top of that changing surface. Bring out the new diaper that you want putting. If the diaper is a disposable one, then you have to unfold it. If on the other hand that you are using a non-disposable fold it and ensure that, you put enough absorbent on it. Turn the baby by one side of the surface. Remove the dirty diaper and replace it with the clean one.
It is not a good idea to put the clean diaper on top of the dirty one. You must remove the dirty one to ensure that you do not dirty the clean one.
How to remove the dirty diaper:
Before you put the clean diaper, you must first remove the dirty one. To remove it, you must first pull away from the snaps, tabs as well as the Velcro and unfasten the dirty diaper. To remove it from the baby, pull the front part of it and take your baby legs a bit and remove the diaper. If it is wet, ensure that you remove it gently from the baby’s bottom.
It is possible that the diaper will contain poops, to remove the scoop, use the first half of that diaper to remove the scoops gently.
Clean the baby before putting the new diaper:
Before you put the new diaper, wipe the baby using a wipe. You can also use a damp cloth if you want. The most important thing is that you clean the baby very well before you apply the new diaper.
While cleaning the baby ensure that all parts of the bottom, especially the genital parts are well cleaned. This aspect is very important. Apart from the fact that it can prevent rashes, it will ensure that the baby is not easily infected with infections. When you are cleaning, ensure that you use several wipes. This will help you to clean the baby bottom especially the genital parts very well. You must make sure that the scoops are completely removed from the baby.
Before you put the new diaper, ensure that you clean the skin very well. This is to ensure that the problem of diaper rashes do not occur. Allow a few seconds for the body to dry very well before you begin to apply the new diaper. However, if the baby is already suffering from rashes, then it is necessary that you treat it before put on the new diaper. The best way to treat it is to apply diaper cream. You can also use petroleum jelly. You need all these before you apply for the new diaper.
After applying the diaper cream, you can use a disposable insert before you apply the new diaper. This is necessary for those using diaper clothes, as it will ensure that the cream does not touch the clothes.
Putting the new diaper:
The next stage is to put the new diaper. As said before, you must use a table and you have to lay the baby on top of the table, bed or any surface you want to use. Place the diaper under the baby’s bottom. Ensure that it covers all the parts of the bottom including the genital parts. When baby defecates, it should be inside the diaper. When he scoops, it will also be inside the diaper. The important thing is to ensure that the bottom, as well as genital parts, are well covered.
The baby must feel very comfortable whenever he wears the diaper. Because of that, it is recommended that you spread the legs very well. It can fit the baby comfortably diaper.
Moreover, if you have a newborn baby, ensure that you make enough provision for the umbilical stump and so on. Ensure that you do not cover it.
Fasten the diaper:
Using one handhold that diaper in place, pull the tabs using the other hands, and fasten the diaper to the baby ensuring that it fastens to the body very well. The diaper must not be too tight so that it does not make the baby uncomfortable. The diaper should not stick to the baby’s skin, this can make him uncomfortable.
Dress the baby:
When you have applied the new diaper, you can then dress the baby. Throw away the old diaper. Fold it and throw it away. Throw it to trash to ensure that it does not constitute a nuisance to the home.
Wash your hands:
When you have done away with the dirty diaper, you have to wash your hands using warm water as well as antibacterial soap. Rinse your hands very well and dry it before feeding your baby.
Handling the diaper:
When you want to put on the new diaper, you must lay the baby on the top of the diaper. Remember that if you are changing diaper for a boy that all the parts including the penis are put inside the diaper.
Remember that before you handle the old diaper that you must dress the baby very well. When you dress the baby, you have to wash your hands very well.
If you are using a cloth diaper, you must store it properly before you wash it. After removing the dirty cloth diaper, take it to the place to wash it. If there are poops in the diaper, put the poop in the toilet and flush it with water. Take it to the bathroom and rinse very well to remove all poops on it. After that, you can wash the diaper and allow it to dry before you put it to the baby again.
If you are using a cloth diaper, you can have more than three diapers. The more diapers you have the better for you. When you wash one, you should have more ready as you can change as many diapers as possible.
When you are washing the diaper, you must stick to the manufacturers’ instructions are stick to. There is no need for you to dump the scoop or the poop to the washing machine because it could dissolve there and this is not the best.
Before you feed your baby, you must wash your hands very well. Even if you use hand gloves, you will need to wash your hands very well. Wash your hands properly using warm water and soap and allow it for some seconds to dry before you begin to breast feed your baby.
Ensure that you use the correct diaper supplies; this can make things easier for you. Put the table, bed or surface to a convenient place. If you do not have a table, then you can use other surfaces for the diaper changing.
These simple instructions can guide you in changing your baby diaper. Even if you are changing the diaper for the first time, the instructions provided here will guide you. Ensure that you use the correct diaper size for your baby