Before you begin your diaper change, it is important to ensure that you have everything that you will require close at hand and within easy reach. You should then lay down the baby on their back onto a changing mat or changing table which is fitted with protective safety straps to prevent your baby from rolling off the surface. Unfasten the tabs of the soiled diaper and raise the baby’s bottom off the diaper by holding them gently at their ankles and lifting them up. You may then wipe the baby’s bottom of any mess.
Next, slide a fresh new diaper under the bottom of the baby while ensuring that the tabs are on the section that’s beneath the bottom of the child. Apply some diaper rash creams or ointments before you wrap the new diaper. By doing this at this stage, you will be able to avoid the hassles of having to clean off cream and ointment from the changing surface.
Close the fresh diaper by simply pulling its front up over the belly of the baby and pulling the tabs open and around to the surface used for fastening. In order to avoid irritating the umbilical stump, remember to fold down the diaper. Wrap the tabs of the dirty diaper all the way around and place it safely inside a diaper bag for disposal. Be sure to thereafter wash your hands and the changing surface as this will prevent recontamination in the event that the child is ill.
How Often Diaper Change
The frequency of changing your baby’s diaper will normally vary from one baby to the next. However, your typical baby will need to be changed at least 8-12 times in a single day, which translates to an average of ten diaper changes per day. When it comes to the frequency of diaper changes, the rule of thumb is to change the diaper each time the baby wets or soils it. By determining the frequency of diaper changes for your baby, you will be able to know the least amount of diapers you require, which will also help you to deal with a tight budget. Once you have noted the frequency of diaper changes, it will be easy to plan out the washing schedule for your baby’s cloth diapers. Keep in mind that the frequency of diaper changes is applicable to both cloth diapers and disposable diapers.
With the passage of time, the frequency of your baby’s diaper changes will enable you to become a pro at this very necessary exercise. Soon enough, it will all become second nature and you will be able to handle well the preparation that goes on before diaper changing. For instance, you will ensure that everything that you will require is placed within reach beforehand. You will be able to place the baby safely onto the changing mat or surface, take off their clothing and dirty diapers, and then clean them using a wet cloth or baby wipes. To complete the diaper change, you will then wrap the baby in a clean fresh diaper.