10 Tips and Tricks to Easier Diaper Changing

I changed my first diaper when I was five.

My brother Matthew had just come home from the hospital a few weeks before and my parents decided this was an opportune time to teach me the important skill of diaper changing before he got old enough to really flail around. They laid him down on the bed in their room and walked me through the steps.

Little did I know how useful that piece of seemingly useless knowledge would be for me in the future. When I was five, I figured I would much rather be outside playing Robin Hood than inside changing baby diapers. That may still be true for me, but unfortunately Robin Hood doesn’t pay the bills.

I have, however, had many more opportunities since then to exercise my diaper changing abilities. In fact, one day I did some calculations and realized that unless you have lots of children, I’ve probably changed more diapers in my lifetime than the average parent. Which is a scary thought.

So, with all of that under my belt, here are 10 basic tips to diaper changing.

  1. When I say basics, I mean basics. The tabs go in the back. They come around the front. It’s amazing to me how many kids I’ve changed who had on backwards diapers. A properly put on diaper will prevent leakage, because it is designed to fit a certain way. That’s why there is a back and a front.

  2. When changing a bowel movement, use the diaper for the first wipe. This will save you a wipe or two and consolidate things. If you get a good wipe in with the diaper, it usually only takes one more wipe to sanitize baby’s bottom.

  3. I cannot say this enough, from personal experience: be careful when sticking your fingers in the back of the diaper to check it! If you can, check from one of the legs instead, or just use your nose. Disposable diapers don’t have a lot of room for poop, so it tends to go straight up the back, especially if baby has been sitting or lying down.

  4. In the unfortunate case of a blowout, most onesies are designed to be pulled down over baby’s body (that’s why the funky-looking flap things where the neck hole meets the sleeves). This prevents getting any icky particulates on baby’s face or (ew, heaven forbid) in their hair.

          If your particular onesie does not have the convenient overlapping flaps, I usually roll up the bottom part until             the poop is contained inside the material, and pull it over baby’s head that way.

  1. Put a diaper over boys. Infant boys love to do this thing where they pee as soon as you take OFF their diaper. And they can pee a lot further than you would think. The best thing to do is have the clean diaper ready to lay on top of his privates as soon as the dirty diaper comes off. You can give it a quick wipe from underneath, then whip it under his little bottom and voila! No hazardous spray.

  2. On the same token, put a clean diaper under girls. They don’t seem to have the same joy in peeing as soon as they are free of their diaper that baby boys experience, but they are sneakier about it. When a boy is peeing, you can tell. When a girl is peeing, you won’t notice until you wonder why she is lying in a puddle. I like to put the clean diaper underneath her before I even take the dirty one off, so that she never has the chance to create a puddle anywhere but in a diaper.

  3. Wipe girls front to back to prevent infections. Just like we women are told to wipe front to back, the same thing applies to babies. Wiping up from the bottom encourages bacteria to travel up the urinary tract. Trust me, it’s heartbreaking to have a baby with a UTI.

  4. Here is another basic: wrap the diaper up with wipes inside to minimize smell. Once you’ve changed the diaper, put the used wipes inside the dirty diaper, fold it in half, and wrap both tabs around the sides to make a little bundle. This will help contain the smell. For poopy diapers, I would also suggest putting that little bundle inside of a plastic bag for additional containment.

  5. Hold onto both of baby’s legs for the duration of the diaper change. Both of their little ankles should fit in one hand, while you do the rest of the diaper changing with the other. This helps prevent their feet from getting messy and also ensures that they don’t scoot backwards or roll over while you’re changing them. It also makes it much easier to slide diapers out from under them and back under them, and get a good clean wipe.

  6. If you use disposable diapers, nowadays there is usually a strip on the diaper which tells if it’s wet or dry. How cool is that? You don’t even have to check or feel it. Just by looking at the strip (located on the bottom of the front), you can tell the status of the diaper. It starts off yellow and will turn blue when the diaper is wet.

What did I miss? Mothers, I know you change a lot of diapers. What are your tips for making diaper changing easier?

10 Tips and Tricks for Basic Diaper Changing | A short and sweet article from Mom but not a Mom giving practical tips for basic diaper changing

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