Friday, April 22, 2011

Baby How To: Change a Diaper

I wanted to keep things simple for today’s blog post since I am so behind on work and life that it is not even funny. I know a lot of you might already be mommy’s so this might not be something that you really need to read, but I thought it was a cute post, and it might help someone out there. Bear with me as I try to get my life together. J Thanks guys!!

Until I post again…

Baby How To: Change a Diaper

You will want to make sure you have all of your items that you need for the diaper change laid out prior to changing the baby’s diaper. This allows you to be prepared, and hopefully not make a mess. The list of items that you will need includes:

ü Diaper

ü Wipes

ü Ointment (optional)

ü Plastic bag

ü Powder (optional)

ü Dry cloth

You will want to change the baby’s diaper on a pad, towel, or a changing table. This eliminates messes on the carpet or surface you’re changing the diaper on. It also provides a comfortable place for the baby to lie while they have their diaper changed.

1. Place your baby on the surface you have prepared on their back, with their tummy facing up. Having a toy or something for them to concentrate on is nice if your baby likes to roll or kick.

2. Unfasten the old diaper. It usually has sticky tabs on the sides, or if you use washable diapers you might have to take off pins.

3. Holding your baby’s feet together with one hand, gently lift their bottom up so you can wipe of excess waste with the inside front of the diaper. You can then fold the diaper up without letting the baby down, and set it aside to wash or trash.

4. Wipe from front to back gently with baby wipes. They can be warmed in a warmer or in your hands prior to the changing. Make sure to get in all the crack and crevices. This is important if you have a chubby baby. (My oldest son was chubby, and received a yeast infection between his rolls because of moisture.)

5. Place the clean diaper under the baby’s bottom, and gently place them down on top of it.

6. Pat the area dry using a cloth, and you can then place the ointment or powder on if you choose to use it.

7. Make sure the diaper is positioned high enough in the front and back to prevent leaks. Place the front of the diaper securely around the baby’s middle portion. Fasten it into place using the sticky tabs or pins.

When changing your baby’s diaper, you should never leave them unattended while on a changing table or on furniture. They may fall over the edge and become seriously injured. Always make sure to wash your hands before and after diaper changing as well to help prevent the spread of germs.

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