Diapering

You’ll get really good at it really fast!

Whether you choose cloth or disposable diapers, your newborn will wet and/or soil diapers approximately 10 times a day, or 70 times a week. But with a little preparation, you’ll be ready.

Start by having everything you need close at hand

Before diapering your baby, make sure you have all the supplies you’ll need within reach. Never leave your infant unattended on the changing table, as falls and injuries can happen.

  • a clean diaper
  • warm water
  • clean washcloth or wipes
  • diaper ointment or cream
  • baby powder

Diapering do’s:

1. Always remember to wash your hands thoroughly before and especially after changing a diaper.

2. After each bowel movement or if the diaper is wet, lay your baby gently on his/her back on a flat, secure surface. A changing table with raised sides (so your baby can’t roll off) is best.

3. Remove the dirty diaper and using the wet washcloth or wipes, gently wipe your baby’s genital area clean. With girls, wipe from front to back to avoid a vaginal or urinary tract infection. Note: when removing a boy’s diaper, be aware that exposure to the air may make him urinate, so be careful!

3. To prevent or heal a rash, liberally apply diaper ointment or cream.

4. If there appears to be chafing, sprinkle some cornstarch baby powder (not talc) on the area.

Diaper rash: common and easily treatable

Most cases of diaper rash occur because your baby’s skin is sensitive and can easily become irritated by a wet or poopy diaper. Typically diaper rash looks red and bumpy and will go away in a few days with warm baths, diaper cream and a little air time out of the diaper.

To prevent or heal diaper rash, try these 5 tips:

1. Change your baby’s diaper frequently, especially after bowel movements.

2. After cleaning the area with mild soap and water or a wipe, apply a diaper rash or “barrier” cream. Creams with zinc oxide are preferred because they form a barrier against moisture.

3. If you’re using cloth diapers, wash them in dye- and fragrance-free detergents.

4. If possible, let your baby go un-diapered for part of the day to give the skin a chance to air out.

5. If the diaper rash continues for more than 3 days or seems to be getting worse, call your doctor. It may be a fungal infection that requires a prescription.