Even before becoming a parent everyone is a little bit afraid of the diaper changing. It is easy to be scared because all we see in movies is how hard and unpleasant changing diapers might be. It does not matter if you have never changed a diaper before or you are an old pro, you will get plenty of practice with your newborn. Most parents have made common mistakes, like putting a diaper on backward or even getting an unexpected spray of urine from their baby boy. These tips should help you master the art of diaper changing and fix any mistakes fast.
All supplies in one place
Make sure you have everything near because you do not want to leave your baby unattended. You will need a clean diaper or two, something to wipe your baby with, and a flat surface. If your baby has diaper rash or is less than a month old, have cotton balls, warm water, a towel and diaper rash cream right under your hand.
One hand on the baby
Be sure to wash your hands and place your baby on the changing table or a flat surface. Definitely use the safety straps or keep one hand on your baby so he does not roll off. Never leave your little one unattended, even for a few seconds. If he wiggles a lot, distract him. Undo the dirty diaper, then hold your baby's legs with one hand and use the other hand to pull down the front of the diaper. But do not remove it yet.
From front to back
First of all, use the front part of the diaper to help wipe your baby. Always wipe from front to back to prevent any urinary tract infection. After that, use a mild wipe or wet washcloth to clean your baby, again wiping from front to back. For a newborn, use cotton balls and warm water.
Lift your baby's legs and slide the dirty diaper out, then hold his legs to keep him from touching the messy diaper. After that, slide a clean diaper underneath him. On a disposable diaper, the adhesive tabs go in back and should be about belly-button level. Pull the front up between your baby's legs.
Test the fit
Close the tabs on a disposable diaper or snap a cloth diaper shut. Make the diaper snug, but be sure to place two your fingers between the diaper and your baby's waist. With a newborn, fold the top of the diaper down so the umbilical stump is exposed. Other way is to use a newborn diaper with a cutout for the stump.
Flushing the poop
If the diaper is made of the cloth, shake any solid waste into the toilet. Later, toss the diaper into the diaper pail until it gets washed. Some parents shake solid waste into the toilet from disposables, too. Then tape up the disposable and put it in the trash or diaper pail. You could put disposables in a plastic bag or zipper-top bag before you put it in the pail to cut down on the smell.
Be sure to take your time
Many parents find that a diaper change is a great time to connect with their babies. After all, you are leaning over your baby, touching and talking to him. Your baby looks up at you and listens to your voice, enjoys it. Take some time to sing a song or play with the little one. Although some diaper changes will have to be done quickly because you only have a few minutes, try your best to enjoy the ritual.
It is not that scary as it seems, so do not worry. Yes, it is not the most pleasant thing you can imagine, but it is very important for both, you and your little miracle.