Have fun: Diaper changes offer a chance for some special one-on-one time. Talk and sing to your baby, pointing out the different parts of your baby's body and explaining what you're doing. Once your baby is cleaned up, try a few simple songs like "Itsy Bitsy Spider" or "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes." Play a bit of peekaboo or patty-cake, and share a kiss before you wrap up. When you're away from home, bring a wetbag to stash dirty diapers in until you get home. Wetbags are waterproof bags that help reduce odors. :silly: :silly:
You can bring one small bag, containing a clean diaper and a couple of wipes, for each diaper change. Each time you change your baby, simply exchange the clean items in the bag for the dirty ones. Alternately, you can have one larger wetbag to put all the dirty diapers in. Another option is a wet/dry bag, which allows you to put clean things on the dry side and dirty things on the wet side. or wipes, if you choose not to use disposable wipes on the go, you can bring pre-moistened cloth wipes in a small, clean wetbag. Or you can tote dry cloth wipes with a small spray bottle filled with a mild water-and-soap solution. (Simply spray the solution onto a wipe when you need one.) :side:
Changing diapers is often a source of dread, fear and humor for new parents and other caregivers. Babies and toddlers who are not potty trained need to have their diapers changed every few hours to avoid rashes and discomfort. Change a diaper by gathering your supplies, setting up in a safe spot and disposing of or washing the dirty diaper properly. Keep diaper supplies close and easy to access in the places you would normally change a diaper. Set up your supplies on or near a changing table in the baby's bedroom or on the nightstand in your own bedroom if you change diapers on your bed. :woohoo: :side: :S
Pack a diaper bag or backpack with the necessary items in case you have to change your baby while you are out. Stack clean diapers in a place they can easily be grabbed. When you are going out, pack at least one clean diaper for every two hours you will be gone. Collect wipes or baby washcloths, depending on what you use to clean your baby's bottom during a diaper change. Keep diaper cream, powder or petroleum jelly close to your diaper changing station, especially if your baby is prone to rashes. Remember to keep some in your diaper bag as well. :silly: :silly:
Locate a clean, secure and warm spot to change your baby. Use a diaper changing pad, a changing table or simply lay down a blanket on the floor or your bed. Wash your hands before and after you change a diaper. Place the back half of a clean diaper under your baby. The part of the diaper with the sticky tabs on it is the back half. Pull away the tabs of the dirty diaper. Fold them onto the dirty diaper's surface so they do not stick to your baby's skin or get attached to the clean diaper. Pull the dirty diaper away from your baby. :woohoo:
If the diaper is wet, slide the back of the dirty diaper out from under the baby's bottom. If there is poop, use the front half of the dirty diaper to scoop as much of it off your baby as you can. Cover the penis if you are changing a boy. Use another diaper or a clean rag. Boys can sometimes urinate during a diaper change and you don't want it to land on you. Fold up the dirty diaper and put it aside. You can dispose of it when your baby is changed and safely off any changing tables, beds or other surfaces. Wipe your baby's bottom with a wipe or a damp cloth. :side: :whistle:
Check the child's back and the area between the cheeks if there was poop in the diaper. Clean out anything you find. Pull up the front half of the clean diaper. Fasten the diaper on each side with the sticky tabs. Make sure the diaper is snug but not too tight. The skin should not be pinched or red. Dress your baby and put him or her on the floor or in a safe place while you dispose of the dirty diaper and wash your hands. Lay out the clean diaper and follow any folding instructions. Some cloth diapers come with folds stitched into them that will tell you how to put the diaper on the baby. :woohoo: :side:
Unfasten the dirty diaper and pull down the front part. If it is wet, slide the rest of the dirty diaper out from under your baby and put it aside. Cover the penis with a cloth if you are changing a boy. Boys tend to urinate during diaper changes. Use the front half of your cloth diaper to wipe away any poop that might be at on your baby's bottom. Clean the baby's bottom with a baby wipe or a damp washcloth. Check the back and between the cheeks if there is poop. Place the clean diaper under your baby and fold the front part up over the baby, until you reach the belly button. :ohmy: :lol:
Fasten the cloth diaper. Use any snaps or Velcro tabs that the diaper may include, or use your folding technique or safety pins. Slide the vinyl diaper cover over the cloth diaper if you use one. Dress your baby and put him or her in a safe place while you clean out the dirty diaper and wash your hands. Shake or scrape what you can of the dirty diaper into the toilet. Rinse the diaper before putting it in the laundry to be washed. Point the penis down into the diaper when you change a boy. This will prevent leaks. Distract your child during diaper changes if he or she gets fussy. Let the baby hold a toy, or sing a song while you change the diaper. :cheer: ;)
When Josh was a baby, I used to stay with him when his parents were unable. So I now some details of this action. Place a burp cloth over the baby, especially when changing little boys, to prevent any accidents from spraying in your or the baby’s face. Clean the diaper area with a wet wipe/wash cloth. Wiping from the front to back will help prevent spreading bacteria that could cause an infection when changing little girls. Also make sure that you thoroughly clean between the skin folds. Gently lift the baby’s legs up, and slide out the soiled diaper. Replace it with the clean diaper. The taped side should be underneath. Apply any lotion, baby power, or diaper rash cream as directed by your baby’s healthcare provider. I hope these few tips were helpful for you. Good luck in becoming good parent!
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