Before my baby arrived, I had a lot of questions about diapers-- how to change a diaper, how often and then when to change a diaper, choosing the right diaper. What about changing when we're out and about? I was fortunate to have some experienced moms help me back then, and I quickly learned that.
Diaper time was special-- a time to sing and talk and tell stories. After all, I had a captive audience and he seemed to like my singing. It was a great opportunity to bond and spend time together. I thought I'd share some tips based on my experience and then advice from others to help other new moms like me.
Changing a diaper can be tricky at first but you'll have the hang of it in no time. First, set up the changing space and make sure you have everything you need nearby but out of the reach of your baby. You'll need diapers and wipes handy.
Unfold the clean diaper and set it to one side. Lay your baby down on the changing space. Make sure you keep one hand on your little one so they are secure and keep everything out of their reach to avoid accidents or messes.
Pull off their shoes and socks and make sure that all of their clothes are pulled up and out of the way. Open the dirty diaper and gently lift the baby up, holding your baby by the ankles.
Gently clean the genital area from the front to back with a quality baby wipe, making sure you clean between all folds of skin. Carefully lift baby again by the ankles and place the new diaper underneath.
Position the diaper the right way around. The back has Velcro tabs and the front will typically have a colorful belt on it.
Next, place the front of the diaper on baby's belly, peel open the Velcro tabs, and place them down on the colorful belt in a straight line. Make sure the diaper isn't too tight or too loose around the tummy. You should be able to slide two fingers into the diaper so your little one has room to breathe and move freely. This diaper has stretchy sides and readjustable fasteners so that you can open and close again as well as stretchy leg cuffs to help you get the perfect fit.
Throw away the old diaper by folding it with the mess inside and use the sticky tabs to seal it up. Redress your little one and watch both your hands. You're all done.
Diapers should be changed whenever baby has gone pee or poo. A good rule of thumb is to change your new baby's diaper approximately every two hours, which should include right before or right after every feeding, before bedtime, and when your baby wakes up. It can be daunting at first, but you'll be a diaper change pro and sharing your own tips in no time.
Just remember, there are three things to look for in a quality diaper. You want a diaper that keeps baby's skin dry by locking away wetness, has super stretchy sides for a comfortable fit when baby moves, and are made of soft cottony materials that let baby's skin breathe and wrap them in comfort and security.
On behalf of Pampers, this is Kathleen Fisher with Howdini. Visit Pampers' YouTube channel for more parenting tips.