Ever since I was old enough to baby sit, I did. It wasn’t always little babies, mostly older children, but, it was something that I have always done. In fact, when I was probably 11 or 12 years old, I took a babysitting certification class with a friend. It gave us tons of ideas to play with children, taught us the basics of taking care of them and certified us with CPR certification. It was a great class to take for babysitting and, honestly, a great class to take for life skills with children.
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One of the things the class taught us how to do was how to change a diaper properly. I had already changed a few diapers in my few young years, but, this was a good skill to learn. As I got older, I was watching younger and younger children, changing more and more diapers. There truly is a proper way to change a diaper to keep everything sanitary.
I know men don’t do a lot of diaper changing when they’re younger for the most part. Some dads even refuse. But, this was something that Dave and I agreed on, that he would help me with. No matter how gross they could be, he had to learn to change a diaper. Before becoming a dad, he had never changed one. Talking with people at my work, I realized that more girls around my age hadn’t either. They didn’t babysit babies when they were younger like I did. Some of these people haven’t ever been around newborn babies either. There’s NOTHING wrong with this- it just made me realize how lucky and thankful I was to have the basic skills for caring for a little baby.
So, I decided to write this and share this with those who may be timid or embarrassed or anxious to be caring for a baby, whether your own or someone else’s. Hopefully, it helps educate some people so they can feel more comfortable properly changing the babies diaper.
Diaper Changing Tips
Have everything out and ready before you start
Have all of your supplies out and ready for use. You don’t want to be in the middle of a diaper blow out and not have diaper rash cream or not have enough wipes. Funny story— hubby was changing our daughters diaper one evening, didn’t have everything together and by him…. he asked me to grab Desitin. I got up to grab some out of the diaper bag (not quite sure why he followed me). He didn’t even diaper her back up. He was changing her on our family room floor- no changing pad (bad!!!) and our daughter apparently wasn’t done doing her business. She stood up, squatted down a little and left us a nice present on the floor to clean up. Diaper changing FAIL for daddy!!!! So, learn from his lesson! Have it all together before you start. Even open up the next diaper so it is ready for a quick swap.
Changing Station/ Pad
If using changing station or changing pad, use the safety straps, especially if baby is on the move. They put these safety straps on the pads for a reason. Keep baby secure if you’re changing them in the air on top a changing station. Also, little tip, if using a changing pad at home with a cute changing pad cover- any time you’re changing a poopy diaper, especially a suspected blow out- toss a disposable pad cover on top of the cute pad cover to save it from possible mess.
In case you don’t know, please wipe little girls from front to back. You don’t want any bacteria from the back to get inside causing any infections. I use the same practice when changing a little boys diaper. I usually use a separate wipe for each side anyway. For boys, I always have the next diaper ready and keep their parts covered while wiping other areas. It always seems that the second they hit air, it makes them have to pee more. Always try to keep their parts covered to avoid any accidental messes.
There is some controversial articles out there about wiping if it is just a urine soiled diaper. Some people believe it is not necessary to wipe if it is just a urine diaper as urine is “sterile” and doesn’t usually cause diaper rash. Too much wiping can be a cause of diaper rash as well. Personally, I wipe no matter what. I also use “sensitive” wipes as my daughters skin can get sensitive and rash. Make your own call on what your baby responds well with. There are regular wipes, sensitive wipes, fragrance free wipes, water wipes and more kinds of wipes. So, if baby isn’t liking whatever kind you’re using, there’s always another kind out there to try.
Use the old diaper as a wipe
If possible, you can use the old diaper to wipe away any poop without using a wipe. This saves your wipe bill and the sensitivity of the baby skin. Just wipe from front to back with the diaper starting at the top and you can try to clear away part of the mess that you have to clean up in one swoop. Don’t forget about Amazon Subscribe and Save! You can keep your wipes and diaper on auto delivery! It’s a lifesaver for us.
Murphy’s Law- as soon as it’s clean it will be dirty
It never fails, as soon as I change my daughters urine diaper, she has to soil it back up. Quite a few of the diaper brands have color changing “sensors” on them to help the caretaker know if the diaper needs to be changed or not. It never fails, so just keep extra diapers on hand.
Diaper rash cream
Always have diaper rash cream on hand. Some use butt paste, A and D cream, Desitin and Desitin Maximum Strength. For us, we use the purple Desitin- the Maximum Strength one. The blue container never seems to clear anything up for us. Tons of options, so if something isn’t working, switch it up. If diaper rash is becoming a chronic problem, you may have to see if you can find a root cause. Are specific foods causing it to happen more often? If so, try to restrict those foods.
Too much fruit or anything with high acidity can be a huge culprit for diaper rash. Keep that in mind when deciding what to feed your kids. I know our daughter loves fruit, but, too much of it and she pays for it later. Our Pediatrician also suggested using a little Neosporin if the regular cream needed a little extra boost in healing power.
I know it’s silly that I have to say this, but, wash your hands before and after you go to change the dirty diaper. You don’t always know what you touched last, so you don’t want to give your children any extra germs when you’re changing them. The obvious, just as you wash your hands after you use the restroom, you should wash your hands after you change a diaper.
So, these are the basic things to know when you’re changing a baby diaper. Diapers can be pretty pricey, have you seen our post on 8 ways to save money when purchasing diapers?! It’s a must read.
Originally, I started out with a pretty, girly, fashionable diaper bag. While I LOVED this diaper bag, I quickly found out that it wasn’t functional. We ended up switching to use Dave’s daddy backpack for a vacation because it was easy to use when traveling. We have NEVER looked back or traded back to the old diaper bag.