Dealing with wet or poopy diapers is the most thankless job of parenting—but, thankfully, disposable diapers can help you make quick work of it.
: Never turn your back or walk away when your baby is on the changing table, even if she’s strapped down or too young to roll over.
Step 1: Gather supplies Make sure you have all your supplies within easy reach. Once you start changing your baby, you won’t be able to go off in search of wipes.
Step 2: Spread cloth Spread the changing cloth out on the changing table, where your baby’s bottom will be.
TIP: Put down a fresh changing cloth after each change so you can skip this step.
Step 3: Remove soiled diaper Lay your baby on the changing table and remove her wet or soiled diaper. Set it aside.
TIP: Leave the dirty diaper open and within your reach. You can pile used baby wipes in it, then roll the whole thing into a neat, disposable bundle.
Step 4: Clean bottom Using as many wipes as necessary, gently clean your baby’s bottom, being sure to wipe from front to back. Be thorough, so there’s no hidden mess left behind.
TIP: Boy babies have been known to pee as soon as their diaper comes off. To avoid a soaking, lay a changing cloth over him as soon as possible.
Step 5: Slide diaper under Unfold the fresh diaper. With one hand, lift up your baby’s hips slightly; with the other, slide the back of the diaper—the side with the tabs—underneath her bottom.
Step 6: Apply diaper cream If your baby has a diaper rash, cover it with a generous amount of diaper cream.
Step 7: Fold & fasten Fold the front side of the diaper up and over your baby, and fasten it with the tabs so that it’s snug but not tight.
Step 8: Check edges Run your finger around each leg opening of the diaper to make sure the ruffled edges aren’t tucked up under the elastic. This will help prevent leaks.
Step 9: Put on clothes Put your baby’s clothes back on or dress her in a fresh outfit if needed.
Step 10: Discard & wash Throw away the old diaper and thoroughly wash your hands or wipe them clean with a fresh baby wipe. Then enjoy a post-diaper-change cuddle—she may not smell this sweet for long.
FACT: A mom who created a plastic covering for cloth diapers out of a shower curtain went on to invent disposable diapers.