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How to Change Your Baby's Diapers

Updated on May 18, 2019

When a baby cries, it’s our responsibility as parents to find out what exactly is wrong with them. A baby can cry for a number of reasons: sleepy, hungry, sick, not wanting to sleep, needing to be held, cold, hot... When neither of these reasons are the case as to why your baby is crying, most likely it’s diaper changing time! Yay!


Changing a diaper can be just like anything in life that you do for the first time. You may get nervous and won’t get it right on the first try, but It’s ok! With practice you can become an expert. This article will explain in detail how to change your baby’s diaper and stop their excessively loud cry of discomfort.


So many parents screw up on changing a diaper, you will not be the first, trust me. Putting the pamper on backwards, not using diaper cream on skin irritations, changing the diaper too soon (Ha!) - you should always wait at least 10 minutes after the baby’s initial soilage - the list goes on. No one is perfect, but with being persistent in doing the steps presented in this article you can definitely have your baby changed much faster, more confident and more properly.

Changing Your Baby’s Diaper

Being Prepared

  1. Have a Safe Diaper Changing Area - When changing a diaper, babies can roll, scoot and kick, which could lead to a fall or moving towards a dangerous object. If you haven’t invested in a baby changing station, its ok. You can change your baby’s diaper on a floor while they lie on a towel.

  2. Have All of the Essentials for Changing Diapers (perhaps a diaper bag)

  1. Wipes - cleans that baby’s bottom of soil

  2. Changing pad (or you can use a towel) - for lying your baby’s backside on something more comfortable than a hard surface.

  3. Blanket - keeps your baby covered while changing

  4. Diaper Rash Cream - treats irritated skin from diapers

  5. Plastic Bags - stores your soiled diapers and your used wipes

  6. Hand Sanitizer - cleans your soiled hands after finishing

  7. Change of Clothes - incase your baby’s clothing is soiled as well

Now that you are prepared with the essentials for properly changing a diaper, let’s view the steps on how to be out with the old and in with the new:

Changing the Diaper

  1. Kiss your baby and tell them that you love them very much. Hey! Why not start off this way?

  2. Gently lie your baby on their back. Give them another kiss. Hey! I know this is a serious and professional step by step instructional guide, but you do have to show your baby some affection. Don’t bash me for throwing these kisses into the mix.

  3. Remove your baby’s clothing so that you can get to that soiled diaper.

  4. Lift your baby’s bottom to remove the diaper.

  5. Wipe away any soilage from your baby’s skin(body).

  6. In cases when the skin is irritated (red) apply diaper rash cream to the affected area.

  7. Grab a new diaper, but first figure out which end is the front and which is the back. Usually, the adhesive tabs are towards the back. Pull the front of the diaper up between your baby’s legs and fasten the front of the diaper to the back, right around your baby’s waist.

  8. Replace your baby’s clothing.

  9. Kiss your baby and tell them that you love them. Yep! I did it again!What are you going to do about it?


Walla! You’re all done changing your baby’s diaper! Their bottom is clean! Based on these instructions, you should be “A” ok with changing a diaper. You can even spray some air freshener to battle some of your baby’s smelly soil.


Thank you for reading this article.

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