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Diaper Changing Tips

Changing diaper can be a daunting task especially if you are doing it for the first time. Follow our tips and you'll be able to change your baby's diaper quickly & have fun doing it at the same time!!

You will quickly realize that diaper-changing time is the perfect opportunity for you to interact and bond with your baby  Singing songs, playing peek-a-boo and just by talking to your baby are great ways to make changing time a more pleasant and interactive experience 
 
Just follow these simple steps and once you get the hang of it, you'll realize the right way to do it comes pretty naturally :
 
1  First, wash your hands with soap and water
2  Make sure you have everything you need nearby to change a diaper - a fresh diaper, a baby washcloth or wipes
3  Lay your baby on his back on the changing surface
(Don't leave your baby unattended, even for a moment, as babies move around a lot and can get hurt or fall  If you are using a changing table, it's recommended to use the safety straps)
4  Unfasten the diaper tabs You can raise your child's bottom off the diaper by gently grasping his ankles and lifting If there is a lot of bowel movement present, you may want to use the upper half of the diaper to gently sweep it towards the lower half of the diaper If you are changing a girl, make sure you always wipe from front to back to help prevent infection
(Be sure the move the soiled diaper out of your baby's reach)
 
5  For newborn baby, you will want to cleanse the area thoroughly with either cotton balls and warm water or with a wet baby washcloth  When you are finished, pat the skin dry with a soft towel
(Wipes, especially those containing alcohol, can cause rashes and irritation until children are about two months old)
 
6  Slide a clean diaper under your baby's bottom making sure tabs are on the portion located under your child's bottom Most diapers today have colorful markings or characters indicating the front of the diaper
7  Before closing the diaper, apply any ointments or creams your doctor has recommended for rashes Doing this step after you've placed the new diaper under your baby will help prevent you from having to clean ointments off the changing surface, which can sometimes be difficult
 
8  Close the new diaper by pulling the front up over your baby's belly and pulling the tabs open and around to the fastening surface
(For newborn baby, if you are not using specially cut newborn diapers, be sure to fold the diaper down to avoid irritation of the umbilical stump)
 
9  Dispose of old diaper by wrapping tabs all the way around and securing inside a bag if desired
 
10  Wash changing surface and hands This step is especially important if your baby is ill, to avoid recontamination

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