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Changing a diaper is a necessary but sometimes messy task! Here's a step-by-step guide to help you through the process:

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Changing a diaper is a necessary but sometimes messy task! Here's a step-by-step guide to help you through the process:

What you'll need:

  • Changing table (optional, but recommended for comfort and back support)
  • Diaper changing pad
  • Fresh diaper (appropriate size for your baby)
  • Wipes (fragrance-free and alcohol-free are best)
  • Diaper cream (optional, if your baby has diaper rash)
  • Basin with warm water (optional, for very dirty diapers)
  • Washcloth (optional, for very dirty diapers)
  • Disposable liner or plastic changing mat (optional, for added protection on the changing table)
  • A safe place to dispose of the dirty diaper (diaper pail is ideal)


  1. Gather your supplies and wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.

  2. Prepare the changing area: Lay down a changing pad or disposable liner on the changing table (or a flat surface if not using a table).

  3. Gently lay your baby down on their back. Talk or sing to your baby to keep them calm.

  4. Unfasten the dirty diaper. Most disposable diapers have tabs on the sides that you unfold.

  5. Contain the mess (optional, for very soiled diapers): If the diaper is very dirty, you can fold the front half of the dirty diaper inwards to contain most of the mess before completely removing it.

  6. Wipe away any waste: Using wipes, gently clean your baby's bottom from front to back (towards the tailbone) to prevent transferring bacteria to the genitals. Wipe away any waste from the folds of skin in the genital area. Discard the dirty wipe in a trash bin.

  7. (Optional) Clean with warm water (for very dirty diapers): If the diaper was very soiled, you might prefer to use warm water and a washcloth to clean your baby's bottom more thoroughly. Wet the washcloth with warm water and gently cleanse the area. Use clean sections of the washcloth as you go and discard it after cleaning.

  8. Let the area air dry for a few seconds. Pat the area dry with a clean, soft towel if needed.

  9. Apply diaper cream (optional): If your baby has diaper rash, apply a thin layer of diaper cream according to the product instructions.

  10. Put on a clean diaper: Unfold a clean diaper and slide it under your baby's bottom. Pull the front part of the diaper up between the legs and fasten the tabs securely, but not too tight. Most disposable diapers have an indicator that turns blue or green when the diaper is wet.

  11. Roll up the dirty diaper and throw it away. Fasten the tabs of the dirty diaper to contain the mess and discard it in a diaper pail. Do not flush disposable diapers.

  12. Wash your hands again thoroughly with soap and water.

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