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Cloth Diapering How To: Changing a Baby's Diaper

Posted by Bryana on 1/7/2007 to Getting Started
Our quick tricks make it easy to change a baby's diaper.

Organize your diaper changing table

  • Keep clean diapers and wipes within reach, along with spray or diaper cream.
  • Store diapers in a drawer, on a shelf, or in a basket. A basket is a nice place to keep cloth diapers.
  • With a basket you don’t need to fold prefolds or fitted diapers since most cloth diaper folding can be done in a few seconds during changes. Plus, you can easily pick up the basket and move diaper changing duty anywhere in the house.
  • Protect the changing table with an absorbent or waterproof pad.
  • Make the area interesting for your toddler. If you have a mobile, look at it from below. What does your baby see?
  • Put the a flip-top diaper pail within arm’s reach so you can toss the wet diaper away without letting go of your baby.

Change a baby’s diaper whenever wet

  • Frequent diaper changes keep your baby’s skin dry and healthy. This might mean 12 times a day for a newborn, while a toddler may only need 4-5 diaper changes every day.
  • Notice your baby’s signals. You may find that you can anticipate wet or soiled diapers by their facial expressions and body language.
  • Once your baby begins to communicate more, ask whether it is time to change the baby’s diaper. Giving the baby a voice in this process is an early step toward potty training toddlers.

Develop a routine for baby

  • Especially if your baby resists diaper changing, make changing your baby’s diaper a special time.
  • Ease you baby into the process. Start to sing a special song before you pick them up.
  • Continue to sing while you change the diaper, laughing and playing. Baby may be completely distracted from the diaper changing process.
  • Choose a song with endless verses so you can make it longer or shorter.
  • End the song every time with a big kiss and a snuggle, after the diaper is on and clothes are straightened. Baby will look forward to this time.
  • Keep easy diapers for care givers

    Is the baby sitter (or Daddy) watching baby tonight? Provide a Fuzzi Bunz pocket diaper for easy diaper changes without the possibility of mistakes. Not everyone realizes that you need to use a waterproof cover over the absorbent diaper.

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