Diapering: Changing diapers as an opportunity to nurture

  • Involve your child in the process.Even very young children can begin to participate in their own diapering. Babies can lift their legs or bottom, hold the clean diaper, look at the used diaper. Older infants can help wipe their bottoms after you get them mostly clean. They can help unfasten their diapers or wraps. Young toddlers can help pull up their pants. If you have a diapering table with pull-out stairs or a step-stool, mobile children can climb up themselves.

  • Avoid distractions when possible. When babies begin to get mobile, lying still for a diaper change is the last thing they want to do. It is tempting and sometimes feels necessary to fill their hands and attention with a toy. If you find that you need to do this for awhile, try to get back to including your child in the process. Distracting her prevents your daughter from feeling involved in what is happening to her and limits her opportunity to learn about her body and how to take care of it.

  • Follow good hygiene practices. Good clean-up not only keeps your child healthy in the short run, it also teaches him methods for keeping himself healthy in the long run. Proper hand washing, cleaning of the diapering surface and disposal of the used diaper are essential for each diaper change. Both adult and child should wash their hands after a diaper change. Young babies who have good back strength can be held up to the sink and helped to wash their hands. Toddlers can use a stool to reach the sink to wash theirs. Disposal of the used diapers should be in a secure container away from the child’s reach.

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