How to change your baby's diaper: Cloth diapers

Getting Ready:

  • Change cloth diapers more often than disposables. (Four to six disposable-diaper changes are equivalent to six to eight cloth diaper changes.)
  • Have all necessities within arms' reach. These include diapers, diaper wipes, diaper pins and plastic/wool and a covered trash can/diaper pail.
  • Never leave baby unattended and keep one hand on your baby at all times.

Get Started:

  • Undo your baby's diaper. If you use diaper pins, keep out of baby's reach.
  • If you have a boy, place a cloth diaper over his penis to keep from getting unexpectedly sprayed.

Cleaning Up:

  • If your baby had a bowel movement, gently wipe off as much as you can with the diaper itself, wiping front to back.
  • Use a baby wipe to clean your baby's bottom thoroughly, paying attention to all the little folds. Again, wipe only front to back. Lift both of his legs so you can get all areas that might be soiled.

Now, You're Ready to Diaper:

  • Lay the cloth diaper under your baby, folding so it doesn't bunch in between his or her legs.
  • Bring the front of the diaper up, covering your baby and overlapping fabric on the sides.
  • Place your finger underneath the diaper as you are pinning to avoid pricking your baby with the pin as you fasten the diaper.

Fine Tuning:

  • When cleaning up, do not pull your baby boy's foreskin back if he is not circumcised.
  • If you have a baby boy, make sure his penis is pointing down when you put on his diaper.
  • If you have a newborn, fold diaper below the umbilical cord, so it stays dry.
  • Pull on or fasten plastic or wool pants to help keep your baby dry.
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