As a new parent, one of the most important skills you will need to master is diaper changing. Did you know you’ll change 6,000-9,000 diapers before your baby is potty trained?! To help you navigate this essential parenting skill, we gathered some of the top diaper changing tips.
Before you even begin changing your baby's diaper, make sure you have everything you need within reach. This includes a clean diaper, wipes, a changing mat or pad, and any other items you may need. Being prepared will make the process much smoother for you and baby!
Choose the Right Size Diaper
When it comes to choosing a diaper, it's important to make sure you’re using the correct size according to your baby’s weight. The diaper should fit snugly but comfortably. If your baby is in between sizes, we recommend sizing up. Check out our diaper size chart here.
When changing your baby's diaper, be sure to clean their bottom thoroughly with eco baby wipes or a damp dry wipe. Wipe from front to back to avoid spreading bacteria and always use a fresh section of the wipe for each pass.
Have a Boy? Listen up!
If diapering a boy, place the penis in a downward position before fastening the diaper to help prevent leaks, especially at nighttime.
Be Mindful of the Environment
Changing your baby's diaper can create a mess, so be mindful of your surroundings. Use a changing mat or pad to protect your furniture and floors and be sure to dispose of dirty diapers and wipes properly. Our favorite diaper disposal system is Dékor due to the easy Step. Drop. Done. functionality and we love that their refill system doesn't waste unused bag space so they're more eco-friendly. If you are in a public restroom, use a changing table if one is available or bring your own changing mat.
Engage with Your Baby
Diaper changing can be a great opportunity to bond with your baby. Talk to them and make eye contact, sing a song, give them a special toy or play a game. This can help keep them calm and make the experience more enjoyable for both of you.
Finally, safety should always be your top priority when changing your baby's diaper. Never leave your baby unattended on a changing table, even for a moment, and always use the safety straps if they are available. If you need to step away for any reason, take your baby with you.
By following these diaper changing tips, you can ensure that you are providing the best possible care for your little one. Remember, diaper changing may seem like a small task, but it's an important one that will be a regular part of your parenting routine for many months to come.