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Become A Pro At Changing Your Baby's Diaper

By Rose Smith, Copyright 2003

One of the fastest lessons a parent learns is how to change a baby's diaper - usually 8 to 12 times a day in the first few weeks! The first couple of times may be a bit daunting, as your newborn is so tiny and fragile. But never fear, within a couple of days you'll be a real pro at this never-ending task.

First, gather your supplies. If you use a changing table, make sure everything is within easy reach. You'll need:

- A clean diaper
- Baby wipes or a warm wet washcloth
- Baby rash ointment
- A change of clothes (just in case)
- A changing pad or receiving blanket to lay down on the floor or bed if you're not using a changing table.

To start, lay your baby down on a flat wide surface such as a changing table, bed or the floor with a clean pad or blanket underneath. Remove your baby's clothing and open the diaper. Pull back the diaper and wipe any excess bowel movement off with a clean corner of the diaper. Keep your eye on your baby, especially if you have a boy. This is just when they'll decide to anoint you with a spray of urine so be ready to pull the diaper back up quickly.

Once you get any excess excretions wiped up, slide the diaper out from under your baby. Take a baby wipe or warm wet washcloth and clean the area thoroughly. Slide a clean diaper under your newborn's bottom, then apply baby rash ointment. Once done, fasten up the diaper making sure it's on snuggly (but not too tight). Redress your baby and place him or her in a safe place. Dispose of the dirty diaper (if you're using disposable diapers) in a trash bag or diaper pail or wash out the cloth diaper and place it somewhere to be washed later. Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly after every diaper change.

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Rose Smith is the author and publisher of an online shopping and information resource for essential baby care products. For more information on baby care, visit:

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