How to diaper a baby
>Follow these steps and you’ll soon be a pro.
- Keep supplies close at hand—diapers, cotton balls or washcloths, warm water in a pump thermos, ointment, a change of clothes and a toy to entertain baby.
- Place the baby on the changing table, put your hand on her and don’t let go until you’re finished. Talk to her throughout to keep her calm.
- Lift the baby’s ankles and wipe. (For boys: Cover the penis with a cloth. For girls: Wipe from front to back.) Slide the soiled diaper out and replace with a new one before you release the legs.
- Apply ointment if needed, fasten the diaper loosely—circulating air helps prevent diaper rash—and you’re done.