Experienced parents might be able to change diapers within a few short minutes with their eyes closed. However, it may take a considerable amount of time for new parents to get the hang of it at first – especially if they have never had to change these undergarments in the past for other babies. Fortunately, there are several simple steps that can be followed to get the job done much sooner than you might think.
Have Everything Prepared First
Keep in mind that there are several different items that need to be readily available when you are shopping for your baby’s needs, including baby wipes, baby powder (in most cases), and a new diaper. Many parents will even have a plastic bag handy in order to properly dispose of the soiled garment during the cleaning and changing process.
Instead of spending a substantial amount of time hunting for these items when the time comes to change your child’s diapers have them readily available within the same, convenient location. Doing so will save you a considerable amount of time because you will have everything you need to start and finish this process in one spot, according to What to Expect.
Dispose of the Soiled Garment Quickly
It doesn’t matter if your child made a bowel movement or simply urinated, you need to make sure that their soiled undergarments are wrapped up and removed from the area as soon as possible. Keep in mind that your newborn baby and infant won’t have a clear understanding of what you are doing or even what they should be doing while you do it, so they may want to play with you and move their limbs aimlessly. You don’t want the soiled diaper anywhere near them when they are expressing themselves in this high-spirited and energetic manner.
Clean the Baby Thoroughly
The last thing you want to do is to have to repeat the cleaning stage of this process simply because you did not do it right the first time around. You need to make sure that you focus on thoroughly cleaning the entire area of the baby that was covered by the actual undergarment, instead of just around their sensitive parts. Keep in mind that many babies will actually soil themselves a lot of time in a day.
When changing the diapers of a newborn baby, make sure that you use a washcloth that has been dipped in a clean basin or bowl of lukewarm water. Using baby wipes at this early stage of their life can lead to rashes and skin irritation if wipes are used as cleaning tools before the child has reached the age of two months old, according to Pregnancy Weekly.
Ensure a Tight and Secure Fit
Even though you may want to rush through the whole process just to get it done as quickly as possible, you need to first make sure that you are completing it correctly from start to finish. If the diaper does not fit properly on your baby’s body, and continuously falls off due to your own negligence, then you will end up spending more time on the backend trying to resolve these issues when they arise. In order to prevent these problems from occurring in the first place, you need to make sure that you get it done right the first time around. Once you get used to the overall process, you will get much faster and more efficient when it comes to completing the procedure properly. And it will happen sooner than you might think.
*This is a partnered post. All my opinions are my own and not swayed by outside sources.*