Sunday, January 13, 2013

Diaper Changing 201

Most people know how to change a diaper, and if you have never changed a diaper (like Jeff before we had a baby) I assure you they are pretty self explanatory. However, there are a few tricks we quickly learned when dealing with leaks, blow-outs, and the like, and I find it necessary to share in this community...because no one thought it important to share with me.

A couple things to note before I begin:

  • Place a wipe/clean diaper/cloth over private parts once they are released from the dirty diaper.
  • Layer changing pad covers. I have three. If - well when really - one gets soiled, I put it in the laundry and have a fresh one ready for the next accident (which usually comes soon). 
  • If your diapers are leaking out the back they are probably too small. Try going up a size.
  • If your diapers are leaking out the front or side, see Steps 3 and 5.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after each diaper change. Because that's just gross if you don't. Also, since you're washing your hands so frequently, it is helpful to have an extra moisturizing lotion next to the sink. My hands got so dry that my nipples started hurting every time I touched something...I know weird, but it felt like a nails on chalkboard sort of thing, and my nipples happen to be responding to that sensation these days.

So when you have a naked baby, here are the steps to follow:

Step 1.

Wipe the baby from front to back, starting in the crotch. Next, work your way in the creases between little boy's nards and legs. Wipe the nards. Wipe under the nards. Maybe grab another wipe. Wipe the bottom until no disgustingness remains. Put on some sort of diaper rash cream. The Grovia Magic Stick allows you to apply diaper rash cream without having to use your fingers. Yay clean hands!

Step 2.

Place the back of the diaper near the bellybutton line. Note: the back of the diaper is the one that is stretchy and has tabs that will fasten to the front.

Step 3.

Tuck the penis down! I hate that no one told me to do this until after we were going through 6 outfits a day.
Step 4.

Fasten diaper tight, but make sure you can get 2 fingers in the front. If newborn bellybutton is still gross, tuck the extra front material inside the diaper.

Step 5.

Untuck the side ruffles to contain sharts!

Step 6.

Wash your hands. Kiss your baby.


And there you have it. Don't miss any of these steps because you'll be sorry.

I'm good at art. 


  1. No one told me to point the penis down either until Joe was a few weeks old. Made ALL the difference in the world!

  2. I love the step by step diagram... How artistic of you indeed!!


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