How to Change Baby Diaper – Step by Step Guide

While many individuals may think it is silly that someone would question the proper way to change a baby’s diaper, remember you were a newbie parent at one point. If you are a new parent or expecting your first newborn, in a few months, you need to familiarize yourself with diaper changing. Below you will discover everything that you need to know about changing your little one’s diaper.

Baby Accessories

Before your baby is born, you should definitely stock up on cloth or disposable diapers, baby wipes, lotions, and diaper rash ointment, because you are going to need them. While most parents choose to purchase a changing table for their newborn, they truly are not necessary. You can simply change the baby’s diaper, while he is lying in the bassinet or crib. Just make sure that you are in a comfortable position to decrease risk of back injury.

Step-By-Step Guide

  • Step 1 – Thoroughly was your hands with soap and water
  • Step 2 – Gather your supplies and a diaper waste pin
  • Step 3 – Place your newborn in an area, where he will be safe and will not roll off
  • Step 4 – Unfold the new diaper and grasp your infant’s angles gently and lift his buttocks off of the surface.
  • Step 5 – Place the tab side half way up the baby’s back, you can use the belly button, as an invisible line measurement
  • Step 6 – Remove the old diaper and toss it into the diaper waste pin (if your baby is a boy, you may want to use a clean towel over his penis so he does not urinate everywhere). If the baby pooped, you do not want to remove the diaper just yet. Instead use the soiled diaper to remove the bulk of the poop.
  • Step 7- Cleanse the baby’s front with a moist baby wipe, from front to back with girls to prevent UTIs. Make sure that you clean the bottom very well to remove the entire poop. Sometimes the mess will make its way up the baby’s back, so make sure you grasp his ankles and get down on eye level just to inspect your cleaning job.
  • Step 8 – Pat dry the area very well, before you apply the diaper rash prevention cream
  • Step 9- Pull the clean diaper up between the infant’s legs and remove the tabs and fasten it into place, but avoid pulling it too tight, because you do not want to restrict your infant’s respirations.

Your baby is now completely clean and ready to be comforted and nurtured, by his mother or father.


Avoid baby powders, because the tiny particles of the powder can compromise the respiratory system. The particles will suspend in air and the baby can inhale them. You should also avoid contact with the cream and the vaginal area, because you do not want your baby girl to experience any type of UTI symptoms.