Whether you use cloth or disposable diapers (or a combination of
both), change them often to keep your baby comfortable and help prevent
diaper rash. Newborn babies can use 10–15 diapers every day.
To change your baby’s diaper:
- wash your hands
- place her on a safe, flat surface
- take off the dirty or wet diaper
- clean her diaper area with a warm, wet, soft washcloth or baby wipe (for information about how to clean your baby's genitals)
- dry her diaper area to help prevent diaper rash
- put on a barrier cream and a clean diaper
- dispose of the used diaper and wash your hands
To keep your baby safe when diapering:
- always keep one hand on her—even newborn babies can move
- use safety straps (if there are some) when changing on a table or raised surface
- keep all pins and creams out of her reach
- don’t use lotions, perfumed diaper wipes or creams (except barrier creams for diaper rash), since they may irritate her skin
Diaper changing area
You and your baby will be spending a lot of time in the diaper changing area. Here are some tips for keeping this area clean.
- Make a separate area for diapering only. If you can, set it up near a sink and away from areas where food is prepared, stored or eaten. Clean the area often.
- Remove stool from the diaper and flush it down the toilet.
- Put soiled washcloths, cloth diapers and clothing in a covered diaper pail. Wash them often.
- Put disposable diapers in a designated covered diaper pail or garbage and empty it often. Keep soiled diapers out of the reach of children.
- Wash your hands after changing your baby’s diaper.
If your baby has a diaper rash, you can use a small amount of a
zinc-based cream. Talk to your pharmacist about which cream to use. For
information about diaper rash.