A diaper change can unnerve the toughest of men, but it won’t faze the guys who read this article.
In this article:
- Diaper Change Supplies aka The Bomb Disposal Kit
- How to Change a Diaper: Step-By-Step Instructions for Disposable Diapers
- How to Change a Diaper: Step-By-Step Instructions for Cloth Diapers
- Bonus: Diaper Change FAQ for Your Sissy Questions
The Ultimate Diaper Change Guide for New Dads or Uncles
Diaper Change Supplies aka The Bomb Disposal Kit
1. Baby Diapers
Not all diapers are created equal in terms of their absorbency, their fit for your baby, allergenic effect, pricing, and their lasting impact on the environment. There are three kinds of diapers, if we’re basing it on material. Disposable diapers provide convenience, but at the cost of the environment since it will literally take 500 years before one degrades. There are cloth diapers which you can re-use, but you need to wash them every single time (read: even more laundry). Finally, there are green diapers, which combine the convenience of disposable diapers with partially biodegradable materials (but these can cost a little more, and can be tougher to source).
2. Diaper Mat
A diaper mat provides you a stable, portable, and clean surface to place your baby on while changing them.
3. Diaper Table
If you don’t have this nifty fixture at home, you should consider getting one in that mad shopping frenzy your partner calls nesting. A diaper table gives you a solid surface for changing your baby, and provides storage for diapers and other baby supplies. A little bit of organization goes a long way—when you’re caught in a literal shitstorm, you’ll be glad to have a decent surface with dedicated drawers for the stuff you need.
4. Baby Wipes
You’ll need baby wipes to clean off any residue of urine or crap from their bottoms. Choose the unscented and hypoallergenic variety to save your spawn from itchy or painful rashes.
5. Burp Cloth
A burp cloth or a bib will protect your baby from any surprises, especially common in baby boys who will straight up pee and drizzle the yellow stuff all over themselves (and you). Take heart, though—soon you’ll develop lightning-quick dad reflexes that will allow you to do hyper-speed diaper changes with zero accidents.
6. Diaper Cream or Lotion
Well, if you haven’t been doing a bang-up job of cleaning the baby or you’re using stuff that doesn’t agree with their skin, you’ll need diaper cream to soothe those rashes.
7. Diaper Pail and Liners
Yes, you don’t want used diapers lying around, do you? Get yourself a diaper pail and some liners so you can easily get rid of the toxic waste in one go.
8. Rubbing Alcohol
No matter how hard you try, your hands will still end up touching poo and pee to some degree. After washing your hands, double disinfect with some rubbing alcohol.
9. Booster or Inserts
An insert is an extra layer of cloth used as a buffer for pee for those who prefer using cloth diapers.
10. Cloth Diaper Tabs or Pins
What you’ll use to fasten and close the front flap of the diaper and bind it to the back flap.
To wipe your hands or clean any dirt off, of course. You can also use them to wipe away your tears whenever the sheer madness of it all gets to you and crushes your puny spirit.
How to Change a Diaper: Step-By-Step Instructions for Disposable Diapers
Step 1. Lay and Secure Baby First
Place your baby down on the diaper changing mat or diaper changing table and make sure you secure them with the safety straps.
Step 2. Unstrap the Dirty Diapers
Next, you’ll want to take off the clothes your baby is wearing and unfasten the dirty diaper. Don’t remove the dirty diaper just yet, though.
Step 3. Put the Burp Cloth On and Prep the Clean Diaper
Place the burp cloth on your baby to protect him or her from “sprinkles.” Prepare the clean diaper by opening it up.
Step 4. Clean Your Kid’s Nether Regions
Now you need to pay special attention because this is where the steps on how to change a baby girl differs from how to change a diaper on a boy.
It’s quite simple with a boy because you’ll just need to clean his front area first with a baby wipe and then raise his legs. You can also use the clean part of the old diaper to remove or wipe off excess poo. Next, you’ll need to wipe his butt with another baby wipe. Make sure to go through those chubby folds to get rid of dirt or poo that might be hiding there.
Since the anatomy of a girl is different, you’ll need to be particularly careful with cleaning. You’ll have to clean from front to back. Never re-use a wipe you’ve used to clean her butt to clean the front because the bacteria can give her a urinary tract infection. Women and girls easily get UTIs because their urethra is shorter. So, there’s less distance to travel for bacteria to reach the parts that can cause a lot of trouble.
For newborns, you can use cotton balls and washcloths soaked in water to clean the baby as the chemicals in commercial baby wipes may be too harsh.
Step 5. Pull the Soiled Diaper Out
After wiping your baby boy or baby girl’s bottom while raising their legs, slide the dirty diaper out and place the clean one under the kid. The side with the adhesive straps should be directly beneath your baby’s lower back. Once the baby’s back parts are clean, gently place your baby’s butt back on the diaper.
Step 6. Apply Cream or Applications
You can apply any cream or powder the pediatrician advises before you close the bad boy up. Again, whatever it is, make sure the formulation is suited for your baby’s sensitive skin. Your baby will let you know with his or her non-stop wailing if the stuff makes their skin itchy. Trust us, you don’t want that.
Step 7. Fasten the Diaper
Now, you can safely put the front part of the diaper on to cover your baby’s crotch area and then fasten the adhesive straps over the belt part. You’ll know it’s right because there’s usually a strip of cutesy designs which marks the spot you can put the strips over.
How to Change a Diaper: Step-By-Step Instructions for Cloth Diapers
Step 1. Prep the Diaper
Lay down the baby and unfasten the dirty diaper and bring down the front flap. Prepare the fresh diaper by laying it out or folding it.
Step 2. Place a Booster or an Insert
Bring down the flap completely and place a burp cloth or an insert in case the child suddenly pees.
Step 3. Start Cleaning the Baby
Use the front portion of the diaper to wipe away any poo from the kid’s butt and then fold the cloth diaper in such a way that the clean side goes up. Prop up your baby using the folded diaper cloth.
Step 4. Use the Wipes
You can use either a cloth or a baby wipe to clean the infant’s front side first and then the back. Again, you need to be strict in wiping front to back with girls because of possible infection issues. Use extra wipes in case there’s some crap involved. Remember to clean the kid’s butt thoroughly, and make sure you cover the folds and the inner thighs.
Step 5. Let Your Baby’s Tush Air Dry
If you’re in no hurry, it’s best to let your kid’s nether regions dry, but if time is an issue, you can use a cloth to pat away any moisture. This is also the perfect time to apply any creams or powders.
Step 6. Change the Diapers
Remove the dirty diapers and even the diaper mat if pee or shit got onto it. Put the new diaper under your baby with the back part aligned with the kid’s waist. If we’re talking about a newborn here, the diaper’s back flap should be higher than the front flap to avoid irritating the kid’s still-fresh belly button.
You should also make sure the section of the cloth covering your kid’s groin and the space between the legs are evenly spaced. Bunched up cloths in this area can chafe against their skin or make the baby uncomfortable. Again, you always want the baby relaxed because a stressed-out baby will destroy your calm.
Step 7. Close the Fresh Diaper Up
Use a fresh insert or a booster to provide an additional layer of absorption against pee, and then use the fasteners to close the front flap or outer layer of the diaper.
Step 8. Drop the Bomb
Place the kid in her or his crib and then take the dirty diaper to the toilet. Try to shake off and remove any residue of poo on the cloth to the crapper. Place the diaper in a diaper pail or a separate laundry bag. Sanitize your hands and then you’re done.
Bonus: Diaper Change FAQ for Your Sissy Questions
1. How to Change a Poopy Diaper Without Throwing Up?
Let’s face it: No one wants to be that close to shit. But a guy’s gotta do what a guy’s gotta do, right? The good news is, a newborn’s poo doesn’t smell bad at all, because all they drink is milk. Plus their intestines are still clean and mostly bacteria-free. The odor only really starts once you start them on solids. This means you’ll have plenty of time to acclimate. If it’s really a problem, you can use an ointment like Vick’s Vaporub under your nose or suck on a mint while changing the diapers.
2. How to Change a Poopy Diaper?
Wear a radioactive suit, place the kid in a containment room, and use robotic arms to remove the toxic waste. We’re joking, of course.
You’ll just have to follow the instructions above and use wipes to get rid of any residue. Again, if you want to be systematic: clean the groin area first, move to the areas surrounding the penis or vagina, the inner thighs, the folds or creases, the butt crack, and finally the cheeks or lower back.
Don’t be stingy with the wipes if there’s a lot of crap there. The looser the stool, the more you’ll use. It’s always an easier time if the baby does a solid one because it’s relatively easier to clean.
3. How to Change a Boy’s Diaper Without Him Peeing on Me?
You can open the front flap of the diaper and then close it again immediately. Just wait for half a minute while the boy does his business. Or you can use a burp cloth to cover his penis.
4. How to Change a Toddler’s Diaper Standing Up?
First, you’ll need to check for poo. Slide your finger into the back flap and peek to see if there’s a bomb there. If there’s poo, hold the diaper from under and unfasten the straps. Remove the dirty diaper and then clean your kid beginning with the front and then to the back. Just ask the baby to cooperate with you as you turn them for cleaning. Finally get a new diaper and place it between the kid’s legs and then carefully fasten.
Make sure there’s a minimal gap in the thigh holes to avoid any pee or poo from escaping. Also, make sure the straps are securely fastened. You don’t want that diaper falling off.
5. Additional Diaper Change Toddler Tip
The best part about this stage is you can do all your diaper changing in the bathroom or toilet area. This conditions your kid to equate doing their business with this area of the house. You can also ask them to sit on the toilet in case they still need to pee or to poop. You can consider this as your transition into potty training your rugrat.
6. How Often to Change Newborn Diaper at Night?
Normally, you can expect to change a baby’s diaper every 3 to 4 hours at night, unless they poop. Newborns can pee up to twenty times a day and it’ll burn a hole through your wallet if you do a diaper change each time.
7. After How Many Hours Diaper Should Be Changed?
Again, they’re good for up to 2 to 3 instances of peeing, but if you see the diaper look swollen and yellow, change it immediately. Normally, you can expect to change diapers every 2 hours during the day and every 3 to 4 hours at night. Also, change immediately if they poo.
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We hope this elaborate guide on how to change a diaper will serve you well. Househusbands and new dads take note! Nothing tests your manhood like becoming a father, and that includes close encounters with bodily fluids that ain’t yours. But beyond the dirty diapers and human waste, children aren’t all that bad. If you do your shit-cleaning and diaper-changing well, manage to not traumatize them, and be kind to your spawn, you’ll find them to be great friends as they grow older.
Does this guide answer all of your concerns regarding diaper change time? If there’s still something bothering you about the topic, write your questions in the comments section below. We’ll update the article later on with answers to your questions.