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How to Change a Diaper

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For the first-time parent, changing a diaper can be a daunting task. Newborns seem so tiny and fragile, and diaper changing can be an awkward and nerve-wracking event for those who are inexperienced. Rest assured that, after changing baby many times per day, you will soon become an old pro. For those that need a bit of help in this area, there are a few things to remember.

To begin, get your supplies in order. These include: DiapersChange of clothes (you will be surprised at how many times baby will leak or overflow!)Rash ointment (if needed)Baby Wipes, cotton balls or warm, wet washcloth

Make sure that your hands are clean before beginning, as you don't want to transfer any of your germs to baby. Talk to your baby, in a calm, soothing voice, and smile often. If you are happy, baby will be too! Undress your baby, und unfasten the diaper. Gently lift baby's bottom up, and slide the soiled diaper out. Next, clean baby's bottom with wipes, washcloth or cotton ball. Slide the fresh diaper under baby, making sure the adhesive tabs are in the back (if using disposable diapers). Follow the instructions on the diaper package, to receive best coverage of diaper. Next, dress your baby, and dispose of soiled diaper (disposables) in a diaper pail or plastic bag. Make sure to wash your hands thoroughly after each change! You will find tips and tricks that work best for you, as you and baby get used to changing time. Meanwhile, don't be afraid to ask friends and family for any "secrets" they may have!


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