To safely diaper a baby,
- Place the diaper under the baby’s bottom. Pull the diaper through the baby’s legs and fasten the closures.
- Remember to be patient. Newborns keep their little legs drawn up. You may have to wait for them to uncurl their legs before you can get the diaper on right. Speed is essential. When a baby learns to crawl and roll, they will turn away from you. It can be hard, but at this stage, you must become a diaper ninja.
- Change a cloth or disposable diaper every 3-4 hours during the day, or as soon as a diaper becomes soiled.
- Use a wet wipe to gently clean your baby’s bottom. If your baby has sensitive skin, consider using cloth wipes and homemade wipe solution.
- Never use a dirty diaper for a second time, even if you think it still has life in it. Disposable diapers should always ben thrown away. Cloth diapers should always be washed. Your baby’s skin is sensitive and exposure to dirty diapers can cause serious rash.
- If your baby experiences a rash, call your pediatrician for instructions and help.
If you do not have access to a safe supply of diapers for your baby, reach out to your local diaper bank for help. If you have access to a washing machine, you may even qualify for free cloth diapers. Share The Love, a national cloth diaper bank, may be able to help.
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