How To Properly Change a Diaper~By Abby

You are babysitting a baby or a young toddler and they smell bad! Little Asher the 2 year old boy you babysit asks for his diaper to be changed. You are grossed out! You have never changed a diaper before. Don’t worry! This is your guide to help you change a diaper! (With footnotes at the end) A good way to practice is by using a doll and doing the same process.

Step 1: Gather all your supplies* first so you don’t leave the baby on the changing table* to get something

Step 2: Set him on the changing table and be careful to make sure he is on his back. If you are changing a boys’ diaper you can put a clean cloth or wipe over his private part just in case he decides to potty right then and there! There are also various things such as “Tee-pees” or “Sprinkler Covers” to use, such as these:

Step 3: Open up the new diaper and set it near by.

Step 4: Open up the dirty diaper.* Gather his legs and prop his bottom up. Take a wipe and wipe front to back very gentle.

Step 5: After a wipe is used up and there still is more poop use one more- feel free to use as many as needed. Remember- front to back.

Step 6: When you are done, rub some baby lotion. When the bottom is clean, take the new diaper and tuck the back of the diaper (usually without a picture on it) up under his bottom. The back of his diaper should have one sticky tape like end on each side to stick on the front of the diaper.

Step 7: After you are all done make sure to put his pants back on.


Supplies: Wipes, baby lotion, and a clean diaper.

Changing table: NEVER leave a baby alone on the changing table- he/she could roll and fall off!

Dirty Diaper: Keep the diaper up under him while you wipe him and prop him up so if any poop falls off his bottom, it will go straight into the dirty diaper.

If the child you babysit wants to go potty let him try! Encourage him on the potty and point out things in the bathroom like the wallpaper might have fishes on them. You could read him/her a book why they attempt to go potty. If he can’t go potty tell him that’s okay and that he can try another time. Give him a sticker or a small treat like chocolate (be sure to ask the parents if he can have sweets) for trying. If he did go potty praise him and clap and make sure he feels happy about himself. Give him a treat and make sure to tell the parents about what a good job he did! You can also try to teach him how to flush the toilet and wash his hands after!

*we do not own picture. no copyright intended. credits to google


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Madison
    Dec 16, 2010 @ 19:07:03

    Why do you wipe front to back? :(?


  2. Abby
    Dec 17, 2010 @ 11:30:13

    Madison- you wipe front to back because if you wipe back to front all the poo-poo or pee-pee will get spread to the top and everywhere! It is crucial that you remember to wipe front to back!


  3. Madison
    Dec 17, 2010 @ 18:59:52



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