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Newborns To One Month
New parents should plan on changing at least ten diapers a day.
The ten will be composed of six or more wet diapers and three to four bowel movements.
One Month And Older
Parents will stay busy changing diapers as babies grow.
After one month, bowel movements are still soft because babies are either breastfeeding or on formula.
Breastfed babies tend to have mushy and more frequent stools than formula-fed babies.
Generally, it is not unusual to have fewer bowel movements as babies develop.
However, one one-month-oldies will continue to have four to six wet diapers a day.
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How Do I Know When to Change My Baby’s Diaper?
Diapers should be changed every time they are soiled.
Newborns tend to have a wet diaper every one to three hours over a 24 hour period.
It is most common for babies to have bowel movements during or just after a feeding.
Just like adults, babies’ digestive systems are stimulated with eating.
Disposable diapers are very absorbent.
Babies tend to fuss less with wet diapers, so it is important to check them often.
A good habit to develop is to change diapers before each feeding and after each soiling.
Do not forget to change diapers before each night time feeding.
However, do not wake babies just to change their diapers unless you know for sure that they are soiled.
Sometimes it will feel that changing diapers has monopolized that first year.
Just remember that it is worth it.
Urine and the bacteria present in stools can lead to rashes that are painful and difficult to treat.
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How To Change A Disposable Diaper
Step 1) Gather needed items
A clean diaper, wipes, diaper cream and a plastic bag handy for the soiled diaper. Wash your hands with soap and water. Lay your baby down on a soft, clean, flat surface. Secure the strap if one is present.
Step 2) Remove the dirty diaper
Lay your baby down and undo the tabs of the diaper. Fold these in half so the adhesive does not stick to the skin. Take down the front of the diaper. (For boys, place a washcloth or wipe over the genitals so you don’t get sprayed.)
Step 3) Clean all bowel movements
Lift your baby’s legs and wipe any stool away from the baby using the clean part of the dirty diaper and moist cloths. Always wipe from front to back so that you do not contaminate the area with the stool. Pull out the dirty diaper and place it to one side.
Step 4) Put on a clean diaper
Place the back side of the clean diaper (the part with the tabs on it) under your baby’s bottom. The end of the diaper should line up with your baby’s waistline. Open up the front of the diaper and pull it up between the legs. If you have a newborn, be careful to fold down the top of the diaper to allow the umbilical stump fresh air. Spread out the front of the diaper, open the back tabs and pull across the front of the diaper.
Step 5) Wash your hands
After changing the baby, make sure you wash your hands to prevent the spread of bacteria.
Tips & Tricks For Changing Diapers
- For newborns with umbilical cords, either use a diaper with a notch in front or fold the diaper so that it sits below the umbilical stump.
- Give older babies something to play with when they get to the age where they are wriggly.
- Be patient. Your baby will pick up if you are nervous and can become fussy with diaper changes.
- Always wash your hands before and after diaper changing. Carry hand sanitizer in your bag.
- Practice ahead of time. Changing diapers is a new skill for first-time moms and dads. Practice on a doll. Do not worry. Before long, you’ll have plenty of practice.
- Keep track of how many diapers you change. If your baby starts producing less soiled diapers or more, let your medical professional know.
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