How to Diaper Your Baby

How to Diaper Your Baby
You can change your baby on a changing table or on any surface covered with a changing pad or towel. It's important to have all the supplies you'll need within reach before you begin. NEVER leave your baby alone on a bed or changing table, even for an instant.

Many first-time parents are surprised by how many diapers they go through in a day. To make life a little easier for yourself, have plenty on hand.

Before and after you change your baby's diaper, be sure to wash your hands. And when it's time to change the diaper, make sure you have the following standing by:

  • A clean diaper
  • Baby wipes
  • A plastic bag to dispose of soiled diapers
  • Diaper rash cream containing zinc oxide, such as DESITIN® ORIGINAL™ and or DESITIN® CREAMY® Ointments. These formulas are clinically proven to provide babies with fast, effective relief of diaper rash.
  • Diaper rash ointment containing petrolatum, such asDESITIN® CLEAR™ Ointment, helps relieve and prevent not only diaper rash, but a multitude of baby skin problems.
  • A change of clothes for baby (just in case!)

Steps in changing your baby's diaper:
Lay your baby on a flat, secure surface. Remove the diaper by lifting the adhesive tabs, and then fold the adhesive strips back onto themselves so they don't stick to your baby. Next, using a baby wipe or washcloth dampened with water, clean the genital area by wiping from front to back. 

Fold the dirty diaper onto itself and move it to the side. You can apply a multipurpose ointment such as DESITIN® CLEAR™ to help relieve and prevent diaper rash. Products containing zinc oxide, such as DESITIN® ORIGINAL™ or DESITIN® CREAMY® Ointments, help soothe the skin and promote healing. Each of the threeDESITIN® Formulas forms a protective moisture barrier to seal out wetness and other irritants that can cause diaper rash.

Secure the clean diaper by fastening the adhesive strips from the back of the diaper to the front panel. It should be snug, but not tight. Finally, dispose of the dirty diaper and wash your hands again.

If changing diapers and all that hand washing is leaving your skin a bit dry, try using a mild, allergy-tested cream, such asJOHNSON'S® EXTRA CARE Healing Hand Cream. JOHNSON'S® EXTRA CARE and JOHNSON'S® SOFT offer a new line of cleansing and moisturizing products designed especially for adult women so JOHNSON'S® can nurture your skin again.

JOHNSON'S® SOFTCREAM™, JOHNSON'S® SOFTLOTION™ and SOFTWASH® are a new line of products designed especially for adult women so JOHNSON'S® can nurture your skin again.

For more articles about caring for your baby, visit THE JOHNSON'S® GUIDE TO NURTURING CARE™.