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Your newborn will need several diaper changes a day, but you will be a pro in no time. Just remember, when diapering, it’s convenient to have all your supplies within arm's reach. So here is a step-by-step guide when using disposable diapers.

· Diapers
· Wipes
· Plastic bag for diaper disposal
· Vaseline
· Powder
· Lotion

The Diapering Process

1. Make sure your hands are clean before changing your baby.
2. Place your child down on a clean, dry, warm area. A changing table works best for this job.
3. Unfasten the two diaper tabs and remove the dirty diaper.
4. Lift your baby’s bottom off the table by grasping your child’s ankles.
5. With a baby wipe, clean your infant’s front first. For girls, make sure to wipe the genital area from front to back to avoid a bacterial infection. For boys, place a clean cloth over your son’s penis so he doesn’t urinate on himself while you are giving him a diaper change. For both sexes, don’t forget to wipe over the creases.
6. Apply lotion, Vaseline or powder as needed.
7. Lift the baby’s bottom off the changing table and slide in a clean diaper. Open the diaper. The diaper half with the tabs should go under your baby’s bottom. Bring the diaper forward by placing it in between your infant’s legs. Fasten the diaper at both sides with the tapes. If your newborn has an umbilical cord, do not cover the area with a diaper. Just slightly fold down the front of the diaper.
8. Place the dirty diaper in a plastic bag.
9. Wash hands.

Never leave your newborn unattended when changing a diaper. If the telephone or door bell rings, let it ring. You don’t want to risk having your baby rolling off the changing table and getting injured.