Tips for Diaper Change at Home

So what’s the most sanitary way to change a diaper? How can you make it as clean as possible and limit the spread of germs? Here are some tips.

Choose a good location. You always want to have a well-designated spot for diaper changes, to prevent germs from spreading around. If possible, set up a changing station in the bathroom where you’re close to the sink. Never do changes in the kitchen where food is prepared or eaten.

Be prepared. You should always start a diaper change with everything you need before you take off baby’s diaper including a fresh Teddies diaper, a baby washcloth or wipes, and DESITIN® ointment to prevent diaper rash.

Use distractions. Changing a squirming baby can be a real struggle. It’s also less likely to be sanitary — if you’re wrestling with your toddler and rushing to pull off the dirty diaper, you’re more likely to be spreading germs. So if your baby is a changing table squirmer, have distractions ready. Keep a couple of toys up on the changing table that you can use to divert her attention. Just a couple of extra seconds may be enough.

Wipe carefully. With a girl, always wipe from front to back to prevent infections. Although that’s not an issue with a boy, you should always put a cloth over his penis to prevent a spray of urine during the diaper change.

Once your baby is fresh and clean, slide the new diaper under her bottom. Most disposable diapers indicate which side goes in the front. Before closing the diaper, apply DESITIN® ointment liberally to the diaper area. To secure the diaper, pull the front up over your baby’s belly, open each tab and match them to their fastening surfaces on the front portion of the diaper

Dispose of the soiled diaper and any cleaning materials used during the changing.

Double check. During diaper changes, a baby’s flailing hands and feet have the unfortunate tendency to land in poop. So after he’s changed but before he’s dressed, make sure that baby’s still clean.

Wash off your baby’s hands. Whether or not you’ve actually seen your baby touch anything nasty during the diaper change, it’s still a good idea to wash her hands once you’re done.

Wash your own hands right away. If you’re not near a sink, you can use alcohol-based gel instead — just make sure to keep the bottle out of your baby’s reach.
Wash off or disinfect the toys afterward.