Tips to clean baby properly when changing a diaper

We learn through experiences and parenthood teaches us a lot. One crucial part is changing a diaper. As a mother, feeding and changing diapers take up most of our time. Our life revolves around our child and these everyday tasks that are an important part of motherhood.

People often assume feeding to be the primary task but maintaining proper hygiene is as important as feeding. A newborn’s little bottom is very delicate and can easily become irritated. Newborn babies require lots of attention and care. We need to change baby diapers up to 6 or 7 times a day, to keep baby rash-free and dry.

Changing a diaper may look difficult initially, but with time and some tips, you can take care of the vulnerable skin of the little munchkin with ease.

Here are some tips to clean baby’s skin while changing a diaper.

Things required before changing a diaper

  • Changing sheet if you don’t have a changing station or table.
  • Extra diapers
  • Cotton balls or wipes
  • Baby Wipes
  • Cleansing product
  • Diaper cream / Oil / Ointment
  • Sanitizing wipes or a disinfectant spray (optional)

Tips for proper wiping

  • Changing diaper at regular intervals is really important. Change your baby’s diaper immediately if it’s soiled. Make a note that diapers for newborns need to be changed more frequently since they pass urine and stools more often.
  • Please check the size closely, appropriate diaper size is important and should be chosen wisely. If the diaper is too small, it can create rashes, marks and irritation. If the diaper is too big then it may leak easily due to poor fitting.
  • When you’re ready to change your child’s diaper, place her on a changing table or use a clean piece of cloth. Take off the diaper and lift child’s legs so that you reach all areas.
  • Fold the diaper and dispose of it. Empty the garbage regularly to reduce smell and prevent the growth of bacteria.
  • Using wipes or cotton balls, gently wipe your child’s bum. Always clean from top to bottom i.e., front to the back for girls and vice versa for boys. Never wipe from bottom to top as it may spread bacteria. You can also use lukewarm water for the same.
  • Once you’ve finished cleaning, properly dry the folds in the skin to prevent infection.
  • Apply lotion or powder on bum (depending on season), avoiding the genitals.
  • Wash your hands well after changing your child’s diaper.
  • Now take the clean diaper and keep it handy. Gently lift the legs and feet and put them in the cut outs for legs. Simply pull up the diaper and make sure it fits well.
  • Completely clean the changing area with a disinfectant spray or a sanitizing wipe.


  • If you find any rashes around the area, then leave the baby’s bottom exposed and use the suitable products.
  • Never leave the child alone on the changing table.

Did these tips help you?

Let me know in the comments section so that I can continue on this journey of sharing my experiences. Furthermore, I would love to hear more about your experiences and your tips.

Happy Parenting!

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