If you are like any new parent, you relish sleep. When you manage to get your baby quietly resting, you rejoice. It is a time when you finally can finish up housework, complete work tasks and get rest yourself. What happens though when your baby needs changing overnight? You sneak into his or her room for a change and happen to out-of-habit flick the light switch on, and here it comes: crying. Baby is awake.
If you spent hours trying to get the baby to quiet down, you realize the enormous mistake you just made, but what can you do? You can try to ease the baby to sleep or talk in soft sounds to help, but a lot of times you have to just start the whole process of sleepy-time all over again.
There are some things you can do though to ensure that you don’t wake the baby while still addressing the much-needed diaper change. Here are some tips to make the process go smoothly.
Changing Baby’s Diaper Like In Silent Mode
In general, to change a diaper without waking baby, you want to try to complete the process with as little interruption to sleep as possible.
- First of all, don’t turn the light on. Here’s where a good nightlight comes in handy. Have one set up close to the floor at the outlet, but also close to the crib. You can see everything you need for the change.
- Second, have all items you need for a nighttime change ready. Don’t make noise looking for wipes or moving around to find creams. Rather, prepare beforehand to have a handy nighttime changing kit at your fingertips. Your changing items should be stationed near the crib so you can easily reach everything.
- Thirdly, be sure that you dress your baby for bed conveniently. Try purchasing open-bottom style pajamas for easy access. You can get a wide variety of snuggly options and it will let you change the baby with as little pulling and tugging of clothing as possible.
- Finally, when changing a cloth for a sleeping baby, try combining it with feedings. Usually nighttime feedings are relaxing to a baby so if you can do double duty and change them at the same time, you may be able to sneak both without fully waking up your baby.
Best way to change baby boy nappy step by step
If you have a baby boy’s diaper to change, don’t fret. There are tips to make the process much easier for the new parent. Here is a step-by-step guide to getting the job done and minimizing getting soiled during the process:
- Get everything ready first. This means have your wipes, fresh nappy and creams within arm’s reach. In particular you want something you can use in case you start to get peed on to cover your baby quickly. A towel, the front of a fresh diaper or a wipe can all do the trick. The secret is to have whichever one you choose ready and being ready to grab it.
- Wash your hands thoroughly with a cleanser that is natural. You want to be sure that your hand products don’t irritate your baby’s sensitive skin or irritate your after repeated and frequent use.
- Gently hold your baby’s legs and elevate his behind. Slide the clean napkin under him, up to the waistband of the old diaper. If you sense a bigger mess than normal, you also can slide a cloth, disposable pad or a towel under the baby instead of the clean diaper. This way you can get him as clean as possible without soiling the mattress or changing table.
- Open the side tabs of the dirty cloth and fold them onto themselves so they don’t stick to your baby boy. Pull down the front of the diaper and cover him up with a cloth so he won’t pee on you during the change.
- If your baby has a poopy napkin, lift him by the legs again and use the front of the it to wipe most of it off his behind. Fold the soiled nappy in half and slip it under the baby with the clean side touching his behind. This will protect your new diaper from your baby’s dirty bottom.
- Use a damp wipe or a cloth to clean your baby’s front. Use another wipe to clean your baby’s behind. Here you can lift your baby again by using the legs to gently elevate him. You want to be sure to clean thoroughly and don’t forget your baby’s thighs and creases where poop can still be soiling your baby.
- Let your baby’s skin dry for a few minutes, or dry him with a clean cloth. Here is where you want to use any diaper rash salve or cream. Remember though, the best defense against rash is to keep your baby’s bottom as dry as possible.
- Pull out the dirty diaper and discard it in the receptacle. Your fresh diaper should be ready for use if you have it under the baby already. If you had a cloth or towel, then lift the baby boy again by the ankles and slide the new diaper under him. Note: he should still have a towel covering his front!
- Pull up the front of the cloth but point his penis down so he won’t pee on the waistband. If you have a newborn baby, cover his umbilical cord stump. There are specially-designed newborn diapers with a notch for the area.
- Be sure that its between your baby’s legs is not bunching too much or causing any chafing. Fasten the side tabs securely, but still loose enough to be comfortable. Discard the towel or cloth you used under the baby in either the garbage if it is disposable, or in the laundry.
- Thoroughly wash your hands again.
How to change for Baby Girl step by step
If you have a baby girl’s nappy to change, don’t fret either. The process is still basically the same, but with a few little changes. Here’s the step-by-step guide:
- As with your boy, preparation is key to changing a baby. Make sure that you have all your needed tools ready. This is particularly helpful if you want to sneak in at night and change your baby stealth-like.
- Thoroughly wash your hands with a good cleanser that won’t irritate you or your baby girl’s skin.
- Elevate your baby girl’s behind by holding her legs and gently lifting her. Slide the clean nappy under her, up to the waistband. If it’s a bigger mess, just like with a boy, use a disposable pad, cloth or towel under the baby too to protect the area.
- Open the side tabs and fold them into each other so the adhesive won’t stick to your baby’s skin.
- If it is poopy, lift your baby by the legs and utilize the front of the soiled diaper to wipe away the majority of the waste. Roll up the soiled diaper and slip it under the baby to protect the new diaper from the dirty one.
- Use a wipe or a clean cloth to clean your baby. Always make the movement front-to-back so that you aren’t contaminating the baby with fecal matter. Lift your baby by the legs again to properly elevate her and make your job easier. Also clean your baby’s thighs and anywhere where poop can hide. Be aware of the area at the top of your baby’s behind.
- Let your baby’s behind air dry for a few minutes, or wipe her with a clean cloth. Apply any cream or rash ointment here.
- Pull out the soiled and place it in the proper receptacle. If you have the new cloth under your baby already, then it should be ready. If you had a towel or cloth under the baby still, then remove it.
- Pull the front of it up and secure the sides. If you have a newborn baby girl, consider getting napkins that have special notches cut out for the umbilical cord.
- Test to make sure that it is comfortable and not scrunching too much between your baby’s legs. Make sure that the side tabs are secured but still comfortable on your baby girl.
How often to change Newborn nappy at night
Many parents wonder how often to change a newborn’s napkin overnight. It depends on how soiled it is. It also depends on how easily your baby goes back to sleep. If your baby has an obviously soiled nappy, then you have to change it. You may just have to go through the falling asleep process again. If however, it can still be left overnight, then try applying cloth rash cream before bed to protect your baby from any irritation.
Play around with ways that work for your baby. Some newborns will let you change them and go back to sleep. Other newborns wake up the minute you sneak into their bedroom and stay up for hours.
Change it without baby crying
The best way to change it without your baby crying is to do it as swiftly and calmly as possible. You don’t want to interrupt the peaceful nap they were having. A good tip is to use a sound machine. It can help to drown out any noises that might disrupt your baby. Just leave it on lightly in the room with your baby. When you have to change them, calmly walk into the room, do your changing without a lot of extra noise and leave. You also can try a soft light and speaking softly to the baby if needed.
How to change a poopy pull up nappy
No parent likes changing a poopy pull-up, but it must be done. The good news is that pull-ups come with side Velcro that is pull-away. They are strong enough to hold and so that your baby can’t remove them him or herself, but you can still conveniently change them. Just tear the sides and they come off just like a diaper would.
How often to change for 6 month old
A 6-month old baby should be changed after every bowel movement. Beyond that though, most likely changing after feeding should work well, unless the diaper looks saggy and wet. Roughly every 2-3 hours is a general rule of thumb, but it depends on your baby’s individual schedule, food and liquid intake and health.
How often to change for 8 month old
An 8-month old baby should be changed roughly every 2-3 hours also. Again though, it depends on a lot of food and water intake amounts and your baby’s health. A sick baby may need more diaper care. Try out the 2-3 hour schedule and see if it works. You can make needed adjustments from there.
How often to change for 1 year old
In general you should change a 1-year old’s diaper every 3-4 hours but this depends on a lot of additional factors. Is your baby drinking a lot? Is your baby ill? What is your baby’s current schedule? Some baby’s pee when they sleep automatically so changing after they wake is always a necessity. Some baby’s poop mid-day no matter what. Follow your 1-year old’s lead with the schedule, but usually a 3-4 hour changing schedule is a good place to start.
How to change for toddler
Toddlers are on the run so how do you change a diaper for them? The good news is that most toddlers will tell you when they need change. Let’s face it, it can’t be comfortable! They also are used to the process, they have been having their diapers changed for a few years now. All those things work in your favor.
Likely your toddler is going to tell you when they need a change, so they know that they need to lie still for those few moments while mom or dad change them. To keep them still, you can try having a toy by your changing table that you give them specifically when they are being changed. A doll, a stuffed animal or a book can give them something to do while you change their diaper.
Best time to change baby’s napkin
The best time to change a baby’s diaper is when your baby is calm and quiet. You can easily make the process streamlined and easy by having everything needed ready at arms’ length. Regardless of how hard you try though, there are going to be some times when you just have to change the baby’s napkin when it isn’t convenient. Take a deep breath and know that every parent has gone through it and had to use a makeshift changing table in the backseat of a car, or on a seating booth. It isn’t pretty, but it gets the job done.
You also can follow your baby’s lead. If your baby poops right after feedings, then that’s a sign that he or she should have a clean cloth beforehand. If your baby poops right before midday, then there is another sign. Let your baby tell you when their natural body clock needs changing.
How to know when to change size
The best rules of thumb when changing size is to:
- Watch how much soilage is in it. If you see that your baby has too much waste for the nappy to hold, then you likely need a larger size.
- Watch how difficult it is to close the sides. If you see the side tabs getting a little too tight, or the leg holes are restricting, then likely you need a larger cloth.
The good news is that you can easily test out a box of larger nappy for that in-between period to see what works best for your baby.
How to change napkin in Airplane Flight
Hopefully the plane you are on has a changing table in the bathroom. If it does, then you’re all ready to change your baby. If they don’t, then things get a little trickier and you have just one option: change baby on the toilet with a closed seat. It is a tiny area though so this may be difficult. Set out all of your supplies—creams, wipes, etc. Cover the toilet with a disposable changing pad or paper towels. Put your baby on the pads and change it quickly. It’s especially important to do it quickly because of how cramped the space is and how easily your baby can slip off of the toilet seat top. Re-diaper the baby and finish final dressing. Some people use the seat next to them as a changing area, but this is not recommended. Remember that other people aren’t always alright with this, and neither are the flight attendants. If your family is sharing an entire row of seats with you it may be possible, but otherwise go to the bathroom.