The most important thing to remember for changing your baby boy’s diaper is never entirely removing the old diaper. Keeping it as a barrier for a few more seconds, so the pee doesn’t get to you like a fountain. There’s a list of things you should always have in your diaper bag, including a few toys to keep your baby boy distracted while you change them. Remember to give your baby as much air time as possible.
Changing your baby boy’s diaper is a straight-up difficult challenge, sometimes even more so than changing a girl’s diaper.
The sole reason being your baby boy’s pee will directly land on your face or torso when you’re changing the diapers. This is why many parents find it difficult and don’t know how to handle such situations with their babies.
Some parents find changing the diapers of their baby girl easier than their boys, or they’re used to it and don’t know where to begin when starting to learn to change their boy’s diaper.
If you keep reading, I will show you while explaining in detail how to change your boy’s diaper quickly and efficiently!
Things you need handy
If you’re a new parent, you definitely need to know this piece of information before you start ripping those tabs off to change your baby’s diaper.
These things are readily available around you when you’re home. Still, it’s a concise list to need to have with you in the diaper bag whenever going outside with your baby boy.
Things you need handy are:
- Bunch of diapers
- Cotton balls
- A new set of clothes
- Ointment for rash
- A couple of small handy toys
- Disposable bag
How to change diaper step by step
Step 1 – Diaper barrier
You need to be on guard for your baby boy, for they will pee as soon as you remove that diaper. So, make sure you’ve placed them on the changing table and only then open their diaper to change them. If you don’t use a diaper table, place a clean towel beneath them to avoid mishaps.
It’s important to remember to keep the diaper up as a shield between you and your baby and not remove it entirely once you open it.
This will prevent them from peeing directly onto you. Let them pee in the diaper, and once you know they have, you can move onto the next step.
Step 2 – Remove diaper
It’s essential to make sure your baby boy is clean before placing a new diaper into the position.
This means using a wet cloth, especially for the first two months, as your baby can be allergic to the alcoholic content in the wet wipes.
For later, you can start using gentle wipes to wipe your baby from the bottom to the front. Make sure you clean all the parts properly, including their genitals, to wipe off any remains of the urine.
Step 3 – Air time
Your baby boy’s parts need to be free, too, after being closed off for such a long time underneath the diaper. This benefits your baby in many ways, and the number one is it reduces the chances of them getting a rash.
When you wipe them clean and air dry, they also feel freedom and enjoy this time.
Step 4 – Cream/powder
The next step is to apply any cream you use for rash, mainly on the inner thighs.
Before you start applying, place the new diaper beneath them. You can also use powder if you want. It also helps in keeping the area fragrant and dry as much as possible.
You can use a distracting technique to keep your baby busy during this part of the whole process. Just giving them a few handy toys should do the trick.
Step 5 – Wrap it up
Close the new diaper you’ve placed on your baby. Then, firmly roll the old diaper up, using the tabs to close it off properly from both sides.
Place it in the bin where you usually put your baby’s diapers. Make sure you disinfect the changing area to avoid any further infections in the future. And wash your and your baby’s hands too.
Diaper changing video walkthrough
If you’re a visual person, here’s a great video I found on YouTube showing you the diaper changing process for boys.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
Does diaper affect baby boy in any way?
Keeping your baby wrapped up in a diaper will definitely cause problems, be it a boy or a girl.
Letting your baby go free from time to time will help their body parts air dry and feel the fresh air. This also prevents rashes.
How many hours can a diaper be used?
You need to keep a tab by checking in every 2-3 hours to see how much pee your baby’s diaper can hold. Depending on the frequency with which they pee can help you ascertain the changing of diapers in a day.
Is it okay to leave diapers overnight?
If it’s just peeing, then it’s okay to leave it overnight, but if it’s poop, then clean it right away. Your baby will be alarmed and inform you by crying out loud. Sometimes, even peeing will be so much it can make you change the diaper overnight.
Should I change a poopy diaper if my baby is sleeping?
Yes, it would be best if you did that. Even if your baby is asleep, you should defiantly change the diaper to avoid any urinary tract infection. Most probably, your baby will be crying.
Before you start changing your baby boy’s diaper, you should make sure you have all the things you need so that you won’t have to run here and there.
There are a few steps to changing the diaper successfully, but make sure you clean up well after getting done with everything.
Disinfecting the changing place is crucial to avoid any infections in the future. When you know your baby will only distract you from changing the diaper or interfere by flailing their hands here and there, then distracting them with toys is always something that will keep them busy.