Choosing diapers

Diapers will be part of your baby’s wardrobe until he’s potty trained. Disposable or cloth diapers? It’s a matter of choice. Opt for the ones that work best for your baby’s skin and fit best with your values, needs, budget, and situation.

Disposable diapers

Disposable diapers come in a variety of brands, sizes, and types (e.g., regular and overnight).

These diapers contain crystals that safely transform urine into a gel and separate it from the stool. This eliminates the mix of urine and stool that can irritate your baby’s skin.

Some disposable diapers contain perfume, which can also be irritating for your baby’s skin.

Cloth diapers

Cloth diapers are available in a wide variety of styles that fit well and are easy to use and care for.

Some brands offer extra-absorbent nighttime models or allow you to insert a second absorbent pad.

It’s important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions (e.g., some recommend soaking before washing) to keep cloth diapers in good condition.

Various organizations and specialty shops can answer any questions you may have..

How to change diapers

Essential information to rememberMost newborns need frequent diaper changes. So why not make it a fun and enjoyable time for you and your baby?

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Whether you’re using disposable or cloth diapers, it’s important to change your baby on a regular basis, and right away after she poops. Changing her diaper regularly helps prevent irritation.

To change a diaper

  • Remove the soiled diaper.
  • Wash your baby’s genitals and bottom with soap and water, whether he’s a newborn or older (see Genitals)
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use disposable wet wipes. It’s best to use wipes only if your baby’s skin is healthy. Choose unscented wipes to avoid irritating your baby’s skin.
  • Dry your baby’s bottom before putting on the new diaper.
  • Put your baby down in a safe place and wash your hands.

You don’t need to apply a protective cream to prevent irritation. If her skin is irritated, you can apply a layer of zinc oxide ointment (see Redness on the bottom (diaper rash)).

Information to which special attention should be paidBe careful your baby doesn’t fall! Never leave your child unattended on the changing table. Always keep one hand on him if you need to reach for something. You can also change him on a towel or mat on the floor.