How to Change a Boy's Diaper

In his first month of life a newborn baby boy will need a diaper change approximately ten times a day. This number decreases as the child grows and his bladder can hold more urine. Baby boys are known to pee during a change when air hits their genitals. When changing your baby, it is best to cover this area to avoid a spray. Understanding how to change a baby boy's diaper properly can help prevent uncomfortable diaper rashes and infections.

Put changing supplies within reach of the changing area. Supplies should include one clean diaper, a cream for diaper rash, a trash can, a cloth-diaper disposal bin, a soft washcloth or cotton balls and a small bowl of warm water. You may also need a set of clean clothes if the clothes your baby is wearing get wet or soiled.

Wash your hands with warm water. Cold hands will make your baby uncomfortable.

Place the baby on his back on a waterproof changing mat and a flat changing surface. This is usually a changing table but you can also change him in his crib, on a bed or on the floor. Keep one hand on him at all times if you are changing him on a surface above the floor to prevent him from rolling off.

Unfasten the tabs or fasteners. If the diaper is soiled, use the top half of the diaper to wipe your baby from the front to the back. Gently lift your baby’s legs up with one hand and pull the diaper out from under him. Place it in the trash can or a diaper bin if you are using cloth diapers. Wipe the baby's genitalia and bottom with a washcloth or moist cotton balls. Always wipe in one direction from the genitals toward the back.

Allow your baby to air dry for a few seconds covering his genitals with an absorbent cloth to avoid being sprayed. Apply diaper rash cream, if necessary.

Put on a Disposable Diaper

Open a fresh diaper. Lift your baby's legs up with one hand to place the clean diaper under his bottom 1.

Bring the front flap of the diaper up toward your baby's stomach. Fold the top edge of the diaper under the navel or the umbilical cord, if it is still present.

Bring the adhesive tabs from the back part of the diaper, toward the front. Secure them in place on the front of the diaper.

Take your baby off the changing pad and place him in a safe place. Wipe the pad down with a damp cloth and wash your hands.

Put on a Cloth Diaper

Lift your baby up and place the cloth diaper on the changing pad. Place your baby on the diaper. One short edge of the cloth diaper should be about 2 inches above his bottom.

Twist the front flap at the groin level. Twist it at a 180-degree angle so that it is inverted. Pull the front flap of the diaper up towards his navel.

Fold the excess fabric at the top of the front flap under the navel. Pull the sides of the back flap up to overlap the sides of the front flap.

Pin the sides. Slide two fingers between your baby’s skin and the left or right side of the diaper where it overlaps. Push the pin through the fabric towards your fingers then back out to the front of the fabric. Secure the tip in the cap of the pin. Repeat this process for the opposite side of the diaper.

Put a pair of plastic pants over the cloth diaper. This will prevent leaks.

Pick your baby up from the changing pad and place him in a safe location. Wipe the changing pad with a moist cloth and wash your hands.


According to the authors of “Best Start: Your Baby’s First Year,” your baby boy may have an erection while he is being cleaned. This is normal and is usually a prelude to a spray.


Baby wipes can cause a rash on a newborn. They may be safe to use after the second month.

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