How to Change a Poopy Diaper

Talk to your baby while you change him.

Work quickly to change a poopy diaper with a minimum of muss and fuss. Many babies resist diaper changes, so it’s important to collect all your supplies in one place before you begin. Whether you are using cloth diapers or disposables, keeping your baby’s bottom clean and dry will minimize diaper rash and discomfort.

Lay your baby down on a changing mat or pad. Check that all the supplies you need -- including wipes, diaper ointment or cream, and an opened fresh diaper -- are within reach.

Lift the tapes of a disposable diaper or undo the clasps of a cloth diaper cover. Wipe solid matter off your baby’s skin with the front, unsoiled part of the diaper.

Lay the dirty diaper down flat beneath your baby. Gently grasp the baby’s ankles with one hand.

Grab a diaper wipe with your other hand. Lift the baby’s feet and wipe the feces into the spread-out diaper. If the baby is a girl, take care to wipe from front to back and to gently clean her vaginal area.

Drop each disposable wipe into the open diaper as you use it. Grab another wipe if needed and cleanse the baby’s skin until no poop is visible.

Slide the dirty diaper out from under the baby and set it aside.

Lift up your baby's bottom and slide the opened fresh diaper underneath. Check to make sure there is no remaining feces on the baby’s back or bottom.

Spread diaper cream on the baby’s skin, if you are using it, to prevent chafing and keep the baby comfortable.

Pull the diaper up between the baby's legs and smooth it down in front. Fasten the tabs and check to make sure the diaper is secure by gently pressing down on it.

Shake any solids within the dirty diaper into the toilet and flush it away. Fold up a dirty disposable diaper to contain the used wipes in the center and secure the tapes before throwing it out. Rinse out a cloth diaper and place it in the diaper pail for laundering.

Things You Will Need

  • Changing mat
  • Diaper
  • Diaper wipes
  • Diaper ointment


Wash your hands before and after every diaper change.