Safe & Healthy Diapering in the Home

Safe & Healthy Diapering in the Home

Steps to Safe and Healthy Diapering in the Home

1. Clean Child

Keep a hand on the child for safety at all times.

- Place the child on diapering surface and unfasten diaper.
- Clean the child’s diaper area with fresh baby wipes. Remember to always wipe from front to back!
- Keep dirty diaper/clothing away from any surfaces that cannot be easily cleaned.


2. Remove Dirty Diaper

If child is using cloth diapers:

- Place used disposable baby wipes in a plastic-lined, lidded trash can or place cloth wipes in a cloth diaper pail.
- If child has pooped, fold diaper closed and set aside for now, out of child’s reach.
- If child has not pooped, place the dirty diaper in a cloth diaper pail.


If child is using disposable diapers:  
- Set the used baby wipes in the dirty diaper.
- Place the dirty diaper and used baby wipes in a plastic-lined, lidded trash can.


3. Replace Diaper

- Slide a fresh diaper under the child.

- Apply diaper cream, if needed.  

- Fasten the diaper and dress the child.


4. Wash Child's Hands

- Wash child's hand with soap and water and place him or her in a safe, supervised area.


5. Clean Diapering Surface (Especially if there were any spills or leaks of diaper contents)

- If diapering surface is waterproof, wipe up any visible soil with damp paper towels or a baby wipe.
- Then scrub with a disinfectant spray or wipe and allow surface to air dry.
- If diapering surface has a fabric cover, remove the soiled cover and replace it with a fresh one.


6. Flush Poop (if using cloth diapers)

- If the child had pooped into the diaper, discard poop in toilet. Take care not to touch any other surfaces.
- Place the dirty diaper in the trash can or cloth diaper pail.

7. Wash Your Hands

- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.

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