How To Change Cloth Diapers: A Step-By-Step Guide

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Changing cloth diapers might seem like a daunting task for many parents, but it doesn’t have to be! With a few simple steps, you can make the process quick and easy.

I’m here to provide a step-by-step guide on how to change cloth diapers so that you can keep your baby fresh and comfortable. Read on to learn everything you need to know!

Changing cloth diapers is an important part of caring for your little one. Not only does it help keep them clean and comfortable, but it’s also a great way to show them love and attention.

With this guide, you’ll be able to make the entire process easier and more efficient so that you can focus on giving your baby the care they deserve.

Gathering The Necessary Supplies

Changing cloth diapers is not an overly difficult task, but it does require some preparation. To start, you need to gather the necessary supplies.

You’ll need a clean diaper, a wet bag for storing soiled diapers, a diaper sprayer or bucket of warm water and detergent, wipes, and a diaper pail. All these items will be essential when it comes time to change your baby’s diaper.

Having the proper supplies on hand makes the process much easier and less stressful. It’s also important to prepare the area where you plan to change the diaper. Make sure there is enough space for your baby to move around freely and that everything is within reach – wipes, fresh diapers, etc.

This will help make changing time more efficient and even enjoyable! Now that you have all the necessary supplies gathered up, it’s time to prepare the diaper for use.

Preparing The Diaper

Changing cloth diapers isn’t as intimidating as it may seem. With the right supplies and a few simple steps, you’ll be changing diapers like a pro in no time.

The first step of changing a cloth diaper is preparing the diaper. Here’s what you’ll need to have on hand before getting started:

  • Diaper cover or wrap
  • Absorbent insert or prefold
  • Fitted diaper
  • Snappi or pins (if applicable)
  • Wet bag for soiled diapers

Once you have your supplies gathered and ready to go, it’s time to start diapering!

Lay out a clean diaper cover, fitted diaper, and absorbent insert (or prefold). If using a fitted diaper and/or prefold with pins or Snappi fasteners, attach them now according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Place the absorbent layer against baby’s skin, followed by the waterproof cover. Make sure everything is snugly in place – you don’t want any gaps where messes can escape!

Now that your baby is properly diapered up, there’s just one more thing left to do – remove the soiled diaper.

Removing The Soiled Diaper

Before I start changing my little one’s diaper, I like to make sure I have everything I need ready so I’m not running around during diaper changes. So I’ll double check that I have a clean diaper, wipes and a diaper bin nearby.

Once I have everything setup, I’ll start by gently taking off the soiled diaper and wiping the area with a wipe.

Then I’ll fold the soiled diaper and place it in the diaper bin.

Finally, I’ll make sure everything is in the bin and out of reach of my little one before I grab the clean diaper and start the process over again.

Preparing The Diaper Change Area

First and foremost, it’s important to prepare the diaper changing area before removing the soiled diaper.

Have all necessary supplies within reach, such as clean diapers, diaper rash cream, wipes, a changing mat or pad, and a trash can or bag for disposing of the soiled diaper.

You’ll also want to make sure there is enough space to move around while changing your baby.

Once you have everything laid out in an orderly fashion, you’re ready to start!

Taking Off The Diaper

Okay, now that we’re all set up and ready to go, let’s get started.

Taking off the diaper can be quite tricky; you’ll want to make sure you do it gently so as not to hurt your little one.

If there is any poo or pee on their skin, use a wet cloth or wipes to clean them first.

Now it’s time to remove the diaper itself – hold down the sides of the diaper, then carefully pull it away from your baby and throw it in the trash can or bag.

You don’t want any of those germs lingering around!

Once you’ve gotten rid of the soiled diaper, your baby is ready for a fresh, clean one.

Disposing Of The Soiled Diaper

Now that our baby is all clean and ready for their new diaper, it’s time to properly dispose of the soiled one.

It’s important to be careful when disposing of dirty diapers; you don’t want any germs lingering around your home or in public places.

If you’re at home, simply wrap up the diaper in a plastic bag and throw it away.

If you’re out and about, most public establishments have a designated diaper disposal system – make sure to follow their instructions for proper disposal.

No matter where you are, always remember to wash your hands after handling a soiled diaper.

Taking care of your baby includes taking care of yourself too!

Cleaning And Drying Your Baby

It’s an exciting moment when you first bring your baby home from the hospital, but it can also be daunting. Picking out the perfect diapers to keep them comfortable and dry is no small task. Cleaning and drying cloth diapers can seem like a daunting task, but with a few simple steps, it’s easy to make sure your little one is always clean and cozy.

1Remove solids with a diaper sprayer or by hand into toilet
2Place diaper in wet bag or pail until laundry day
3Pre-wash on cold using detergent without additives or softeners
4Wash on hot using detergent without additives or softeners

By following these steps, your baby’s cloth diapers will stay fresh and clean! Keeping their skin healthy is important; use natural fabrics such as bamboo and cotton for extra comfort. With proper cleaning and drying techniques, you can ensure that your baby is always feeling their best. Now that the diaper is clean, it’s time to secure them in place with a snug fit.

Securing The Clean Diaper

Changing cloth diapers can seem daunting at first, but with a few simple steps, anyone can do it! After you’ve finished cleaning the dirty diaper, it’s important to secure the clean one on your baby.

To start, place the diaper flat on a clean surface and fold up one side of the diaper. Then slip one leg of your baby through the leg hole and pull the diaper up around their waist. Make sure the tabs are in front so you can easily fasten them later.

Next, bring the other side of the diaper up and over your baby’s bottom before attaching each tab securely to its corresponding piece of Velcro®. Finally, check that all parts are secured properly so there are no gaps or openings that would allow messes to escape!


Changing a cloth diaper can seem like an intimidating task, but by following this step-by-step guide, it doesn’t have to be. With the right supplies and a little bit of practice, changing a cloth diaper becomes second nature.

At the end of the day, it’s important to remember that everyone goes through a learning period when it comes to changing diapers. So don’t worry if you make mistakes or feel overwhelmed at first—it’s all part of the process!

Why not give yourself some grace and try again tomorrow? You got this!

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Carrie Walters is a young mother of Nina and Tom, who along with her husband Jake is passionate about helping moms and families find modern solutions to common parenting and lifestyle questions. Together with a team of real moms and medical experts, this young couple share sound advice and proven tips to help make your life easier.
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