How to Diaper a Baby

Your Changing Table

A changing table isn't a necessity. You can buy a pad that adapts to a dresser top, or opt for the bed. One advantage of a changing table: It's a handy place to store all the stuff you'll use to keep your baby clean and comfortable.

  • Baby soap or bath liquid
  • Baby shampoo
  • Baby cornstarch
  • Diaper rash ointment
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Diaper wipes
  • Sterile cotton balls
  • Baby nail scissors or clippers
  • Baby brush and comb
  • Cotton swabs
  • Square cloth diapers, for burping and cleaning spit-up
  • Bulb syringe for cleaning nasal congestion

Reviewed 11/00 by Jane Forester, MD

Originally published July 2001.

All content here, including advice from doctors and other health professionals, should be considered as opinion only. Always seek the direct advice of your own doctor in connection with any questions or issues you may have regarding your own health or the health of others.

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