Don't rely on smell as a cue to change your baby's diaper; she can soil up to 10 diapers a day, if not more. You may notice the diaper is heavy, or you can check the diaper by pulling out the waistband or the leg to see if it is wet or dirty, or you can check your baby's diaper before and after each nap. Always change the diaper immediately when it's soiled; that way, your baby will stay warm and dry and you'll prevent chafing and diaper rash.
Set up a safe diaper changing station, where your baby will not be in danger of rolling or falling off. You can use a clean floor; just use a towel or changing pad to protect your baby. When changing your baby, never leave her unattended -- the slightest movements could cause her to fall. Keep the changing area well supplied with clean diapers, wipes, and any rash ointment (such as zinc oxide cream). Keep a diaper bag packed with these essentials so you can change your child quickly and comfortably when you're on the go. To change your baby, follow the steps below:
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