Safe & Healthy Diapering in the Home

Protect yourself and your children from germs by following these diapering steps.

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
replacing the 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
washing the child's hands

Wash child’s hands 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)
cleaner and paper towels
  • 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
washing your hands

Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.

Page last reviewed: October 18, 2018