Healthy Habits: Diaper Changing Steps at Home


  • Protect yourself and your children from germs by following these steps for diapering at 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 the 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 the child has pooped, fold diaper closed and set aside for now, out of child's reach.
    • If the child has not pooped, place the dirty diaper in a cloth diaper pail.
  • If the 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

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.