Diaper Changing Steps for Childcare Settings

1. Prepare

carrying diaper
  • Cover the diaper changing surface with disposable liner.
  • If you will use diaper cream, dispense it onto a tissue now.
  • Bring your supplies (e.g., clean diaper, wipes, diaper cream, gloves, plastic or waterproof bag for soiled clothing, extra clothes) to the diapering area.

2. Clean Child

cleaning the child
  • Place the child on diapering surface and unfasten diaper.
  • Clean the child’s diaper area with disposable wipes. Always wipe front to back!
  • Keep soiled diaper/clothing away from any surfaces that cannot be easily cleaned. Securely bag soiled clothing.

3. Remove Trash

disposing of the dirty diaper in the trash can
  • Place used wipes in the soiled diaper.
  • Discard the soiled diaper and wipes in the trash can.
  • Remove and discard gloves, if used.

4. Replace Diaper

fastening diaper on child
  • Slide a fresh diaper under the child.
  • Apply diaper cream, if needed, with a tissue or a freshly gloved finger.
  • Fasten the diaper and dress the child.

5. Wash Child’s Hands

washing childs hands

6. Clean Up

Cleaning diapering surface
  • Remove liner from the changing surface and discard in the trash can.
  • Wipe up any visible soil with damp paper towels or a baby wipe.
  • Wet the entire surface with disinfectant; make sure you read and follow the directions on the disinfecting spray, fluid or wipe. Choose disinfectant appropriate for the surface material.

7.Wash Your Hands

washing hands after diapering
Page last reviewed: July 5, 2022