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