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You can use disposable diapers or cloth diapers.
Decide what is most important to you: environmental concerns, cost, or convenience.
If your baby is going to a day care, check with the day care provider whether cloth diapers are OK.
Usually, you should change your baby's diaper when he eats. If your baby's diaper is wet or soiled between feedings, change it as soon as possible.
Gently wash your baby's buttocks and genital area with a diaper wipe or a soft cloth and lukewarm water.
You may use a mild soap, but avoid unneeded chemicals. Wipe from the front to the back.
Wash your hands before and after changing your baby's diaper.
First published: 04/01/2002
Last updated: 08/22/2011
Reviewed by: Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts