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 daycare, check with the daycare provider whether cloth diapers are OK.
You should change your baby's diaper when it is wet or soiled. 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 a diaper.
Exposing your baby's bottom to the air for a few minutes several times each day will help keep her buttocks dry.
Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Guide for the Care of Children: Ages Birth to 5 Years Old, fifth edition. To avoid awkward sentences, instead of referring to your child as "he/she" or "him/her," this guide will alternate between "he" or she" and "him" or "her."
Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts, including the Pediatric Department of Allina Health Coon Rapids Clinic