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I'm a new mama and I realize this might some like a dumb, obvious question, but I'm going to ask anyways! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> What are the steps you go through in changing your baby's diaper? We are using prefolds and fitteds with snap and pull-on wool.<br><br>
The reason I ask this question, is because unlike with disposables, when I take off the cover the diaper is all wet (duh) and then it gets whatever surface I'm changing her on, wet. Not a huge deal but it's kind of a pain when we're out and about, and also it gets my changing pad cover at home all wet.<br><br>
Also, when you wipe do you wipe with the dirty diaper still underneath and *then* put a clean dipe under? I have been doing this but have managed to get poop all over my hand a couple of time...not pleasant.<br><br>
So I just thought I'd ask in case I'm missing some kind of "tricks", kwim?
 

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I was using disposables when dd was tiny but, I bought little pads to put under her bottom (they're exactly like a mattress pad cover, but cut into one foot squares). I got them at Babies R Us or another baby store like that. Maybe something like that that you could switch out after every change or a vinyl mat to just put under the baby's bottom that you could wipe down every time would work? If they're the snap off covers, you could probably leave the cover under the dipe until you're ready to put it in the pail or whatever... that'd be tougher with a pull on cover. You could also try changing more frequently so that the diper isn't quite so wet?
 

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If I'm using a prefold/fitted with a cover, I tend to leave the cover underneath - basically I undo the cover, open it up, undo the diaper, and keep it on top of the cover. That way the cover acts as part of a changing pad. If he's in a pull-on wool cover, and I think I need it, then I'll lay a flat or prefold under him as a "changing pad".<br><br>
If he is poopy, then I open the diaper up, begin to wipe, but fold the front of the diaper under him, so that when his bottom is cleaner, it won't hit the poopy in the diaper on accident. (Not sure how much of that made sense ... ).<br><br>
But, prefolds work really well as a quick changing pad if needed; flats do as well and are easier to wash/dry (if you are using one with every change, I would probably opt for flats so you aren't adding much more needed energy to clean the load).
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">when I take off the cover the diaper is all wet (duh) and then it gets whatever surface I'm changing her on, wet. Not a huge deal but it's kind of a pain when we're out and about, and also it gets my changing pad cover at home all wet.</div>
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I use a portable changing pad sometimes on our floor (the plasticy ones). Or I fold the diaper so the back part, which is usually pretty dry, is what touches the floor. Or I keep the diaper in the cover if I'm not reusing it & have just the cover touch the floor. If we are away from home I usually have my wetbag handy & just put the used dipe directly into the bag. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Also, when you wipe do you wipe with the dirty diaper still underneath and *then* put a clean dipe under? I have been doing this but have managed to get poop all over my hand a couple of time...not pleasant.</div>
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I fold the front of the diaper back to cover up the poop. Or if it's really nasty <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> with not-so-compact poop, I'll pull the dirty diaper completely out & put it aside while wiping (with a changing pad underneath so the poop doesn't get all over the rug or wherever we are). HTH!
 

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I haven't completely eliminated this problem, but I minimize it by holding my daughter's butt off the dirty diaper by grabbing both of her feet. (Luckily, she thinks this is hilarious.) As quickly as I can, I wipe off most of the poo from the baby, then I set aside the diaper, folded shut, with the wipe inside (out of reach of the baby). Then I can grab another wipe and do a more thorough cleanup and take care of the dirty diaper when she's changed and dressed.
 
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