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How to Diaper a Baby


Updated February 11, 2014

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Diaposable Diapers versus Cloth Diapers
Baby in Cloth Diaper

Baby in a diaper.

Photo © M.A. Benz

Diapering is probably the most dreaded of all baby care activities. But which diaper is best? The truth of the matter is that diapering has gotten much easier as the years have gone by. No matter if you use cloth or disposable diapers, they are easier to use and hold more with fewer leaks than even 10 years ago.

Disposable Diaper

Disposable diapers are everywhere. There are many brands to choose from in a variety of costs and features. But the basics of how to get the diaper on the baby is much the same.

Cloth Diapers

Gone are the days of diaper pins and wiggly babies. Now you only have to contend with wiggly babies! Cloth diapers have become very user friendly. Many are now what we call All in Ones (AIO). This means that they are used just like a disposable diaper. They fasten with Velcro®.

Other cloth diaper are used as disposables, though you may need to fold or use a prefolded diaper followed by a cover that is usually fastened with Velcro® for a waterproof cover. Both varieties can be done at home or with a diaper service if one is available in your area.

See also: Which Cloth Diapers Should I Buy?

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