The following diaper changing procedure should be posted in the changing area and followed to protect the health and safety of children and staff:
Step 1: Before bringing the child to the diaper changing area, perform hand hygiene and bring supplies to the diaper changing area.
Step 2: Carry/bring the child to the changing table/surface, keeping soiled clothing away from you and any surfaces you cannot easily clean and sanitize after the change. Always keep a hand on the child.
Step 3: Clean the child's diaper area.
Step 4: Remove the soiled diaper and clothing without contaminating any surface not already in contact with stool or urine.
Step 5: Put on a clean diaper and dress the child.
Step 6: Wash the child's hands and return the child to a supervised area.
Step 7: Clean and disinfect the diaper-changing surface. Dispose of the disposable paper liner if used on the diaper changing surface in a plastic-lined, hands-free, covered can. If clothing was soiled, securely tie the plastic bag used to store the clothing and send home.
Step 8: Perform hand hygiene and record the diaper change, diaper contents, and/or any problems.
Caregivers/teachers should never leave a child unattended on a table or countertop. A safety strap or harness should not be used on the diaper changing table/surface.
Resource Type: Article
National Centers: Health, Behavioral Health, and Safety
Age Group: Infants and Toddlers
Last Updated: September 29, 2022