How To Change A Pull-Up | Hassle-Free Ways in One Easy-to-Follow Guide 

 November 8, 2022

By  Tania Lopez

Key Takeaways

  • A toddler is ready for pull-ups at 7-12 months because, nowadays, they come in small sizes.

  • You can put on toddler pull-ups without removing clothing.

  • Putting on pull-ups is a simple three-step DIY process

  • It involves removing, cleaning & preventing diaper change leaks, and putting on the new diaper.

Here's a step-to-step process of changing pull-ups for babies without soiling other clothes or shoes. Read on to see how.

a parent with a kid and a package of pull-ups on the bed

How to Change a Pull-Up: Changing Baby Pull-Ups

Pull-slip-ins are easy to change. It's just as simple as putting on underpants. But notice that kids can move around, so you need to change it correctly and quickly. So here's how to do that, even when it's thrashing its legs and arms.

Step 1: Remove the Used Diapers

  • Prepare the changing place. It could be your bed, a prepared table, or even your thighs(in emergencies only). Spread a comfortable sheet for the baby. Have cleaning wipes and a disposing basket for the soiled diaper. Having everything needed for the diaper change in place makes changing diapers run smoothly.
  • Remove the child's lower body clothing and fold the upper body clothing upwards. Put the baby on its back, clear the diaper area and lift its legs to fold upper body clothing. But be careful, especially for the first time. You can as well remove all the clothes.
  • Unsnap the sides, then remove it by pulling it down. Dispose of the pad and clean the toddler. 
a mother with her baby

For disposable diapers, do the following:

  • Now tear the diaper's side upwards or downwards, or cut it using scissors. If soiled with poop or pee, be careful not to mar the surface, clothes, or yourself.

  • Wrap it up quickly for disposal, put it in the basket, and wash your hands.

  • Clean the baby's genitals. Here, some guardians prefer showering the baby. But if you cleaned the baby earlier, baby wipes will do. Apply vaseline and powder to protect the baby's skin, especially around the genital area.

  • Re-sterilize the changing surface or change the surface sheet with a clean one.

Step 2: Prep the New Pull-Up Diaper

  • Next is prepping a new diaper. Take it out of its packaging and speed it on the clean, sterile changing surface.

a baby and a person holding a diaper

Step 3: Putting On the New Diaper

  • It comes with nappy pants, but you could have your own. On the inner side of the pants, there are sockets to fix the new diaper pad. So fix it.

  • Ensure the side with elastic waistband stick-ins is on the top and the one with the velcro on the downside. Spread it underneath the baby in that way by lifting its legs first.

  • Bring the downside up, covering the genitalia. Attach the velcro to the backside on both sides. Ensure it covers the belly button. With the right size clean diaper, it should be easy to hold it in position because pull-ups have elastic waistbands.

Changing Baby Pull-ups Without Removing the Clothing

If you didn't remove the child's pants entirely or don't like removing the clothing, do the following. 

  • Remove the child's shoes.

  • Lay it on the changing surface

  • Slide the pants to the feet and

  • Put one leg through the diaper hole

  • Pull it up through the pants opening.

  • Push the diaper through the other pants opening and then have the other leg go through the diaper opening. 

  • Push it up to the waist, ensuring the child is comfortable. 

a person holding a diaper in the hand

Mind the Pee‌-Pee If It’s a Baby Boy

When you put a pull-up on a boy, chances are his penis is pointing upwards because of the pull-up process. If you leave it facing up, urine will leak onto its belly, soiling the upper body clothing. So after finishing putting on the diaper, ensure his pee points downward.

Tips for an Easy Pull-Up Wearing Process

Ensure you measure the waist- Measure the child's waist width, especially immediately below the belly button, the hip's widest part, and around the thighs. These help in getting the correct pull-up size.

Have a care kit whenever you go out. A care kit will be handy if you take your child out to experience the world. It packs clean supplies like clothing, a disposable clean-up bag, a new diaper or two, soap, and vaseline.

Also, avoid common mistakes like not having a diaper change every couple of hours to reduce diaper rashes.

a baby in diaper standing against the couch

How Often Do You Change Toddler’s Pull-Ups?

Change the toddler's pull-ups once every one to three hours. That's because they have two to five bowel movements every day. They also pee quite a lot.

Pull-ups aren't as absorbent as diapers. Some moms take advantage of that during potty training because the spoilage will also disgust the child. But if you prolong the time before giving the little one a change, it will get raspy. That's because the skin will break down, causing a rash as the baby will sit on urine for the extra time spent without having a change.   

What’s the Best Time to Switch to Pull-Ups?

A new generation of pull-ups is starting as low as size 3, which relates to 7kg-13kg babies. That's mostly 7-12-months year-olds. 

But toddlers are ready to use pull-ups when they get ready for potty training. Potty training happens between ages two to five years. So it's hard to keep up with the use of pull-ups before they reach two to four years. But observe your baby because some are ready at two.

In terms of daytime or nighttime, assess how often your child pees. Frequent wetting shows that the baby is not ready to switch to pull-ups. They'll frequently be soiling, which means more cost and time during training. Here, give the little one more time with the diapers unless you must make the switch.

a kid pulling the pants down

Are Pull-Ups Preventing Your 5-Year-Old From Being Fully Potty Trained?

No. In and of themselves, pull-ups aren't keeping your 5-year-old from getting proper potty training. That's because when they don't hold the urine in diapers, the child will not be as dry as they would like. If anything, pull-ups help your baby to potty train.

From our research and experience, some diapers, like Pampers Easy-Ups, have small sizes up to size three. That reduces the parents' urgency to potty train. That delay causes the child to learn that they can use diapers without worries

To potty train as early as possible is always a good idea. But the child can recess if you start it too early, which could also be why they aren't fully potty trained at five years old. The bottom line with potty training and the trick for its success is only consistency and patience.

How Do You Transition To Pull-Ups From Diapers?

To transition from diapers to pull-ups, there are two things to keep in mind. One, what's the size of your baby's waist? That's crucial for the new-generation pull-ups that come in small sizes, even for your 7-month toddler. 

Besides babies' sizes, transitioning from diapers requires parents to assess babies for readiness, especially developmentally. 

That's because transitioning to pull-ups is like potty training in that you want to see the signs, like have they reduced peeing frequency? Are they able to follow simple instructions? That's because unless you want to switch to pull-ups for other reasons, transitioning to them goes hand in hand with potty training. They help train the toddler. 

a little girl playing in the room


How Do Girls Change Pull-Ups?

Girls change pull-ups in 3 steps.

  • Pulling down the pants to clean the genital area, then pulling off the used diaper, ensuring not to spill the spoilage

  • Cleaning the genitals

  • Putting on clean diapers. 

How Do You Fold Dirty Pull-Ups?

You fold a dirty open diaper by rolling it from the pad's mid-part. Ensure the soiled part is secure within the roll. Then fasten it using the tape on the left and right, and you can dispose of it. 

Do You Have to Change a Pull-Up?

Yes. Change the pull-up within three hours. Even if the child hasn't spoiled the diaper, it shouldn't exceed three hours. That's because they risk having diaper rashes and, with prolonged hours, they may get infections.  

Why Do Daycares Change Diapers Standing Up?

Daycares change diapers standing up to encourage baby cooperation during the process. They help by closing & opening pull up's snaps and moving their legs for wiping. Standing promotes more tolerance during the process. 

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