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      Diapering
      1)
      Fold down the front of your newborn's diaper so that it doesn't cover his healing belly button.
      2)
      Plop a fresh cloth diaper over your little boy's penis until your finish changing him: Squirt control!
      3)
      Squeeze diaper cream directly on the diaper: It's less messy that way.
      4)
      Once you've fastened on a new diaper, leak-proof it by running your index finger around each leg hole to untuck the "ruffle."
      5)
      Hang a mobile or color picture over the changing table to distract a wiggly baby.

      Essentials for Diapering

      According to our math, you're going to change your little one at least 5000 times before she graduates to the potty. Whether you're at home or on the go, here's what you need to make diapering easy--and even, sometimes, fun.

      DIAPERS
      This goes for cloth and disposable ones: The most important thing to consider when choosing what will cover your baby's south end is fit and comfort. (Cost-wise, by the time she blows out her first birthday candle, you'll have spent roughly the same amount on whichever you opt for.) Disposables are contoured to avoid bulk, but most cloth diapers are also cut to hug a baby's bum. Some babies get fewer rashes with disposables.
      WIPES
      A smooth, unscented wipe is best for sensitive, newborn bottoms. Move on to textured ones when your child starts eating solids (and having poops to match).
      DIAPER CREAM
      Not all babies get rashes, but an ointment or cream with zinc oxide will be most effective at healing and preventing them.
      CHANGING PAD
      The pad you use on the changing table should have raised sides and a washable cover. The ones you stash in the diaper bag or keep handy for family-room-floor changes needs to be big enough for your baby's entire body--not just his bum--and easy to wipe clean.
      DIAPER PAIL
      It could be a regular wastebasket--with a lid to keep odors in and mobile babies (or family pets) out. Scented plastic liners can help with the smell. We like diaper disposal systems, like the Diaper Dekor, which seals each dirty dipe into an individual section of plastic.
      DIAPER BAG
      Some are so chic that we know moms of potty-trained tots who still use their bags as totes. (There are even cool bags made for Dads.) Aside from style, look for a bag with plenty of compartments so that you don't have to fish around for a pacifier--or your car keys; is easy for you to carry (backpack styles can be comfy; lots of bags these days are engineered to fit over the handles of stroller without tipping it over); and is washable or wipeable.
      Finally, here's our secret for making diaper-changing fun: When your baby's lying there buck-naked, all cleaned up and waiting for a fresh nappy, take a sec to make her laugh: blow on her toes, plant a raspberry on her belly. You might even start looking forward to changing time!