Buy the correct size of cloth diaper based on your baby’s age and weight. Sizes range from newborn diapers for babies 0 to 3 months weighing 5 to 10 pounds up to toddler’s size. Purchase flat cloth diapers, and fold them in the desired shape to fit your baby, or buy prefolds, which include an extra layer in the center and require a wrap or cover.
Lay your baby on a stable surface such as a table, floor or dressing table. Place a towel or changing pad beneath the baby, especially in a public place. Unfasten the diaper pins and remove them, carefully placing them away from the baby.
Place the new cloth diaper in a diaper wrap.
Remove the old diaper and lift the baby’s legs, wiping the baby’s bottom and private areas with a baby wipe.
Position the diaper wrap containing the dry diaper underneath the baby’s bottom. Pull the diaper up between the legs. Attach the first side of the diaper by overlapping the piece underneath the baby’s bottom about an inch over the piece between the legs. Place your hand between the diaper and the baby’s skin and push the cloth pin through the diaper. Repeat for the other side.
Check the diaper to verify it is snug on the baby’s bottom and will not leak. Adjust if necessary. Place the baby in a safe place then dump the dirty diaper in the diaper pail.