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  1. 1Learn your baby's elimination schedule. You can prevent leaks, discomfort, diaper rash, and irritation once you know your infant's bowel habits. As your baby grows, you'll need fresh diapers not long after each feeding -- before and after naptime -- and possibly several more in between.
  2. 2Be forewarned. You can expect bowel changes and an increased risk of skin irritation when your baby starts formula, solid foods, or is sick or taking antibiotics. Change diapers more often until your baby's system adjusts.
  3. 3Choose the right diaper size. This is a key step in preventing leaks. Choose diapers according to your baby's weight, not age.
  4. 4Position parts. When diapers leak, their contents spill out of the sides for girls and the top for boys. Position the penis down so that urine flows into the diaper instead of leaking.
  5. 5Check leg openings. For both genders, make a habit of checking the leg openings to see that the elastic fits snugly.
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