Most airplanes have changing tables in the lavatory for changing diapers.

How to Change a Diaper on a Plane

by Kimbry Parker

Flying with an infant or toddler can be overwhelming, but one thing you shouldn’t worry about is where to change your child’s diaper on a plane. If your flight is relatively short -- between one and two hours -- you may not need to worry about it at all, as long as you change her diaper right before boarding. But for longer flights, or in the event your child’s diaper does need changing, knowing where and how to change it will make the task seamless.

Gather your supplies while at your seat. Have a clean diaper, baby wipes, sanitizing wipes, a changing pad, a changing table liner and a diaper disposal bag handy so you can easily get to these items when it’s time for the diaper change.

Take your baby to the lavatory. Pull down the changing table, wipe it with a sanitizing wipe, then place down the changing table liner. If you don’t have a liner, use paper towels to cover the table. Lay a changing pad on the liner to provide a cushion for your child.

Place your baby on the changing table. Use the straps on the changing table to secure your baby. This is especially important on an airplane in the event that there is turbulence, which can cause the baby to fall off the table.

Unfasten the baby’s soiled diaper, wipe him clean and place the dirty wipes inside the dirty diaper. Place the dirty diaper inside the disposal bag and tie it up. Dispose of the diaper in the trash can inside the lavatory.

Wash your hands and your child’s hands after the diaper change. If your child isn’t old enough to wash his own hands in the sink, use a sanitizing wipe to clean his hands.

Items you will need

  • Diaper
  • Baby wipes
  • Sanitizing wipes
  • Changing pad
  • Changing table liner
  • Diaper disposal bag


  • If the plane has no changing table, wipe down the closed toilet seat with sanitizing wipes, then lay the changing table liner and changing pad onto the seat. Use this spot to change your baby. Make sure to always keep your hands on your baby while he’s lying on the seat so he doesn’t roll off. You could also check with your flight attendant to see if there’s a preferred place to change a baby’s diaper on the plane if no changing table is available. Sometimes, the flight attendant will direct you to an open row of seats to change the baby. Make sure to protect the seats with a changing pad.

About the Author

Kimbry Parker has been writing since 1998 and has published content on various websites. Parker has experience writing on a variety of topics such as health, parenting, home improvement and decorating. She is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in organizational communication.

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