Newborn How-to Stations Using QR Codes

Many teachers are encouraged to incorporate various forms of technology into their lesson plans. QR Codes (Quick Happy.BabyResponse Codes) are everywhere…magazines, promotions, informational brochures, and even advertisements, so why not make them part of your classroom? QR Codes are like bar codes linked to hidden messages, websites or videos. I’ve been wanting to use these for awhile, but just didn’t know what I wanted to do with them. As I was updating my Child Development curriculum and lesson plans, I figured out the perfect way to use them in my Newborn Care unit. Read below to see how I am using QR Codes within this lesson/activity. Please share how you use QR Codes in your class room in the comment section below or shoot me an email with your attachments at


  • Ask students what they need to know how to do when caring for a newborn and list them on the board. You may get answers such as diaper changing, bathing, dressing, how to feed, burp, make formula, swaddle, calm them, get them to sleep, deal with colic, install a car seat, etc.


  • Electronic Devices (Smart Phones, iPhones, iPads,Tablets)
  • QR Code Reader
  • Real Care or Other Baby Dolls & Blankets (optional)


  • Set up stations around the room with QR Codes and activity sheets. Stations include how to change a diaper, how to burp a baby, how to give a baby a bath and how to swaddle and calm a newborn. As you can see from the above list, there are other stations you could include. I didn’t want to overwhelm my students so I kept it to the basics.
  • Randomly assign students into small groups so there is at least one device that can read the codes if you are not a 1:1 classroom.
  • Students will scan the code, view the video and complete the notes/questions or activities.
  • After completing all of the stations, go over the information, discuss anything students are not sure about and then complete the review or assessment (your choice) using the information they just learned.


Resources (See Update Below)

UPDATE: The Video used for the original Diaper Station has changed. Below, you will find new questions, with a new QR Code linked to a new video.

Digital Versions-Thank you Syndia Coursen

Picture Courtesy of imagerymajestic at Free Digital Photos

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10 comments for “Newborn How-to Stations Using QR Codes

  1. Clare
    January 2, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    What an awesome Activity, I can't wait to try it! Thanks so much

  2. Kathy Lennon
    May 10, 2016 at 7:26 am

    My students really struggle with group work. This was a fun way for them to practice working in groups and very informative. Thank you for sharing your lessons with us!

  3. Kelly
    November 1, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    Great activity, my students really enjoyed the activity and concentrated more on the activity that the group members.

  4. Terri
    November 3, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    This worked great!

  5. Megan
    November 17, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    Thank you for this great idea and awesome resources!! I have a large class (36) so I created 4 more stations for them to go through so the groups can be 4 kids instead of 8. I think I will have to give them 2 days to get through all 8 stations. I am really excited to try this 🙂

  6. Miss A
    January 18, 2017 at 12:12 am

    This looks like an awesome lesson! I've never used QR codes in my classes. I'll be trying it next week.

  7. Ashley
    January 26, 2017 at 11:03 am

    Love love love this activity! The students love moving through each station and learning! Thanks for sharing this!

  8. MARY
    March 27, 2017 at 11:48 am

    Loved this activity!!!

  9. Marissa
    January 28, 2020 at 4:28 pm

    I love this activity and use it every year. Is the How to Change a Diaper QR Code giving anyone issues or is it just me?

    • K.Graybill
      January 29, 2020 at 6:15 am

      No one else has shared any problems. Maybe there’s an update that needs to take place on your device. Do you have a tech person in your school that can check it out?

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