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How to change a nappy

Changing your baby’s nappy is something you’ll become only too familiar with doing, especially in the early months. It may not be the most enjoyable part of looking after your baby, but it’s important to do it when it needs doing to keep your little one clean and happy.

 

Where to change a nappy 

The safest place to change a nappy is on a mat or towel on the floor, so your baby can’t fall. If you are using a changing table then keep a close eye on them at all times - don't turn your back or walk away. 

Younger babies are generally more cooperative when it comes to changing nappies, so you might want to try to keep them entertained with toys.

What you'll need

  • A clean nappy
  • Alcohol-free baby wipes / warm water and cotton wool 
  • A changing mat or towel
  • Barrier cream
  • A bag for dirty nappies
Nappy changing kit
removing dirty nappy

Remove the dirty nappy

Gently lift their legs in the air and remove the dirty nappy and put it into a nappy bag.

To keep your baby comfy and content, change their nappy as soon as they've done a poo. Some babies can be left a little longer if they've just had a wee but this depends on how sensitive their skin is.

 

Wipe clean

Now wipe your baby's bottom with baby wipes or cotton wool and warm water.

To keep your baby feeling squeaky clean and fresh, wipe everywhere that was covered by the nappy thoroughly but gently. Girls should be cleaned front to back, while boys should be cleaned all around their testicles and penis.

 

wiping baby's bottom
putting on a clean nappy

Put a fresh nappy on

Let your baby's skin breathe for a few minutes before putting a new nappy on. Apply a thin layer of barrier cream onto their bottom by dabbing gently with your finger.

Now it's time for a fresh new nappy. Like before, gently lift their legs and slide the back of the nappy under their bottom and pull the front on top of their tummy.

Fasten it up

Fasten the nappy with the side taps, making sure its snug but not too tight it look like its pinching.

And you're done!

Top tip: If your baby is a newborn, remember to avoid covering the umbilical cord stump - you can roll down the top of the nappy to do this.

 

fastening nappy tabs

Clean up

Once your baby is settled down somewhere safe, put the nappy bag in a bin and wash your hands thoroughly.

Carrying a mini pot of hand sanitiser in your changing bag is great for when you're out and about. 

Important advice for you

Breastfeeding gives your baby the best start in life. The World Health Organisation recommends breastfeeding exclusively for the first six months of your baby’s life, followed by continued breastfeeding together with complementary foods.

Breastmilk promotes your baby’s sensory and cognitive development, it protects your baby against infectious and chronic diseases and can help your baby to recover quicker during illness.

Unlike infant milks, breastfeeding also contributes to your health and well-being, reducing the risk of ovarian cancer and breast cancer.  It can also build a strong emotional bond between you and your baby.

Breastfeeding is safe for the environment. You should also consider the social and financial implications of using infant milk. It is important for you to eat a healthy, balanced diet during your pregnancy and as you breastfeed. Combining breastfeeding and bottle feeding may reduce your breast milk supply and it may be difficult to reverse the decision not to breastfeed.

Please take advice from your healthcare professional before using Baby & Me Organic. If you do choose to use our products, please follow the manufacturer’s instructions very carefully as incorrect preparation may make your baby ill.

The content provided in this article is for information purposes only and should not be regarded as medical advice. Please consult a doctor, midwife or healthcare professional if you have any questions or concerns about your or your child’s health.