How to change a nappy
Changing your baby’s nappy is something you’ll become very familiar with doing, especially in the early months. It may not be the most beautiful or 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 comfortable.
What you’ll need
- A changing mat or towel
- Alcohol-free baby wipes / warm water and cotton wool
- A bag or bucket for dirty nappies
- Barrier cream
- A clean nappy
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 your baby at all times, and never turn your back or walk away.
Younger babies are generally more cooperative when it comes to changing nappies, so you may need to introduce toys or mobiles for older babies to keep them distracted.
Changing the nappy
You should always change your baby’s nappy as soon as they’ve done a poo, though some babies can be left a little longer if they’ve just wet themselves, though it depends how sensitive their skin is.
Use the nappy to initially clean up your baby’s bottom, then follow up with the wipes or the cotton wool and warm water.
Clean 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.
Nappy changing is a great opportunity to talk to your baby, and make faces and funny noises to keep them entertained, as well as reassuring them that the mess they’ve made is a good thing!
Don’t forget to thoroughly wash your hands after you’ve finished.
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.
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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.