If you are new to nappy changing, it may seem like a scary task but with a little practice, you will get used to changing your baby’s nappy in no time. Here are some useful tips and things to consider for making the job a whole lot easier.
Babies go through a lot of nappies, especially with a newborn, you are looking at around ten nappy changes per day in the beginning.
To help you decide on which type of nappy to go for, weigh up the pros and cons for each. It’s a matter of personal choice whichever sort of nappies you decide to buy for your baby.
While traditional cloth or towel nappies are reusable and said to be eco-friendly, disposable nappies are really convenient and will save you a lot of time.
Although disposable nappies may seem to cost more and produce a lot of waste which will take years to break down, washing lots of towel nappies at high temperatures with detergents is not exactly great for the environment or your energy bills either.
If you choose disposables, in the beginning you will probably go through 10 to 12 a day! Cut the costs by buying nappies in bulk and look out for promotions and baby events at the supermarket. Don’t buy too many of one size though as your little one isn’t always going to stay that little! If using reusable nappies, then keep a good stock of about 15 to 20 and that’s for daily washing. You will need to buy more if you don’t want to wash them everyday.
You will be using your changing mat on a daily basis for about two years, perhaps longer if you use it for more than one child, so go for one that you are happy with that will last long. Putting a small towel or towel nappy onto the mat will add an extra layer of comfort for your baby, especially if the mat is cold, and it’s also great for soaking up any unexpected wee (or worse) during changing time!
Before you open your baby’s nappy and unleash whatever has been done in there, keep all your bits and bobs that you are going to need ready to hand. These will include a fresh nappy, a nappy sack which you have already opened, a few wipes or cotton wool balls taken out of the packet (and some warm water if you are using the latter) as well as your barrier cream or baby powder, whichever you choose to use. This makes things a lot easier so you don’t have to rummage around looking for things half way through changing a dirty nappy, or even worse leave your baby’s side. Never leave a baby unattended on a changing table or raised surface like a bed. Even if you turn your back on the baby or bend down to pick something up, you never know when your little one is about to roll over for the first time.
Washing your hands after every nappy change is essential to prevent spreading germs. Failing to do this increases the risk of illness for both you, your baby and for everyone else around you who you my be preparing food for etc. Keep a hand sanitiser for when you have to change a nappy outside and you can’t get to a sink.
It is also a good idea to keep some antibacterial wipes to clean your changing mat or wash the towel that you keep on there regularly.
Remember to close dirty nappies back up by securing them with the sticky tabs and use nappy sacks to dispose of them, especially if it’s a number two. If you are using towelling nappies, then keep them in a nappy bin or bucket with a lid until they are to be washed.
Changing your baby’s nappy straight after he or she has pooped will help to keep nappy rash at bay. Even some babies will show their displeasure at having a wet nappy so try to change before or after each feed to keep your little one clean and content.
So you don’t have to run upstairs every time you need to do a quick nappy change, make less work for yourself by keeping a basket or bag of all your nappy change essentials handy downstairs.
As soon as you spot a flare up of nappy rash, apply a barrier cream such as Sudocrem to keep it under control. For more severe cases of nappy rash, use something stronger like Metanium Nappy Rash Ointment which should clear it up in no time.
A changing bag for carrying everything you need for your baby when you are out and about is great idea as they come with compartments for keeping bottles upright and a thin changing mat that can be rolled up or folded and stored in the bag, which is important for when travelling. Choose one that is spacious as you will be carrying everything from nappies and wipes to bottles and baby food. Go for a design which appeals to you and consider a bag with sections in it as you may want to keep your own things in there such as your phone, keys and purse instead of having to carry a separate handbag.
While you’re busy during the clean up process and figuring out which press stud fastens where, chances are that your little one will be staring right at you. Talking to your baby and singing to them during changing time is a great way to communicate and bond in the day, whereas during nappy changes throughout the night, you might want to keep the lights low and talking to a minimum so that your baby will go quickly back off to sleep.