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Tips for changing your baby's nappies

Useful information on what you will need to change you baby's nappies, tips on changing a nappy and things to bear in mind.
Tips for changing your baby's nappy

Before you begin, gather a few supplies. Make sure you have everything you are likely to need within reach.:
  • A nappy
  • A changing mat on the floor, or a cloth nappy to place under your baby or a changing station or table.
  • Fasteners (if you are using reusable nappies)

  • A container of warm water and cotton balls (for newborns or babies with sensitive skin) or a clean washcloth or baby wipes (for older babies or those who aren't sensitive to wipes)

  • Nappy rash cream or petroleum jelly (for rashes)
Choose somewhere warm and safe to change your baby's nappy. Babies should never be left unattended, even for a second. Even a newborn might surprise you with his ability to roll. Changing your baby
  • Either undo the poppers on your baby's sleep suit or vest, or remove the clothes on the lower half of your baby's body. Pull them up so they are out of the way and not likely to get wet or dirty.
  • Undo the nappy and use the nappy to clean off anything remaining on his skin.
  • Remove the nappy, folding it over as you do so, and place it out of reach of your baby. You may wish to have a nappy bag open and ready to pop it in immediately.
  • Wipe your baby's skin using either cotton wool and water or a baby wipe from the front to the back (never wipe from back to front, especially on girls, or you could spread the bacteria that can cause urinary tract infections forward from the rectum). Don't forget the creases in the thighs and bottom.
  • Hold your baby's ankles together and lift his legs so that you can slide a clean nappy underneath his or her bottom. If you are using disposable nappies the back part with the adhesive strips should be about level with your baby's tummy button. Bring the adhesive strips around and fasten snugly. Be careful not to stick the tape onto your baby's skin.
  • Do up the nappy and secure with tabs or pins as needed.
  • Do up your baby's clothes.
Things to bear in mind:
  • If you find any marks around your baby's legs and waist, the nappy is too tight. Go for a looser fit next time.
  • If a rash develops at the nappy's openings around your baby's leg and waist, change the brand of nappy you are using.
  • When putting a nappy on a boy, place the penis in a downward position before fastening the nappy. This will help prevent leaks from creeping up above the waistline, especially useful at night time.
  • Fold down the waistline of the nappy if your baby's umbilical cord has not fallen off yet to keep that area dry.

  • Always wash your hands well after changing your baby's nappy to prevent the spread of germs.

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A trick I used on my Son worked quite well, When he used to wriggle and be awkward while changing him, I would threaten to use the baby wipes out of the fridge, I only had to do it once and he has never struggled again when I have threatened :D Worked a treat!
by LuGrace 5th Jan 2011, 9:25am
I use Metanium,its a yellow cream availible from pharmacist e'g boots.You use a pea size and rub it thinlyuntil the skin shows thru. If its shiny the rash could b infected so c the doctor. What helped the most tho was nappy free time on the bed with a towel for any leaks.
by suzi2 12th Aug 2010, 10:19am
We use earth mama angel baby balm for nappy rash and its magical. Our daughter had a rash in the first few weeks. I used another cream to no effect. The bum balm within 2 days the rash was completely gone. It comes in a little pot and a little goes a long way. Its organic and there are no toxic nasties in it. Has lots of uses other uses.

There aren't a huge amount of uk stockists, though thankfully a few. I purchase mine from Amazon. Or if you know anyone in America, get them to send you some. The whole range is wonderful especially the nipple butter for breast feeding mummies.
by mummygina 11th Aug 2010, 5:21pm
my baby ha a terrible nappy rash have used different creams but it doesnt go away please help. her bum skin is changed to pink
by manany 10th Aug 2009, 9:12am
My daughter is the same, she squeels and riggles and thinks it's a huge so when it comes to her changing my husband refuses to do it because you have to be quick or she riggles right out and runns....nothing so far has helped and i think it is just her personallity shinning through....
by Paddysa 8th Jun 2009, 9:34am
We have twin girls and have pinned up pictures beside their changing station and they enjoy looking at them whilst being changed. Maybe try that?
by Suzee34 26th May 2009, 12:35pm
my 1 year old girl just wont stay still when having her nappie change no matter what myself or my husband does to try and distract her it can be quite sressfull at time especially when she has had a number 2 anyone experience the same or have ant tips.
by sr75 21st May 2008, 8:47am