How to change a disposable nappy

You should change your baby’s nappy as soon as you realise he has a poo. How often you change your little ones wee filled nappy is dependant upon the quality of the nappy and sensitivity of your newborns skin. As a minimum I would recommend before every feed (if feeding every 3-4 hours), and of course as much as required in between feeds, particularly if the nappy looks heavy.

Get organised

Organisation is key. If you have everything in one easy to access place, the whole process will be much quicker and much more military like (I’m talking efficiency – not dropping bombs). You will need:

  • A good supply of nappies
  • Some cotton wall balls and a bowl (to be filled with warm water) or some wet wipes.
  • A changing mat or an old towel
  • Some barrier cream
  • Some spare clothes (particularly in the early days).
  • Some nappy bags
  • A small clean towel (to dry your baby’s bum)
  • Step by step guide

  • Place the changing mat on the floor and gather all the above equipment within arms reach
  • Place your baby on the changing mat and remove the bottom half of his clothes
  • Place your baby’s feet next to each other and gently lift them up with one hand.
  • If your baby has a poo, wipe as much as you can with a clean part of the nappy.
  • Remove the dirty nappy from under him and place out of reach of your baby (hands and feet)
  • Wipe your baby clean with wipes or damp cotton wool; for girls wipe from front to back so you don’t spread germs to her vagina (I prefer to call it her minnie. For boys wipe around his penis (again, willy is my preferred choice of words ) and around his testicles. There is no need to pull the foreskin back
  • Now place the clean nappy under his bum so the flaps with the sticky bits on are under his back but easy to get to.
  • Once he/she is completely clean, dab the bottom area dry if needed and apply a barrier cream. This is to prevent nappy rash
  • Fold the nappy up to his tummy and fasten the sticky tabs on both sides. If your newborn still has an umbilical cord, fold the nappy underneath this.
  • Dress your baby and give him big cuddles.
  • It is recommended you empty poo down the toilet, you should never put a nappy down the toilet, this would be an expensive mistake. Just put it in a nappy bag and throw it in the outside bin!
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