No new parents know how to change a nappy at first. It can feel very intimidating! But when your baby gets into a regular feeding routine, you’ll be nursing your little one between 10-15 times a day. And more feeds mean more nappy changes, so you’ll be able to get lots of practice in!
What You Need to Change a Nappy
It’s no good knowing how to change a nappy without having the right equipment! Before you begin, make sure to have:
- Clean nappy
- Baby changing mat
- Baby wipes
- Cotton wool
- Nappy rash cream
- Nappy sacks
- Change of clothes
How to Change a Nappy
1) First, make sure you’ve washed your hands thoroughly. Babies are very sensitive to germs, so make sure your hands are clean before a nappy change.
2) Next, lie your little one down on their baby changing mat. Some parents decide to just use a towel, but they’re not really absorbent enough – you might end up with wee on the carpet. Baby changing mats are also wipe-clean, so you don’t have to keep washing them over and over. You won’t have time to wash up to 15 towels a day (or even own that many to begin with), so a changing mat is best.
If you’re looking to cut the cost of having a baby, don’t bother with a changing table or unit. You’ll probably find you’ll change your baby’s nappy in all areas of the home and won’t be able to get to the table in time. Also, the NHS advises the best place to change your little one is on the floor, so they have no chance of falling.
3) Gently lift your baby’s bottom off the changing mat and undo the tabs of the dirty nappy. You can hold your little one by the ankles to lift them up. Remove the nappy carefully, using the cleaner front part to wipe away most of the poo. If you have a baby boy, it’s a good idea to cover him with a cloth in case he wees on you (it does happen).
10) All done! Dress your baby in clean clothes, dispose of the filled nappy sack and wash your hands again. Now you know exactly how to change a nappy!
If your baby’s on the way and you don’t have all the right equipment, don’t worry! BabaBing! has a great selection of compact, wipe-clean and well-padded baby changing mats. We also offer a stylish range of travel baby changing mat packs, which have extra pockets for wipes and at least five nappies. Just fold them up neatly in your bag and you’re ready to go!