Nappy Changing Tips for New Mums and Dads!

Nappy Changing Tips for New Mums and Dads!

Nappy Changing Tips for New Mums and Dads!

When you become a parent, you develop a whole new set of skills in record-breaking time – and knowing how to change a nappy is one of them! It’s a pretty intimidating job for a new parent, but don’t worry. You’ll be handling nappy changes with ease in no time at all, especially if you follow our tips.

How often do nappies need changing?

Typically, your bub will need a new nappy 7-8 times a day. The best time to change their nappy depends on your little one and tends to either be before or after a feed. Some babies won’t feed if they have a full nappy, while others tend to fill their nappy right after a feed, so it means working with your bub’s preferences.

Of course, if you notice the nappy is soiled at any time of the day, then a change is due. This is because bubs have very sensitive skin, and the moisture and contents of their waste cause dryness and irritation, leading to skin conditions like a nappy rash or even infection.

Step #1 – Prep like a pro

The first step (as with almost anything to do with babies) is to prepare properly. Don’t worry, all this will become automatic in time!

Start by washing your hands with soap and warm water for about 20 seconds, and rinsing them off well. Then, arrange the changing table with the products, new nappy, and anything else you need. Place a towel on the changing table as accidents can happen and this makes any mess so much easier to clean up.

Step #2 – First stage of the clean-up process

Open the nappy and wipe away as much waste as you can with the non-soiled side of the nappy. If you have a little boy, it’s a good idea to place a clean cotton facecloth over his front so he doesn’t accidentally wee on you!

Lift your bub gently by holding both ankles in one hand, folding the nappy in half with the clean side up and pulling it out from under their bottom. If it is a disposable nappy, roll it up and seal it with the tabs, and place it in a sealed bag. If it is a cloth nappy, roll it up and place it to the side, well out of bub’s reach!

Step #3 – Second stage of the clean-up process

Using a soft wet cloth with a gentle and organic baby wash, start wiping from the cleanest area to the dirtiest so that you don’t spread any waste. For little girls, start by wiping from the middle of the genitals towards the buttocks. For little boys, wipe around the genitals well and the buttocks last. This will help prevent any infections. Lastly, wipe with a clean damp cloth to remove any residue of the wash.

Step #4 – Drying

Dry your little one completely as any trapped moisture can cause irritation. The best technique is to pat your bub dry rather than wiping them, as this helps prevent chafing. Don’t forget to go between any skin folds. If it’s possible, try to let your little one air dry as much as they can, especially around their bottom, as this is the gentlest method and helps prevent nappy chafing.

Step #5 – New nappy time

Apply a gentle, natural moisturiser that is alcohol and fragrance-free. This will help prevent dryness and chafing.

Hold your bub’s ankles as you did to remove the old nappy, and slide the new one under your little one’s buttocks. Fasten it without making it too tight (you should be able to easily slip a finger inside the waistband. After dressing your baby, clean your station thoroughly with a hygienic, natural, and chemical-free sanitiser to make sure it’s ready for the next change. Then, clean your hands well.

KidsBliss is a premium supplier of natural and organic baby care products, including washes, moisturisers, and toy and changing table sanitisers. We’re passionate about providing effective yet gentle care for sensitive skin – naturally.

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