Changing Your Baby’s Nappy
Changing your baby’s nappy is an important skill you’ll get the hang of after the first few days with your baby, since you’ll change their nappy very frequently. Below is a simple guide to help you learn how to change your baby.
- Getting Ready
You can change your baby on a changing table or on any surface covered with a changing mat or towel. It's important to have all the supplies you'll need within reach before you begin, this includes:
- A clean nappy
- Baby wipes or cotton wool and water
- A plastic bag for the soiled nappy
- Nappy cream
- A change of clothes for your baby.
Remember never to leave your baby alone on a changing table or surface, even for an instant.
- Steps for Changing Your Baby’s Nappy
Lay your baby on a flat, soft and secure surface.
Undo the nappy. If using a nappy with adhesive tabs, fold these back on themselves so that they don´t stick to your baby.
Using wipes or cotton ball dampened with water, clean the genital area by wiping from front to back.
Place a clean nappy under your baby and pat your baby´s skin dry with a clean cloth. It’s a good idea to apply a thin layer of nappy cream to protect your baby’s bottom from the causes of nappy rash.
Secure the clean nappy by fastening the nappy from the back to the front panel. It should be snug, but not tight.
Finally, place your baby in a secure place so you can dispose of the dirty nappy and wash your own hands.
Nappy Changing Tips
Never leave your baby alone on a changing table or surface, even for an instant
First-time parents are often surprised by how many nappies they go through in a day — always have plenty available
Before and after changing baby’s nappy, be sure to wash your hands