How to change a nappy

Also, if all else fails, think of all the nappy-changing stories you’ll have to embarrass you teenager with at a later stage.

Quick overview on how to change a nappy:

  • Undo the bottom half of baby's clothing and move it well out of the way.
  • Undo the dirty nappy.
  • Dump the old nappy.
  • Wipe the whole area covered by the nappy, using either warm water and cotton wool or wet wipes. Remember to wipe downwards.
  • Pat dry (don't rub) with cotton wool or a tissue. This will help prevent nappy rash; and nappy rash at 2am is revenge on another level.
  • Gently apply that bum cream – this is extra protection against nappy rash.
  • Gently lift the bottom off the change mat by lifting baby's ankles - and slide a clean nappy underneath.
  • The front of the nappy goes between the legs. Fasten it. Not too tight - can you slide a finger easily around the inside of the waistband? If you're using an old-school toweling nappy, you'll also need to put waterproof knickers on (the baby, not you).

Before you get started, there are some things you will need:

  • A changing table that needs to be at elbow height with a washable table or a towel on top of the surface.

The items listed below will need to be in arm’s reach for your convenience:

  • Wet wipes
  • Cotton balls or makeup pads
  • Clean nappy and a clean outfit – because honestly depending on the dirty nappy, you would definitely need an outfit change
  • Bum cream
  • Nappy bag for dirty nappy

Two tips that are vital:

  1. Never leave your baby unattended.
  2. If you do use the floor, be prepared for a backache.

So before you get started, it’s very important to wash your hands. You may be wondering why you need to wash your hands to change a dirty nappy?” Well, you can you can still harm your baby's sensitive bits if you have dirty hands.

Let’s begin…

  • Undo the bottom half of baby's clothing and move it well out of the way.
  • Undo the dirty nappy. Hold it in place for a moment - babies often have a pee when the cold air strikes their bits.
  • Raise the baby's ankle, lift bottom and use the old nappy to wipe away the worst of any poo and wee.
  • Dump the old nappy.
  • Wipe the whole area covered by the nappy, using either warm water and cotton wool or wet wipes. Remember to wipe downwards.
  • For your little princess - always wipe from front to back to help prevent infection (think about it!).
  • For your little prince - never ever pull back his foreskin. It takes months for it to separate from the rest of his penis. However, if he is circumcised, be extra gentle.
  • Don't forget to lift the bottom off the mat to check underneath. Gently!
  • Pat dry (don't rub) with cotton wool or a tissue. This will help prevent nappy rash and nappy rash at 2am is revenge on another level.
  • Gently apply that bum cream – this is extra protection against.
  • Leaving the nappy off for a while will help prevent a nappy rash.
  • Gently lift the bottom off by lifting the baby's ankles - and slide a clean nappy underneath.
  • The front of the nappy goes between the legs. Fasten it. Not too tight - can you slide a finger easily around the inside of the waistband? If you're using an old-school toweling nappy, you'll also need to put waterproof knickers on (the baby, not you).
  • Dress your baby.
  • Now wash your hands, and do a happy dance! You survived your first dirty diaper experience.

Well done, mission accomplished!

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