An easy guide to change your baby's nappy the right way!

An easy guide to change your baby's nappy the right way!

Enjoy the nappy changing time by talking and singing to your baby and make this routine enjoyable and pleasant for your baby. Here's how.

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Every parent enjoys taking care of their baby. Amongst all the caregiving aspects, a rather unpleasant one is nappy changing. Though unpleasant, it is an essential part of baby care.

You need to follow a proper routine of changing your baby’s nappy to keep their skin free from infection, rashes and soars.1

Nappy changing is a wonderful opportunity for parents to build up a one-to-one contact with their little ones.2 While you learn to change your baby’s nappy, you should know what is best for your little one in terms of the type of nappy you use.

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Here are a few points to keep in mind:

1.Prepare yourself: Before you begin to change your baby’s nappy, it is important that you keep all the required material ready. For changing nappy, you may need:3

  • Changing mat
  • Warm water
  • Cream or ointment
  • Cotton wool
  • Towel
  • Clean nappy

2. Undo the dirty nappy and gently wipe your baby’s poo with the front of the nappy. You may lift your baby’s legs to clean the poo. Once you remove the stool, you may roll the dirty nappy and keep it aside.3 If changing a nappy on a change table always keep one hand on the baby while changing the nappy to prevent the baby from rolling over and potentially falling.

3. As soon as you clean your baby poo, you may hold your baby’s leg upwards and clean your baby’s bottom with a clean cotton wool. Make sure to dip the cotton wool in lukewarm water.3

4. If it is a baby boy, see to it that you clean the folds between the scrotum and thighs. For baby girls, wipe your baby’s bottom from front to back.3,4

5. Once you clean your baby with water, dry him or her before putting a fresh clean nappy. You may apply a thin barrier cream.3

6. In case you are using disposable nappies, make sure to not get water or any kind of cream on the sticky tabs of the nappy. It may not stick properly and the nappy may not fit your baby right.4 If you are using non-disposable or cloth nappies, you may use a nappy liner and fasten the nappy.4

Continue reading on the next page to know what really causes nappy rashes!

Do not get disgusted with what you see in your baby’s nappy.4 This is important because you do not want your baby to learn that pooping is unpleasant.4

7. If you see nappy rashes, lay him or her on the changing mat. Let your baby play without a nappy for some time so that air gets to your baby’s bottom. Visit a doctor if you still see the little red spots.3

Nappy time is just not about changing nappy. Speak to your little one while you’re changing them. Try pulling faces, smiling and laughing with your baby.4This will help you build a strong bond with them and will help in their development.

Maintain hygiene

Once you remove the dirty nappy, the disposable nappies can be properly rolled and re-sealed and can be disposed in a plastic bag. Keep this bag only for nappies. You can, later on, put this bag outside in the bin after you finish nappy changing.

Non- disposable and washable cloth nappies can be soaked before washing them to get rid of stains. Make sure to use baby detergents or mild detergents to avoid nappy rashes. Wash your hands properly after changing your baby’s nappy before you do anything else. You may even wash your baby’s hands.4

What causes nappy rashes?
diaper rash

Diaper rash can be a common problem with newborns, but you can catch the problem early by trying these five easy home-remedies.

Your baby may get nappy rashes if you follow poor nappy changing methods and if dirty soiled nappy is left for a long time. Rashes may also erupt due to a reaction to baby products.3 Rashes may appear due to the nappy rubbing onto the baby’s skin or by using alcohol-based wipes while cleaning.5

What kind of a nappy should you choose?

There are disposable nappies that are easy to use and do not require washing. These are highly absorbent compared to other non-disposable nappies.3 You need to know that disposable nappies are not actually disposable as you cannot flush them and are more expensive.3 Apart from these, there are non-disposable nappies that are used by many parents.

Apart from these, there are non-disposable nappies that are used by many parents.3 These require pins and clips that can prick or hurt your baby. They need frequent washing and are cheaper than disposable ones. They are less absorbent. You can use a disposable nappy,

You can use a disposable nappy, T-shaped fabric nappy, terry nappy, proper pants, nappy liners and Velcro fastened nappies for your baby depending on your baby’s skin and comfort.3 Nowadays, unisex nappies are available.

Nappies for baby boys generally have more padding in the front and nappies for girls have more padding between their legs. Any kind of nappy will do for your baby provided the nappy fits the baby well.3

When should you change the nappy?

There is no specific time for nappy changing. In fact the more frequently you do the better it is for your baby. As soon as your baby dirties his/her nappy, you need to clean him/her up. Some babies require their nappies to be changed every 2 hours during a day which may come up to 10 nappies a day.3

Enjoy the nappy changing time by talking and singing to your baby and make this routine enjoyable and pleasant for your baby.

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References:
1.Penny Tassoni. Child care and education. Changing baby’s nappies. Ed 2. Volume 2: 80. url:books.google.co.in/books?id=JlOF2ZgPGC4C&pg=PT101&dq=how+to+nappy+change?&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiqh4fVjv_OAhUJPo8KHW-aDpgQ6AEIOjAB#v=onepage&q=how%20to%20nappy%20change%3F&f=false
2.Coralie Mathew. Healthy children: A guide for child. Chapter: hygiene practices and health routines. Ed 2: 149. url:books.google.co.in/books?id=nKVcp3kLsBEC&pg=PA142&dq=how+to+nappy+change?&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiqh4fVjv_OAhUJPo8KHW-aDpgQ6AEIXjAH#v=onepage&q=how%20to%20nappy%20change%3F&f=false
3.Carol Cooper. Baby and child. Chapter: your new baby-nappies.
url:books.google.co.in/books?id=9zcGbEneab8C&pg=PA25&dq=how+to+nappy+change?&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiqh4fVjv_OAhUJPo8KHW-aDpgQ6AEIQDAC#v=onepage&q=how%20to%20nappy%20change%3F&f=false
4.NHS website. How to change your baby’s nappy? www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/nappies.aspx. Accessed 8 September, 2016. NHS Website. Nappy rash. www.nhs.uk/Conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/Pages/Nappy-rash.aspx. Accessed 8 September, 2016
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