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.
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, a plastic bag for the soiled nappy, nappy cream, and possibly 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.
- Remove the nappy by lifting the adhesive tabs, and then fold the adhesive strips back onto themselves so that they don't stick to your baby.
- Using a JOHNSON’S® wipe 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 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 adhesive strips from the back of the nappy to the front panel. It should be snug, but not tight.
- Finally, place your baby in a secure place so you can throw away 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
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