Nappies are a necessity in your baby’s life, but they also create a warm, moist environment for bacteria to grow. In addition friction between the skin and nappy can cause chaffing and will lead to nappy rash.
Therefore its highly important to have regular nappy changes as it prevents the build-up of moisture and bacteria. Newborns will poo several times a day and wee every 1 – 3 hours. This means changing their nappy up to about 12 times a day, so if you’re using disposables, you’ll need about a dozen a day.
Choose a good-quality changing mat, as it needs to see you through more than two years of nappy changing, so pick a durable one. You will also need a portable mat that you can use when you’re out and about. Gillitots’ will be launching their range of travel changing mats this year, which rolls up and ties and is easy to slip into any bag. These will work perfectly with our waterproof nappy bags, which seals with Velcro to neutralise bad smells and prevent any leakage.
Always keep one hand on your baby at all times, never leave your baby unattended while he/she’s on a changing mat.
Use baby wipes or warm soapy water to clean baby’s bum. Remember when wiping, to wipe front to back to prevent the spread of bacteria in the genital area. Important to rinse and dry thoroughly in all the folds of the skin.
USEFUL TIP: Use cotton wool and baby oil to soften and remove stubborn dried dirt.
After cleaning apply a barrier cream like baby petroleum jelly . This will protect the skin from wetness and chaffing. Disposable nappies reduce moisture build up as it draws the moisture away from baby’s skin. This keeps them drier and less prone to nappy rash. Nappy rash is caused by urine and faeces and can be treated by a applying a nappy rash cream or paste after every change. It also helps to leave the nappy off when possible to allow the fresh air to help heal the rash. If it doesn’t go away in a few days then consult your clinic or doctor.
Nappy changing can be a pleasurable experience for you and your baby. Hang a mobile over the changing area to distract them, but keep it well out of her reach. You can also give them a toy to play with. Talk and sing to your baby or even explain what you’re doing. The trick is the tone of your voice, if you stay calm this will help to soothe her.
Once it’s all done and your baby is cleaned up and dressed, pick them up and have a hug and a kiss. It’s important to always end it on a happy note.
Take care of you and your baby