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How to change a nappy

You're not going to shirk your duty are you? It's not as difficult as you think, nor as unpleasant. And you get to store up a load of stories that you can trot out in twenty years time to embarrass your offspring in front of the new boyfriend/girlfriend. Ha!

Where do we do it then?

Sort out a regular changing place that's a comfortable height for you where you can also store all the essentials - a spare table top maybe, or a large chest of drawers in the baby's bedroom is perfect.

  • Be careful if it's narrow and off the ground - never leave Baby unattended.
  • Lots of people use the floor for changing, but be careful - it's a short-cut to a big backache.

Get the changing place organised. You'll need:

  • stack of fresh nappies
  • wet wipes or a bowl for warm water and some cotton wool
  • tissues
  • fresh baby clothes
  • nappy rash cream
  • something to dump the used nappies in

Here we go

Are your hands clean? Seriously. You're going to change a messy nappy, yes - but you can still harm Baby's sensitive bits if you have dirty hands.

  1. Undo the bottom half of baby's clothing and move it well out of the way.
  2. Undo the dirty nappy. Hold it in place for a moment - babies often have a pee when the cold air strikes their bits.
  3. Hold the baby by the ankles, lift bottom and use the old nappy to wipe away the worst of any poo and wee.
  4. Dump the old nappy..
  5. Wipe the whole area covered by the nappy, using either warm water and cotton wool or wet wipes.
    • For girls - always wipe from front to back to help prevent infection (think about it!)
    • For boys - never ever pull back his foreskin. It takes months for it to separate from the rest of his penis.
    • 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 helpprevent nappy rash and make revenge of the baby at 3am less likely. 8. Cream is next, if needed. It's soothing and helps prevent nappy rash and infections. Again - gently!
    • If you can leave the nappy off for a little while, let baby have a kick-about to help keep that little bottom free of nappy rash.
    • Lift the bottom off the mat - again by the 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 towelling nappy, you'll also need to put waterproof knickers on (the baby, not you).
    • Dress Baby. A big kiss and a big hug.
    • Wash your hands and have a cup of tea.

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