Like many things when you become a new parent, the first nappy change (what with little arms and legs everywhere) may seem like a scary task! Don't panic, it's not as daunting as it may seem and it'll soon become second nature to you!
- Nappies - Picking the right one for your newborn
There are many different styles, types and brand of nappy to choose from nowadays. The first decision you'll need to make is choosing the right kind of nappy to suit your lifestyle.
Disposable nappies are really handy and convenient, however, if you're eco-conscious then you may want to consider cloth nappies or eco-disposable nappies (they use few or no chemical gels and break down much quicker). Try out our new Reusable Cotton Terry Cloth Nappies if you're unsure, they start at only £9.99!
When changing your newborn you need to make sure that the nappies you use allow your baby's umbilical cord stump to be uncovered (it can be really uncomfortable for them otherwise). You'll need to use newborn nappies (with a little notch cut out of the top) for the first few weeks minimum!
- Stock up in advance
Whether you use cloth or disposable nappies, you'll be changing nappies for around two and a half years up to 12 times a day (when they're newborn), so it's well worth stocking up in advance and taking advantage of any sales or deals you can get! You'll need lots of different sizes as they grow so don't stock up too much in one size.
- Choose a changing mat
Durability is the most important feature of any changing mat. Clair de Lune changing mattresses are all made in Great Britain from luxury fabrics and feature a towelling top layer (with a waterproof backing of course!) so they're easily removable for washing (or can even through the whole thing in the washing machine). The benefit of a fabric changing mat is that it's much more comfortable for your baby, there's no cold, harsh plastic in the middle of the night, and it remains practical for you!
The unique Roly Poly Travel & Change Mat® rolls up and tucks into the slipcover on the reverse to hold it together. There's also a loop handle for any emergency changes that require a quick grab and go. As your baby grows you can also use it as a support pillow as they learn to sit unaided and as a feeding pillow when rolled up.
4. Pick your accessories
Things to keep handy in your changing bag and beside your changing station are:
- Cloth wipes, cotton wool, washcloths or disposable wipes (to clean your baby's bottom)
- Nappy bags for used nappies
- Barrier cream to help prevent nappy rash
- Regular like clockwork
Your baby will need a nappy change before or after every feed. Change your little one's nappy often and check every couple of hours for any dampness.
- Learn the basics
Set up your changing station - whether this is on a changing table or on the floor, gather everything you need from the list above and let's begin!
Keep one hand on your baby at all times so they don't wriggle off (never leave your baby unattended).
- Guard against nappy rash
The main cause of nappy rash is due to wetness (from the natural bodily functions that happen inside a nappy) so the best defence is a dry bottom! To help protect against irritation:
- Change our baby's nappy regularly and as soon as possible
- Clean their bottom and genitals thoroughly and make sure your baby is clean and dry before putting on a new nappy
- Apply a thin layer of barrier cream after each change
- Let your babies bottom breathe and allow them to have some time each day without a nappy on
- Your baby's poo will change in colour & consistency as they grow
The first big shock for new parents is the contents of the first nappy, it's normal to open it up and find a number 2 of a greenish-black colour that's more oil-like in consistency. Usually, when your baby is 2 to 4 days old , their poo will become lighter in colour and less like engine oil!
There are also small differences in the contents of your baby's nappy that are dependent on whether your baby is breastfed or formula-fed. If your little one is breastfed then their poo is usually yellow or slightly green and will have a "mushy" consistency. If your baby is formula-fed you can expect a more brown-coloured poo.
Make it fun for your baby!
As you'll be doing this multiple times a day, make it more interesting for you and fun for your baby. Try a sing-song or hang a mobile if you don't like your singing voice, always try and supply a toy to your baby and if you have a changing table, pop it in the window and give yourself a view (keeping note that you'd like to protect your little one's modesty!)
We hope this helps you in your first steps into parenthood and nappy changing!