Is it the time to get into this big task of changing baby’s nappy? Well then you need to know few basic before you start. Nappies are produced in a variety of types, styles and sizes, but the basic choice is still between disposable and toweling nappies. Then are different newborn diapers. Ideally, you should decide which type of nappy you are going to use for nappy change before your baby arrives. You will need to take in to account a number of factors : your life style, the amount of time and money you have available, and the type of washing and drying facilities you will be using.
What you need for nappy changing
Before you change your baby’s nappy, wash your hands and get everything you need in one place, including:
– a changing mat or towel
– cotton wool and a bowl of warm water or fragrance and alcohol-free baby wipes
– clean nappy and liner and cover if you’re using cloth nappies
– a plastic bag or bucket for the dirty nappy and dirty cotton wool or wipes
– barrier cream to protect your baby’s skin
– clean clothes
Where to change a nappy
Make sure that the room where you are changing the nappy for your new baby is warm and free from draughts. Lay your baby on a folded towel or changing mat, placed on the floor, a table, or on the bed, making sure that a wriggling infant cannot roll off if you are changing on the raised surface.
The best place to change a nappy is on a changing mat or towel on the floor, particularly if you have more than one baby. If you’re using a changing table, keep an eye on your baby at all times. You shouldn’t rely on the straps to keep your baby secure. Never walk away or turn your back.
Older babies may try to wriggle away when you’re changing them. You could give them a toy or use a mobile to distract them.
Changing a nappy
Always prefer to fully clean the baby irrespective of whether they pooed or just peed.
If your baby’s nappy is dirty, use the nappy to clean off most of the poo from your baby’s bottom. Then use the cotton wool and plain warm water (or baby wipes) to remove the rest and get your baby really clean.
Clean the whole nappy area gently but thoroughly and make sure you clean inside the folds of skin. Girls should be cleaned from front to back to avoid getting germs into their vagina. Boys should be cleaned around the testicles (balls) and penis, but there’s no need to pull back their foreskin.
If it’s warm enough, let your baby lie on the changing mat without a nappy on for a while. Wearing a nappy all the time makes nappy rash more likely.
If you’re using disposable nappies, take care not to get water or cream on the sticky tabs as they won’t stick if you do. If you’re using cloth nappies, put in a nappy liner and then fasten the nappy. Adjust it to fit snugly round the waist and legs.
Chat to your baby while you’re changing them. Pulling faces, smiling and laughing with your baby will help you bond and help their development.
Try not to show any disgust at what’s in their nappy. You don’t want your baby to learn that doing a poo is something unpleasant or negative.
Disposable nappies can be rolled up and resealed, using the tabs. Put them in a plastic bag kept only for nappies, then tie it up and put it in an outside bin.
Washable cloth nappies don’t have to be soaked before they’re washed, but you may choose to soak them to help get the stains off. Check the washing instructions first. Cloth nappies can be machine washed at 60C, or you could use a local nappy laundry service.
There’s no evidence that using washing powders with enzymes (bio powders) or fabric conditioners will irritate your baby’s skin.
Wash nappies that are dirty with poo separately from your other washing. You’ll probably have enough nappies to make up a full load anyway.
To avoid infection, wash your hands after changing a nappy before you do anything else. If your baby is old enough, they can wash their hands with you as it’s a good habit to get into.
Types of Poo
Which ever type you choose, the technique required to change are the same. And yes, this would be a bad experience initially. You should change your kid whenever he is wet or dirty. The number of changes may vary from day to day, but generally you will have to change your baby first thing in the morning, after each feed, after a bath, and before bed at night. Get everything you need together before you start so that there is no reason to leave the baby unattended while you are in the process of nappy change.
Remove the soiled nappy and clean your baby’s bottom thoroughly, wipe away any solid matter with a clean corner of the used nappy, or with a damp tissue or cotton wool soaked in warm water. A wipe or some lotion can be used to finish cleaning the area. Once you have dried your baby’s bottom, apply a small amount of a specially formulated barrier cream to protect the skin. Then put on a clean nappy.
You may find the nappy of your new baby stained dark pink or even red. This is because the urine of newborns contains substances called urates. You newborns immature bladder cannot hold urine for long so he may urinate as frequently as 20 times in every 24 hours. This will gradually lessen.
Your baby’s first stool will be a blackish-green color because the meconium from your amniotic fluid is working its way out of his system. Once feeding begins, the stool will change to greenish brown and then to yellowish brown color. The number of stool passed varies from case to case, but breast feeding babies pass fewer stools than bottle fed babies.
Nappy change can be made easier by selecting the type of nappy. Disposable nappies are more convenient than toweling nappies. They are quick on easy to put on and remove and they don’t require washing. Their disadvantage is that they are more expensive than the toweling nappies and are cumbersome to dispose of. Most end up being wrapped and put in the dustbin.
Disposable work by allowing moisture to soak through the top sheet into a absorbent filling, which is protected on the outside by a water proof backing. They are available in variety of shape and size. They need to be checked frequently because many of them are so good at keeping your baby dry that you forget to do the nappy change for them.
Nappy change is one of those things that people who are not yet parents have a hard time imagining. It’s not just the mystery of how you can hold on to a squirming baby while wrapping a piece of cloth or plastic covered paper around his bottom and pinning or taping it on. It’s the idea that, several times a day, you can count on covering your hands with substances that you would probably rather not even think about.
If you are a new parent, you will probably be surprised at how readily you will overcome any initial squeamishness especially when it comes to nappy change. And believe it or not, sometimes it can even be fun. While some babies simply despise the whole process, many take delight in moving their legs freely and feeling the cool air on their bottoms.
Babies are often wide awake during nappy change and in a social mood. While you are wiping up, it’s easy to tickle your Baby’s tummy, “bicycle” his legs or play patty cake.
Like baths, Nappy change are a great time to talk with your baby. A natural thing to talk about while you are changing is your kid’s body like arms, legs, tummy, toes, and also bottom and penis or vulva. Using the correct words for your Baby’s sexual parts makes sense, even though it is still many months until he starts talking.
Parents of older children often fret about how to talk about sensitive subjects, such as where babies come from and later about love and sex. It’s so much easier if relaxed conversation about the body is simply a natural part of what you do as a family, right from the beginning.
If you are about to become a parent, make sure you are aware that nappy change is one of the most crucial part of baby care. Try to accustom yourself with it right from the start and prepare your mind for it. Keeping a maid to do it would deprive you and baby the beautiful moments you spend with each other, particularly during the nappy change.
Check out the below video on how to do the Nappy change –