By Raising Children Network
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Getting ready to change the nappy

Make sure you have everything close and ready; talk or sing to keep baby calm; wipe bottom using the dirty nappy.
  • Always check your baby’s nappy, and change a dirty nappy straight away. Before you change a nappy, make sure you have everything close and ready. This includes a clean nappy, baby wipes or a wash cloth and some water.

  • Lie the baby down, ready to change. Talk, sing and give the baby a toy to keep him calm.

  • Undo the nappy. Use the front of the nappy to wipe off any poo. Fold the nappy into a tight ball.


Cleaning bottom and putting on nappy

Wipe the bottom clean; lift the hips to get underneath the bottom; the nappy flaps go at the front.
  • Gently clean the baby’s bottom using baby wipes or a damp wash cloth.

  • Gently lift the baby by his ankles to wipe the back of the baby’s bottom. Wiping girls front to back will help stop infections.

  • Get a clean nappy, lift the baby, and put the nappy under. Make sure the flaps go towards the front. Stick down each flap.


Cleaning up and nappy rash

Put the dirty nappy in the bin; wash your hands before and after changing a nappy; change a dirty nappy straightaway to avoid nappy rash.
  • Make sure you put the dirty nappy in the bin straight away.

  • Wash your hands before changing the nappy and after getting rid of the nappy.

  • Sometimes the baby can get a rash from nappies (nappy rash). That’s why it is important to change a dirty nappy straight away. If the baby gets nappy rash, see the health centre.

  • Last updated or reviewed 04-12-2013
  • Acknowledgements This resource was developed in collaboration with the Katherine West Health Board and the Aboriginal Reference Group of the Healthy Young Families Project.