Changing a nappy: getting started
Before changing a nappy, make sure you have everything you need, like a clean nappy, baby cream, baby wipes or washcloths, nappy liners and water.
Lay baby down on a changing mat. If baby grizzles, sing a song or offer a toy. If you’re using a change table, always keep your hands on baby to avoid falls.
Cleaning baby’s bottom and putting on a clean nappy
Lift baby’s bottom and gently clean with wipes, a damp washcloth or damp cotton wool. Always wipe front to back. Put on nappy cream.
Cloth nappies: hold baby’s legs up and put a clean nappy beneath baby’s bottom. Follow manufacturer instructions for fitting the nappy. Don’t cover newborn belly buttons.
After a nappy change: safety and washing
Never leave a baby unattended on a change table. Babies can roll off in seconds.
Once baby is clean and dressed, put baby somewhere safe, like in a bouncer or cot or on the floor. Then get rid of the dirty nappy and wash your hands.