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 your baby down on a changing mat. If your baby grizzles, sing a song or offer a toy. If you’re using a change table, always keep your hands on your baby to avoid falls.
Undress your baby’s bottom half and undo the nappy. Have a spare cloth handy in case your baby wees. Use the front of the nappy to wipe off poo. Fold the nappy tightly to stop spills.
Cleaning your baby’s bottom and putting on a clean nappy
Lift your baby’s bottom and gently clean with wipes, a damp washcloth or damp cotton wool. Always wipe front to back. Put on nappy cream if needed.
Cloth nappies: hold your baby’s legs up and put a clean nappy beneath your baby’s bottom. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for fitting the nappy. Don’t cover a newborn’s belly button.
Disposable nappies: hold your baby’s legs up and put a clean nappy beneath your baby’s bottom. Fold the front flap up, tuck it around your baby’s waist and attach the tabs. Don’t cover a newborn’s belly button.
After a nappy change: safety and washing
Never leave a baby unattended on a change table. Babies can roll off in seconds.
Once your baby is clean and dressed, put them somewhere safe, like in a bouncer or cot or on the floor. Then get rid of the dirty nappy and wash your hands.
You need to change cloth nappies often. It’s useful to have a clean set ready to use while the dirty nappies are in the wash.