Babies & Beyond

How To Change A Nappy

July 1, 2020
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First time parent, or never had experience with babies!? This was me before having Emerson. When I asked people how to change a nappy they would look at me like I was insane. But honestly the thought terrified me. I liked to be prepared.

So here are my top tips on how to change a nappy, mainly for little boys and I’ve never changed a girls nappy. But I will discuss with my friends and family that have baby girls! *This post contains affiliate links, purchasing through them come at no extra cost to you. They just really help me out.

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How To Change A Nappy – The Basics

1. Be prepared – for everything. Fountains of pee, poop explosions as you remove the nappy. But more importantly get your set up right! Clean nappy, wipes, nappy bag & cream. Whatever you need have it ready to hand. Also don’t be like my husband and put everything on his right side when he’s left handed.

2. Clean nappy underneath the dirty one, so when you whip away the used one it’s already there. This will help you avoid faffing with the nappy, especially during the night. *I don’t recommend this if it’s a poop explosion. Those bad boys need space and a clean up crew.

3. Expect poop to end up on your hand, elbow or somewhere just a random. Especially in the early days. Poop doesn’t phase me much anymore, although it does get super gross once they start eating food!

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4. You’re bound to experience a pee fountain unless you’re a pro. It’s just baby pee so you’re okay, it doesn’t smell bad. Still gross being covered in it though.

5. Follow on from 4, avoid the pee fountains by undoing said nappy exposing their “bits” and cover back over. Give it a few and hopefully your babies reaction to wee, is over!

6. Understand changing a toddlers dirty butt is like handling a octopus. Gross, and why do they have so many limbs?! Kicking, punching, ROLLING – even worse if there’s a shit in that nappy! Totally recommend nappy pants once you get to this stage or if your toddler hates nappy changes. Emerson helps us pull them up, and I always ask him where the clean nappy goes. I find involving him in as much as I can helps now he’s older. Getting the wipes out for me – although now he tries to wipe his butt too so that complicates things sometimes.

7. Travel changing mats are great! Especially the ones with the little pockets inside. I rarely take a changing bag, only if we’re going out for an entire day. Just pop a couple nappies and wipes, then we’re good to go!

Items You Need For Successful Nappy Change

Wipes are super important, for you and your babies skin. Sometimes it’s trial and error finding ones best suited for their skin. The new-born stage requires cotton pads and warm water. As Emerson has grown, I am not a fan of super wet wipes. They make it harder to clean up the messy ones quickly. But here are my top items I always use for a successful nappy change.

Portable Changing Mat

Pampers Baby-Dry Nappy Pants Size 4 -Monthly Pack

Pampers Premium Protection Size 1, Pack of 2 (72 x 2)

WaterWipes Baby Wipes Sensitive Newborn Skin, 720 Wipes

Eco by Naty, Ecological Disposal Bags, Pack of 50 pieces, 100% Compostable

Bepanthen Nappy Care Ointment, Barrier Nappy Cream

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Advice From Other Mamas

Okay so the best part about social media is connecting with other mums, everyone has random tips or tricks that you may not have thought of. So I reached out a few to see what they would tell first time parents about changing a nappy.

“Make sure you have everything you need to hand, I always have a nappy opened. Wipes and nappy bag ready too.” – @jadeywoot

“If you are using a pull up, they tear at the sides! I honestly had no clue about this when I started my nursery training. I used to think what the hell do you do when there’s a poo! Also wipe the poop down with the clean front of the nappy before using wipes. Also if it’s a bad one, breathe through your mouth.” – @_n0buddybetterthanabrother

“Make sure you pull the frills out as well to save from poop explosions.” – @hanstaton

I’d love to know your top tips, comment below and hopefully we can all learn some new tricks! Head over to my Instagram, for daily updates on my life, have a nosey! I also have a couple of giveaways lined up, so you won’t want to miss out I promise.

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