Your new bub will need approximately 5000 nappy changes from the time they are born to the time they’re toilet trained, so it’s important to get change time right. Mums share their best tips for making it easy – and even fun – when it comes to changing your bub’s nappy.
Make a noise
“Make lots of silly noises - moo like a cow, blow raspberries, sing in a funny voice, oink like a pig. Anything to keep their mind off the job at hand - and who knows, they may just join in!” - Suzanne Murphy, mum of Olivia, 2 and owner of www.babybutler.com.au
Distract your baby
“Older babies or toddlers get restless at change time, so keep a small box of toys under your change table which you can use to keep them occupied while you attend to the task at hand! If you’re out and about and don’t have toys, they’ll often be happy to hold a spare nappy or tub of cream.” – Jane Lawless, mum to Frankie, 19 months.
“If you live in a double-story house try to have a change area on both floors so you’re not running up and down stairs to change a nappy.” – Jessie Brookes, mum to Lee, 4.
Keep it simple
“If you have had a caesarean section adapt your change table to be on a lounge area so you don’t have to lift baby up high to use the change table for the first couple of months anyway.” - Meredith Marshall of www.makeuwell.com.au and mum of 7 (almost 8).
Storage is essential
“Buy a change table that has shelves underneath so you can store everything you need there, like wipes, nappies, bottom creams and nappy bags. You’ll have everything you need within arm’s reach, just make sure you place your hand on your baby’s tummy to keep them secure while you rummage around for what you need.” – Kate Floyd, mum to Ashley, 5 and Finn, 3.
“Something which worked a treat for me was a product called the baby change picket. It straps across the change table and has fun items on it your bub can play with, while separating the nappy change area, so you can quickly get on with the job.” - Laila Fernandez (www.innovationandyou.com.au), mum to Ryell, 16 months.
“Try to let your baby have some nappy-free time every day. After a shower or bath is usually a good time. Just lie them down gently on the change table with a towel underneath and let them kick about and get some fresh air on their bottoms. Babies love this and it means they will associate change time with doing something enjoyable too.” - Sarah Warren, mum to Theresa, 22 months.
Distraction always helps
“Changing a baby can be stressful at times, they don't always enjoy having their clothes taken off. I have found that having things on the wall near your change table is a great distraction for your baby. I have reusable animal stickers placed on the wall next to the change table. My son loves looking at them and recently he has been trying to sound out the name of the animal. It provides much entertainment and before you know it, you have changed your baby and both mum and baby are happy." – Michelle (http://mummaknowsbest.wordpress.com/), mum to Jonathan, 14 months.
Experiment when you can
“Don’t be afraid to experiment with different nappy brands, wipes and creams if your baby seems uncomfortable with what you’re using. Don’t just use something because it’s what everyone else buys, all babies are different in what they like and what suits their skin.” - Kate Floyd, mum to Ashley, 5 and Finn, 3.
Boys will be boys...
“If you have a little boy, beware the projectile wee! You can pop a little cloth or muslin over bub while you’re in the process of doing the nappy change to avoid getting sprayed.” – Amy Doyle, mum to Frank, 5.
This article was written for Birth by Nicola Conville
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Last revised: Tuesday, 18 December 2012
This article contains general information only and is not intended to replace advice from a qualified health professional.