Your baby will need a lot of nappy changes of the next few years. Here are some simple steps to help make changetime easier.
Changing a nappy will become easier with practise. If using cloth, the changing may take a little longer to master. There are many ways to fold a nappy. You may be shown one method or another by your caregiver or the hospital midwives.
Irrespective of how you fold a cloth nappy, it is important that the nappy goes on fairly firmly (but not so it prevents your child from breathing!) and does its job to catch everything!
How to change your baby's nappy
Have everything you need ready before you start changing. Set up your clean disposable, or fold your cloth nappy and place the liner on (if using these).
During the first week (when the cord clamp is on and the umbilical cord stump is separating), it is better to fold cloth nappies underneath the baby's navel. Disposables will usually sit comfortably over this area without worrying your baby.
Place your baby on their back and undress their lower body. If the room temperature is cool, make sure you keep their chest covered. (You may wish to place a folded cloth, or plastic change mat underneath them if changing in the cot or on your bed).