Like it or not, there’s no escaping the fact that you are going to have to change your baby’s nappy. A lot. Even with early potty training, you’re looking at at least eighteen months of poos and wees, which equates to over 2,700 changes. Yes, really. Plus it’s one of those tasks that doesn’t seem to get easier with practice.
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They happen to every baby as some point in their life, usually quite unexpectedly (although giving them Weetabix for the first time might be a bit of a clue). The first time it happens, you’re a bit overwhelmed – what do you do with all the mess, and how on earth do you get your baby’s clothes off without making it even worse?!
The good news is that envelope necks on clothes are there for a reason. The extra fabric means that you can pull the vest down over your baby, rather than pulling it off over their head.
There may be some times where the level of devastation means you can not face washing the clothes afterwards. In these cases, cutting the clothes off and chucking them away is acceptable.
Keeping a full change kit in your most used rooms means that you’re always prepared for emergency changes. Make sure you have a couple of nappies, wipes, bags and a mat available; you can always use an old towel or blanket as a mat.
Nappy cream is pretty much essential for most changes, but it does get everywhere and can be difficult to wash off your hands and clothes. Use the little finger of your non-dominant hand to apply the cream, as this way you’re less likely to spread it.
Contrary to popular belief, both boys and girls can have sprinkler wees when you take their nappy off, especially as newborns. Have a flannel or towel to hand to cover them up as soon as you remove their dirty nappy. That should give them enough time to get the wee out and you can move to a safe area!
Switch it up
When your baby works out how to take their own nappy off, there’ll be no stopping them. Try putting it on back to front instead, as it’s much more difficult for them to reach the tapes at the back.
If your baby suffers from nappy rash or does a lot of poos, cleaning them can be quite a delicate operation. Even the gentlest of wipes can cause your baby to be sore, and lead you both to being upset. Keep a small spray bottle of water near your change kit so that you can spritz their bottom after a poo. This should loosen things up enough that wiping is much quicker.
Changing nappies is never going to be a highlight of parenthood, it’s just one of those necessary evils that has to be endured!