Helpful advice on changing a newborns nappy.
1. How many nappies will my newborn need?
Newborns need their nappy changed regularly. Buying them in bulk would be more cost-effective because you are going to be using quite a few a day. It is best to stock up, so you don’t find yourself without a nappy at the most inconvenient time.
2. Should I use reusables or disposables?
It is ultimately your choice. Disposables are a lot more convenient. However, they do produce a lot of waste. Eco-disposables cost a lot more but are better for the environment. Reusable cloth nappies are cheaper in the long run, but it is a long process. It does, however, mean you are not contributing to landfill.
3. Do newborns need special nappies?
Not necessarily as newborn nappies are soft on babies skin, all you need to do is change them regularly to prevent baby’s getting sore skin.
4. What changing equipment do I need to buy?
You will need a high quality changing mat to last you a few years. Also, a bag to carry all the nappy bits around with you on your daily travels. You can also buy portable roll-up changing mats for when you are out.
5. What nappy changing extras will I need?
You are likely to need, wipes, cotton wool, a bowl for the water to clean them, nappy bags, nappies, cream and a changing bag. For cloth nappies, you will need wraps and liners.
6. How will I know when my baby needs changing?
Always change them as soon as they’ve done a poo and before or after a feed. Always check them every couple of hours to see if they’re wet because you don’t want them to be uncomfortable.
7. How do I change my baby’s nappy?
You need to make sure your baby is safe on the mat. You take the nappy off and wipe the baby until they are clean. You then put the nappy under their bum with the tabs at the back. You pull the front up and cross the sides over to stick the tabs to the front of the nappy.
8. How can I help to prevent nappy rash?
The best thing to do is change them whenever they have done a wee or poo. Also, put cream on after to act as a barrier. It is also best to use cotton wool and water in the first few months as it’s softer for your baby.
9. What should my baby’s poo look like?
Usually its greenish-black and quite tough. If your baby is breastfed, it might be yellow or green and mushy.
10. What if my baby doesn’t like having her nappy changed?
Sometimes your baby will actually enjoy it as it is making them more comfortable and they like to have an air. If they don’t, just do it as quickly as you can and give them a cuddle afterwards.