Some Practical Tips For Changing Nappies
- Be prepared: Keep your nappy changing supplies in a designated area, so you always know where to find them. You can also consider setting up a nappy changing station with a changing pad, wipes, and nappies.
- Distract your baby: Keep a few toys or a mobile near the changing area to help distract your baby during nappy changes. You can also sing a song or play peek-a-boo with their feet to keep them entertained. Take a look at the Grow with Me box for toys and books that are perfectly adapted for your baby’s stage and age of development.
- Use cream sparingly: Nappy rash is common, but it can usually be prevented with regular nappy changes and proper cleaning alone. If your baby does develop a rash, use cream sparingly to avoid clogging their pores.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help: Changing nappies can be challenging, especially if you’re a first-time parent with an extra wriggly baby. Don’t be afraid to ask your partner or a trusted caregiver for help.
- Celebrate: Remember to always high five yourself and your baby (after washing your hands), and reward yourself with a nice cup of coffee if you can find the time!
Common Challenges And How To Overcome Them
- Blowouts: Blowouts happen when your baby’s poop escapes the confines of their nappy and gets all over their clothes. Ah, the dreaded blowout. It’s like your baby’s way of saying (almost always accompanied with a smug smile..) “Hey, I don’t like this nappy. Take it off.” To prevent this, make sure the nappy is snug around the legs and waist, and maybe invest in some cute, but functional, nappy covers.
- Squirming: As your baby becomes more mobile, nappy changes can become a full-blown wrestling match. But don’t worry, you can still win this match. Try distracting them with a funny face or silly sound, or recruit a family member to lend a hand (or face).
- Peeing during nappy changes: Boys, in particular, have a knack for peeing mid-change. It’s like their little way of saying, “I’m still in charge here.” To prevent this, you can try quickly placing a cloth or another diaper over their fountain of joy, or just accept that sometimes, you’re going to get a little (or a lot) of pee on you.
Remember, no matter how challenging nappy duty may seem, you’re not alone. Every parent has been through it and come out (mostly) unscathed.
How Do I Deal With Nappy Rash?
- Keep it clean and dry: Change your baby’s diaper frequently and use wipes or a damp cloth to clean the area thoroughly. And for the love of all things holy, make sure you dry that tushy properly. You don’t want a soggy bottom on your hands.
- Cream it up: Apply a thin layer of nappy cream to protect and soothe your baby’s skin. Think of it as a spa day for their bum. Look for creams with zinc oxide or petroleum jelly, which can create a barrier against moisture and keep your baby’s skin looking fabulous.
- Free the cheeks: Give your baby some diaper-free time each day to air out their skin and reduce the risk of rash. It’s like a nude beach, but for babies. And let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a little bit of freedom?
- Consult with your paediatrician: If your baby’s rash is throwing a rager and refusing to leave, lasts for more than a few days, or is accompanied by other symptoms like fever or vomiting – consult with your paediatrician for additional advice.
Have a look at more information on nappy rash here on the NHS site: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/baby/caring-for-a-newborn/nappy-rash/
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