Changing your baby’s nappy

Your baby will need to have their nappy changed quite frequently as most babies have very delicate skin. If their nappy isn’t changed regularly it can cause their skin to become sore and red.

When changing your baby’s nappy, it can help to get everything ready and close to hand before you start.  This will make the process much easier and cleaner! This is what you’ll need:

  • a changing mat or towel
  • cotton wool and a bowl of warm water, or fragrance and alcohol-free baby wipes
  • a plastic bag or bucket for the dirty nappy and dirty cotton wool or wipes
  • a clean nappy (and liner and cover if you're using cloth nappies)
  • clean clothes

The safest place to change your baby is on a changing mat on the floor, particularly if you have more than one baby!  This will help to prevent your baby from falling if you take your eye off them for a moment.  If you do have a changing table, keep an eye on them at all times. Don’t just rely on straps raised edges to keep your baby in place as, when they get a little older, they may try and wriggle away while you’re trying to change them. Try giving them a toy or have a mobile to help distract them.

Why not see if there’s anything you didn’t know before in our quiz?

True or false! Click to reveal!

True!

Changing their nappy regularly helps to prevent soreness and nappy rash

True!

Using cotton wool and water or water wipes can make sure your baby’s bottom is really clean, without using harsh chemicals on their skin.

False!

Clean the whole nappy area gently but thoroughly, making sure that inside the folds of skin are clean and dry before putting on a clean nappy.

False!

Girls should be cleaned from front to back to avoid getting germs into their vagina. Boys should be cleaned around the testicles and penis, but there's no need to pull back their foreskin.

True!

Wearing a nappy all the time makes nappy rash more likely so giving them a little time without a nappy can help. A little tip: lay your baby on a towel in case they wee, and if you have a boy have a tissue ready to cover his willy!

False!

Nappy changing is a great time for a chat with your baby. Pulling faces, smiling and laughing with your baby will help you bond and help their development. For more ideas on how to bond with your baby visit our bonding with your baby page.