How do I change a nappy?

Nappy changes are a big part of parenting, particularly in those first weeks when baby can go through double digit changes.

Whether you're using disposable nappies or reusable cloth nappies - it all starts in the same way. The only differences are around the actual fit of the nappy, either way, it becomes second nature in no time at all.

In this blog we will go through the main questions many new parents have when it comes to nappy changing...

How often do I change my baby's nappy?

What do I need to change my baby's nappy?

How do I change a reusable nappy?

How to fit a reusable nappy?

Nappy changing top tips...

First up, how often to change your baby's nappy...

As soon as your baby poo's, they need a nappy change. In between, it is advised to change the nappy frequently so wetness isn't against baby's skin for too long.

Under 1 month - change every couple of hrs + at every night feed

Under 6m - change every 2-3 hrs + during the night when necessary

6m - 1 year - change every 3 hrs + during the night when necessary

1yr or older - change every 3-4hrs (unlikely to need a change at night unless soiled

What do I need to change my baby's nappy?

Before you change your baby's nappy, make sure you having everything to hand that you will need.

  • Nappies - easiest to make sure there's a few to hand

  • Wipes - we recommend using reusable wipes as they are super simple to use, gentle on baby and very effective

  • Cream - if needed

  • Changing table/mat

  • Large wet bag to store your reusable nappies

  • Change of clothes - good idea to have some close to your changing area should you need them

  • Muslin cloths - more on this in our top tips section!

How do I change a reusable nappy?

Make sure you have everything that you need before you start changing your baby.

Lay them down gently on the changing mat.

If baby's nappy is dirty, use the nappy to clean off the bulk of poo from their bum.

Next, use a reusable wipe (damp with water) to remove the rest, ensuring your baby is really clean.