1. Prepare

Get things organised before you start:

- Something for baby to lie on. Obviously, the best option is a changing mat, but in emergencies, I’ve used my jumper rather than risk ruining someone’s lovely white satin bedspread! (Seriously! Why do people offer up ridiculous locations for you to change your child? Especially when they have children of their own.)

Wet wipes or some warm water and cotton wool

- Particularly if it’s a dirty nappy, have a small bag close to hand. An open small bag.

- Whichever nappy cream you use. E.g. Coconut oil, Sudocrem, Weleda xx

 

2. Clear the area

Move or remove clothing that’s in the way. I’d highly recommend taking off socks if they’re wearing some, otherwise you’re just asking for trouble. If your baby has a romper on, not only pull it up to their chests, but clip it up there, i.e. do up the poppers on their side so it’s completely out of the way.

If you are facing a poonami situation, don’t forget that most baby clothing has envelope neck openings, i.e. they’re designed to be taken off down their bodies if needed.

 

3. Nappy Put-Down

ALWAYS put the clean nappy under the one you’re changing. It took my other half 12 weeks to heed this advice. And I knew when he’d finally done it as my child wouldn’t reappear in a new outfit after a nappy change!

Babies seem to be programmed to “go” whilst you’re cleaning them up. So be prepared.

 

4. Sneak a Peek

I always undo the tabs and double check what I’m working with, and then put the top of the nappy back in place whilst I grab a fistful of cotton wool. She very often will wee everywhere the second I remove her nappy (I think this may have something to do with suddenly having cold air on their bottoms) and boys in particular are known to wee like a rotating garden sprinkler (you can put a small towel over them to contain this!)

 

5. Hold the ankles

Do not let go if you can help it! Lift their legs up out of the way.

 

6. Wipe!

If it’s a dirty nappy, I first try and wipe the offending bits off with the front of the nappy. As her bottom is lifted it’s usually no longer on the nappy, so I’ll wipe her clean and drop dirty cotton wool into the dirty nappy or straight into the nappy sack. With girls, take extra care to clean their “folds” and with any baby keep an eye on the creases in their super cute pudgy thighs.

 

7. Roll up! Roll up!

When she’s clean, I’ll whisk away the dirty nappy and (as per Step 3) the clean one is already in place underneath. I roll the nappy up, tucking the front of the nappy in and containing everything until it rolls up the back. I then secure it closed with the tabs. A nice little poo parcel! :)

Joking aside, it’s all nicely contained and easier to handle. It also reduces the smell.

 

8. Cream

Dry your baby if needed.

Then it’s time for cream. We use coconut oil. My other half likes eating coconut oil raw – some quasi paleo thing! – and I’m always a little concerned that he may eat her as she smells so delicious.

On the odd occasion she looks a bit red, I’ll also slap on some Sudocrem (you don’t need to rub it in, just smear on) which does the job nicely.

 

9. Do up

Now this is very important. Make sure you pull out the “leg frills” around their legs when you put the new nappy on. You’d be surprised how much difference these make. Whilst not perfect, they go some while to creating a seal around the leg and contain a significant amount of damage when needed. The times I’ve just slapped on a nappy without hooking out the leg frills I’ve always ended up with lots of washing! And when you’re done, pull the nappy up behind them as high as it will comfortably go. <insert Simon Cowell jokes here>

 

10. Redress

And kiss your beautiful baby. (Who can resist!?)

 

Do you have any top tips for efficient nappy changes? Let us know in the comments!