There are 2 main choices when it comes to nappies – disposables or washables.
There are pros and cons to both, but there’s no doubt washable nappies are kinder to the environment. Whichever you choose, make sure you always wash your hands and dispose of or wash nappies properly.
There’s a wide choice of disposable nappies and there are options to suit most budgets. It’s worth trying a few to see what suits you and your baby. The most expensive aren’t always the best.
Throw away dirty nappies carefully. You can:
Store nappy sacks well out of reach – babies can suffocate or choke on them
If you choose to use washable nappies you can:
Many councils have schemes to support the use of reusable nappies.
All you really need to change your baby’s nappy is a changing mat or clean towel. You can change your baby on the floor.
Some parents like to use a changing station which means you can stand up when you’re changing them. If you use one, never leave your baby alone on it in case they roll and fall.
To change your baby’s nappy:
Talk to your baby at each step and tell them what you’re doing so they can pick up the routine.
Nappy rash is quite common in babies. The symptoms are redness or soreness on and around your baby’s bottom and genitals.
You can help prevent it by:
It can also help to leave them without a nappy for a short time.
Only use a nappy cream if your baby’s skin is red or sore. Put a small amount on and rub it in well.
If the rash doesn’t seem to get any better or you’re worried, speak to your midwife, health visitor, family nurse or pharmacist.
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3 November 2023