Best Practice In Nappy Changing

Having safe and hygienic nappy changing practices will ensure babies are happy and healthy. There are many ways that parents change nappies, and with that in mind, how can you promote positive nappy changing in your household?

These days, parents have a wealth of hygiene products and accessories at their disposal when carrying out nappy changes. Such products make life easier for parents and aim to keep babies calm and relaxed.

The reason why parents do nappy changes will always remain the same; it’s the way they get done that is different. Here is some practical advice on how to change a nappy that will make the experience for you more straightforward and efficient.

Which way is the right way?

All parents will gently lay their babies down on a flat surface such as a changing table or mat to facilitate the task. But after that is when things differ. So, which way is the right way?

The Raising Children Network Australia website recommends using wipes, a damp washcloth or damp cotton wool to clean your baby’s bottom. Their site also suggests using nappy cream before putting on a new nappy.

In the United States, the American Association of Pediatrics suggests using disposable wipes to clean a baby’s bottom and genitals. It's guidance also recommends using any ‘necessary’ nappy creams before fitting a new nappy to the baby.

From the above examples, the main difference is down to the things parents use to wipe down their babies. Both countries’ official advice is to use baby wipes, although the Australian advice also gives alternatives such as cloths or damp cotton wool.

Looking after your baby’s skin

Nappy rash is a common skin complaint found in babies that is caused by various reasons. Examples include soiled nappies (dry urine and faeces on the skin) and baby wipes with irritants in the ingredients such as alcohol.

You can look after your baby’s skin by using a gentle soap and water solution when cleaning them. Next, air dry or gently pat down your baby’s skin, and then use a barrier cream. Following those crucial steps will reduce nappy rash.

The importance of hygiene

It’s crucial to maintain high levels of hygiene for both your baby and yourself. During each nappy change, you should ensure that your baby’s bottom and genitals are clean, dry, and free of any debris to reduce nappy rash and the risk of infections.

Similarly, after changing your baby’s nappy, you should thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water. Human faeces contain germs and bacteria that can quickly spread and cause gastrointestinal infections and diarrhoea.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends washing your hands with soap and water for 20 to 30 seconds.

Did you know that you can use one solution for both cleaning your baby and washing your hands? Baby Bum Shower enables parents to have an accessible source of water and soap in a compact form.