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Changing your Baby’s Nappy

It's just as important to clean your baby fully whether they have wet themselves or done a poo.

  • If your baby's nappy is dirty, use the nappy to clean off most of the poo from their bottom.
  • Then use the cotton wool and plain warm water (or baby wipes) to remove the rest and get your baby really clean.
  • Clean the whole nappy area gently but thoroughly and make sure you clean inside the folds of skin.
  • 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.
  • Apply barrier cream around the private area and in creases. This reduces the risk of nappy rash.
  • If it's warm enough, let your baby lie on the changing mat without a nappy on for a while. Wearing a nappy all the time makes nappy rash more likely.
  • If you're using disposable nappies, take care not to get water or cream on the sticky tabs as they won't stick if you do.
  • If you're using cloth nappies, put in a nappy liner and then fasten the nappy. Adjust it to fit snugly round the waist and legs.
  • Talk to your baby while you're changing them. Pulling faces, smiling and laughing with your baby will help you bond and help their development.
  • Try not to show any disgust at what's in their nappy. You don't want your baby to learn that doing a poo is something unpleasant or negative.

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