Close Close
Mother and Baby

How To Change Reusable Nappies

If you want to give reusable nappies a go, here’s your step-by-step guide for changing your little one’s reusable nappy so you’ll be a pro in no time.

Before you start putting the reusable nappy on your baby, have everything you need to hand.  First, place a changing mat or towel on the floor or make sure your changing table is clean and tidy.  ‘Make sure the room is not too cold for your baby who will after all be naked bottom half down for a little time,’ says antenatal instructor Louisa van den Bergh, founder of LuluBaby. ‘It can be helpful to have two changing stations – one upstairs and one downstairs to save you go up and down the stairs too frequently.’

Be prepared
Wash your hands and dry them thoroughly, or clean them with hand gel or a baby wipe, if that's easier.

Where to put your baby
Put your baby’s bottom on the back third of the reusable nappy to, make sure you’ll have enough fabric at the front – you don't want the fabric to irritate the umbilical cord stump.  Newborn nappies and covers have a snap- or fold-down front to prevent rubbing.

Create a seal
When you're ready to close it up make sure the edge of the nappy gusset is sitting right in the crease of the leg creating a seal – think about where you're own underwear sits, in the crease where your leg meets your body. Make sure that the part of the nappy between your baby's legs is spread as wide as seems comfortable – too much bunching in that area can cause chafing and discomfort for your little one.

Pull it up
Now pull the reusable nappy up nice and high, maximizing the rise.  Especially for boys, it's important to make sure there is enough coverage in front.

Fix it right
Gently secure nappy with built-in velcro around the back or tabs.  There is no need to stretch or over-engage the Velcro – it should be snug enough to stay up but certainly not so tight that it pinches. 

Clean up
You'll either reuse the cover your baby was wearing before or replace it with a clean one – put any excess poo from the reusable liner in the toilet or flush away if it’s a flushable liner.  Then put the dirty nappy and soiled cover in a nappy bucker or wet bag, before soaking in nappy detergent.

Related content:


No comments have been made yet.

Subscribe to Mother&Baby!

Be the best mum you can be and let Mother & Baby guide you along the way. Each issue is jam packed with REAL advice from mums just like you. Subscribe today & get a free welcome gift!

Win £1,000 of Carpetright vouchers
Win £1,000-worth of Carpetright vouchers!

Create a fantasy world on your floor with your baby for your chance to win £1,000-worth of Carpetright vouchers!

Win an Abeille cellular blanket from Hippychick
Win an Abeille cellular blanket from Hippychick

Abeille Cellular Blankets, available fromHippychick, are delectably soft, made from 100% cotton and now available in six super-stylish colours. Click for your chance to win!

Win a year’s supply of Blueiron liquid iron supplement
Win a year’s supply of Blueiron liquid iron supplement

Blueiron is Scandinavia’s fastest-growing liquid iron supplement and has already helped thousands of women low in iron during pregnancy, breastfeeding and those with intense fitness regimes. Click for your chance to win!

Win a bumper box of Kiddylicious Super Snacks
Win a bumper box of Kiddylicious Super Snacks

Made from quinoa, lentils and chickpeas, and packed with vegetable protein, Kiddylicious Super Snacks help to keep your little ones whizzing about. Click for your chance to win!

Ovulation Calculator
Ovulation calculator

Trying for a baby? Work out when you're most fertile to increase your chances of getting pregnant with our easy-to-use ovulation calculator.

Pregnant woman
Due Date Calculator

When is your baby due? If you’re having trouble remembering dates and counting up the days on your fingers and toes, don’t worry – use our due date calculator.

Get M&B in your inbox!

Sign up to Mother&Baby today and get news and advice about your body and your baby straight to your inbox every week.