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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.

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