Close Close
Mother and Baby

Nappies: everything you need to know!

There's no avoiding it, nappies are a mucky business but there are ways to take the mess and stress out of changing. Let the experts show you how in our 3-minute video...

Kathryn Blundell, Mother&Baby editor says: When you’re thinking about nappies, there are two main types for you to be thinking about. There’s the disposable nappies which you get out the packet, use on your baby and chuck when they’re dirty. And then there are the reusable ones, the cloth nappies. Now these have quite a big initial expense but actually work out cheaper over a couple of years, which is how long a baby will be in nappies. And you can always mix nappies to suit your lifestyle.

Nicola Joseph, Health Visitor says: With nappy changing, you always need to make sure you’ve washed your hands and always have everything you need at the time so that you never have to leave your baby on their own.

Mum 1 says: "I like to have everything to hand nearby, because madam will roll over. Sometimes I will even change her on the floor now. I always keep the nappy underneath because sometimes she will like to do a little wee."

Mum 2: "When I change her, I always put my fingers in between her feet to keep her ankles together so when I lift her it’s comfortable for her and for me, as well."

Nicola says: So, take off the dirty nappy and if you have to clean the nappy area, do that with some cotton wool and cool boiled water. You can use wipes, but if you’re at home it’s always better to used cotton wool and cool boiled water.

Mum 3 says: "I only tend to use the wipes when we go out, but when we’re at home I just tend to use the cotton wool."

Nicola says: With mums, remember that you clean from front to back and with boys just clean around the penis area and the bottom area as well.

Mum 1 says: "So, I’ve got the nappy bag here and it all goes straight in. Nicola: Now if you’re feeling really brave you can leave baby to air dry on their own, but if not you can just use some cotton wool to dry off the water. Then put on the new clean nappy."

Mum 2 says: "I pull the tapes over, quite tightly, not too tight, but tight enough so the nappy stays in position."

Nicola says: Disposing of your nappy, you can either put your disposable ones in a perfumed nappy bag and put them in the bin or with your cloth nappies you can take away the liners and throw them away and then you may have to put your cloth ones in the wash. And also, just to remember, if you have a really young baby, sometimes they may still have part of their umbilical cord attached. So, if you find that the nappy is rubbing on that area, just turn the nappy down so it gives that area time to heal.

Katie, Cow & Gate Midwife says: So, whenever you’re changing baby, especially if you’re using a changing table or changing baby up off the floor, it’s always important to make sure you never leave baby unattended. Because no matter how young your baby is, you’ll be surprised how quickly they can roll over on you.

Related content:


No comments have been made yet.

Chinese Gender predictor
Chinese Gender Predictor

Is it a boy or a girl? Tell our tool the month you concieved and how old you are and find out! 

Nappy rash is painful for parents as well as for your baby
Nappy rash is painful for parents as well as for your baby

Read Dr Pixie's guide to learn how to deal with nappy rash

The Magic Sleepsuit
The secret to a quiet night’s sleep – The Magic Sleepsuit

If you’re little one is struggling to settle now they’ve outgrown the swaddling stage, this could be the answer to your sleep-deprived prayers!

Celebrating parenting's small wins
Celebrating parenting's small wins

As mums, we're constantly told to enjoy every moment; in reality, parenting can sometimes be challenging. That's where small wins come in...

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!

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. 

Lemonade Money
It’s time to make sure your loved ones are protected

Every parent knows the importance of planning ahead; from the new school shoes, to your little one’s education, you want to fill their future with hopes and dreams. Yet are you one of the 80% of adults here in the UK that has no life cover?