Becoming a new parent can be an exciting and overwhelming experience. But with a little knowledge and practical advice, you can put your mind at ease and feel ready to care for your newborn.

The basics of nappy changing

Nappy changing can take a little practice to master. To help you on your way we have put together a little guide to help you get started.

Firstly, it is important to have all the supplies you’ll need within reach before you begin and to have a safe, washable changing area.

What supplies do I need?

  •   Washable changing mat
  •  A clean nappy
  •  Wet wipes or cotton wool
  •  A nappy bag to dispose of dirty nappy
  •  A change of clothes in case of little accidents

How do I change my baby’s nappy?

  • Open your baby’s clothes and pull them up so they don’t get soiled
  • Undo the nappy and use the front of the nappy to clean excess poo
  • Dispose of nappy to the side in a nappy bag
  • Holding your baby’s ankles, gentle lift your baby’s bottom and remove the dirty nappy
  • Using wet cotton wool or wet wipe, clean your baby’s bottom and front
  • If required, apply nappy rash cream or barrier cream
  • Hold your baby’s ankles together and lift their legs so that you can slide a clean nappy underneath their bottom
  • Making sure the sticky tabs are at the back, fold the front piece through their legs and seal using sticky tabs
  • Dress your baby and give them a little cuddle before discarding of the nappy bag.

The importance of winding your baby

What is wind?

Wind is air that your baby has swallowed during a feed. Winding is an important part of feeding your baby, as they need help to bring up trapped wind. Wind that is not brought up may cause your baby to become unsettled and show signs of discomfort.

How can I tell if my baby is windy?

Father At Home With Sleeping Newborn Baby Daughter

Some babies need winding during a feed while some babies are happy to gulp the whole bottle and then wind. You might notice your baby refuses to suckle anymore and cries or looks a bit pained, especially if you try to lie them down afterwards.

How should I wind my baby?

The most common position for winding is to place your baby over your shoulder while supporting their bottom with an arm. Use the other arm to rub or pat their back. Another position, usually recommended by healthcare professionals, is to sit your baby on your lap in an upright position. Support your baby’s chin with one hand and rub or gently pat your baby’s back with the other.

If you have any further questions about the best way to wind your baby or just need a bit more advice, please contact our Careline.

Bathing your baby

Bathing your baby can be the perfect time for you and your baby to relax and spend some special time together. It is quite normal to feel nervous about bathing your baby for the first time.

Make sure the room is warm and the water temperature is about 38°C

First things first, when you bathe your baby, it is important to keep them warm so that they don’t lose too much body heat. It is a good idea to make sure the room is warm and the water temperature is about 38°C. We’ve got plenty of helpful tips below to help you feel more at ease.

What supplies do I need?

  • A plastic baby bath
  • A baby sponge
  • Cotton wool
  • Soft towel
  • Nappy
  • Clothes

How do I bathe my baby?

  • When lifting your baby in and out of the bath always use two hands
  • Gently place your baby in the baby bath.  Use one arm to gently support your baby’s back, head and neck, and use the other hand to clean your baby.
  • Using cotton wool, wash around your baby’s eyes, nose, cheeks and mouth. Don’t forget to clean under your baby’s chin and behind the ears.
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  • Take great care when cleaning around the umbilical in order to prevent infection
  • Gently, using a sponge wash your baby’s arm, legs and tummy. Making sure to get in between skin creases.
  • Wash the nappy area last. If you have a baby girl be sure to clean front to back.
  • Lifting your baby with two hands from the bath, place your baby on the changing area and pat them dry, paying special attention to the skin creases in their neck, arms and legs.

If you have any worries or you need any extra advice about bathing your baby, call and speak to one of our careline advisors