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New Dad’s Guide: Nappy Changing

Let’s face it. When it comes to new dads and nappy changing time, it’s either you are on one end of the scale (No problem, can change that nappy anytime, bring it on!) OR the other end (No way, can’t be done, wild horses couldn’t get me to do it!). This guide is for the daddies of the latter side.

Well, we hope you weren’t thinking of conveniently disappearing from the scene whenever your baby needs a nappy change. After all, changing a diaper isn’t as complicated or gross as they make it out to be at the movies. So lighten up Daddy, and let’s see how we can help you get the hang of this.

Step 1: Assign a nappy changing area

  • If there isn’t one already, determine a regular nappy changing place that’s a comfortable height for you to carry out your honorable duties. Make sure you have all the essentials ready for use and easily reachable. If you have a baby changing table to work on, even better!
  • Be aware about the height of this changing place – never leave your baby unattended.
  • Try to avoid changing a nappy on the floor – It’s a shortcut to backaches, if not now, then in the future.

Step 2: Make sure the following are on standby

  • Fresh nappy
  • Baby wipes and/or a bowl for warm water and some cotton wool
  • Fresh baby clothes (if baby has soiled his/hers)
  • Clean towel
  • Nappy rash cream/ointment
  • A dirty nappy container

Let the work begin

First and foremost, wash your hands. Yes, we know that you’re about to embark in a pretty messy endeavor, but do take note that this endeavor includes the handling of your baby’s delicate and sensitive bits, and you do need a clean pair of hands to do the job well.

… and now for the following:

  • Undo and remove the bottom half of your baby’s clothing. Move it out of the way so that little hands won’t grab it and fling it at you while you’re at the job.
  • Undo the dirty nappy but hold it in place for a moment – babies have a reputation of peeing just as you’re about to remove a nappy – it’s a universal mystery yet to be solved.
  • Gently hold up your baby’s legs by the ankles and lift that little poo-bottom up. By now you can use the old nappy to wipe away any remaining poo still lingering around baby’s bottom.

Dispose of the soiled nappy.

Reminder: Make sure your nappy-dumping pail is close by and do not leave baby unattended!

  • Wipe the whole nappy area using either cotton wool dipped in warm water or baby wipes.
  • For girls – always wipe from front to back to help prevent infection (ask baby’s mom to explain!)
  • For boys – never ever pull back his foreskin. It takes months for it to separate from the rest of his penis.
  • Gently pat dry the area (don’t rub) with a clean towel.
  • Next, apply some nappy rash cream onto the area. Use the cream according to the instructions on the container or tube.
  • If possible, leave baby nappy-less for a bit and let him or her kick free for a few minutes. Fresh air is always good for baby’s skin.
  • To put on a fresh nappy, lift baby’s bottom off the mat, by the ankles again – and slide a clean nappy underneath.
  • Pull the front of the nappy up between the legs and secure it firmly but not too tight. You should be able to slide a finger easily around the inside of the waistband.
  • Dress your baby and……. You did it!

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