Nappy Change
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Tips from Mustela

 

Your baby’s diaper needs to be changed up to 7 or 8 times a day. An infant’s very delicate little bottom can easily become irritated from dampness, contact with urine and stools, or friction from diapers.

 

As a result, special care is needed each time you change your baby’s diaper. Get our tips for effectively cleaning your baby's nappy area.

- Prepare everything you’ll need in advance on the changing table: nappies, cotton pads, cleansing product, nappies cream, etc.

- Change your child’s nappies as soon as it is damp or with each bowel movement, preferably a little after meals. Newborns need to be changed more frequently, since they urinate and produce stools more often than older infants.

- Choose nappies that are appropriate to your child’s size: if the nappy is too small, it can create irritating friction and will not provide adequate protection from leaks.

- When you’re ready to change the nappy, place your baby on a clean bath towel. Open the nappy, then wipe the baby’s bottom with the front part of the nappy.

Fold the nappy and dispose - Clean your baby’s bottom with a no-rinse cleansing fluid, a cleansing lotion or thick diaper wipes. If you prefer, you can also use a cleansing gel or emollient soap, and rinse with water.

- Clean from top to bottom, from the cleanest areas to the dirtiest, so as not to spread impurities elsewhere. For a baby girl, clean from the vulva (the outer folds of the lips and then the middle) towards the buttocks.

For a baby boy, clean the penis, the scrotum and surrounding area, and then the buttocks.

Thoroughly dry the folds in the skin to prevent any maceration, or if possible, let the skin air dry.

- Open the clean nappy and place your baby right in the center, so that the tabs are level with the navel. If you have a baby boy, be sure his penis is properly positioned downwards before closing the nappy, to prevent leaks.

- Don’t wait until your baby’s bottom is red before taking care of it! Each time you change a nappy, apply a protective cream or a talc that contains zinc oxide as prevention.

- In case of diaper rash, leave your baby’s bottom exposed to the air as much as possible and use a suitable skin care product. For further information, read our article about diaper rash.

- Finally, never leave the changing table at any time during this process: a fall can happen very quickly!