Changing nappies is one of those inevitable and necessary tasks you get to enjoy when you become a parent. Luckily we’re here to guide you through your nappy and changing essentials, so you can get changing your baby down to a fine art.
First up, let’s talk nappies…
What’s the difference between disposable & reusable nappies?
Babies use around 6 to 12 nappies per day in the first few months of their lives, so choosing the best type of nappy for you is essential. There are two main types of nappy to choose from: disposable – the type you throw away after one use – and reusable nappies, also called eco nappies. On the plus side, reusable nappies are cheaper and more eco-friendly. But on the downside, you do have to wash them.
However, despite the task of washing after use, reusable nappies are proving a popular choice with parents thanks to the lower environmental impact they offer. Reusable nappies can even be kept and used for your second little bundle of joy – if one happens to come along! Some reusable nappies have separate sections to take off and wash, which cuts down on the amount of washing and drying you have to do. These all-in-one nappies come in a variety of fun colours and patterns too.
Should I buy a changing table? What’s the best type?
Along with a changing mat, a changing table will soon become your best friend when it comes to whisking off dirty nappies and popping on new ones. Not only will a sturdy changing table save you from a sore back and knees, it’s also great to have one place to store all your baby changing essentials. You can pop a changing mat on top of the table for optimum comfort and – importantly! – a wipeable surface. We love this raspberry coloured matt from By Carla.
This wood-effect changing table from East Coast would fit in beautifully to any nursery, or you could opt for a changing table with handy built-in storage like this colourful one from Cosatto. Remember that your changing essentials such as nappies and wipes should be well within your reach, so you don’t have to take your eyes off your little one.
If you don’t have space for a changing table – worry not! A cot bed top changer makes a fantastic alternative.
How can I keep my baby safe when changing them?
While most changing tables come with high sides so your baby can’t simply roll off, you can never be too careful. Falls from changing tables are a common cause of injuries in young children, so it’s important never to leave your baby unsupervised on a changing table, even for a moment.
It’s also important to think about how you store your changing supplies. While they should be within your reach, they shouldn’t be able to be reached by your baby, particularly nappies and plastic bags.
Changing your baby can be a challenge at first, but over time it becomes a breeze.