How to change a nappy – step-by-step guide

Here's how to change a disposable nappy. You'll find it easy after a bit of practice

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You might feel all fingers and thumbs changing a disposable nappy for the first few times, but follow this easy guide and you’ll be an expert in no time.

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Step 1

Place your baby on his changing mat and unfasten the nappy tabs, folding them back on themselves so they’re out of the way.

Step 2

Lift his bottom off the table and either take the dirty nappy away or fold it in half under him, unsoiled side up. Wipe your baby’s front with warm water and cotton wool (or a wet wipe), then lift his legs up so you’re holding his ankles with one hand. This might make for an unflattering angle, but it allows you to gently wipe your baby’s bottom.

Step 3

Grab a clean nappy and place the half with the tabs under your baby’s rear. Pull up the top half of the nappy, trying not to bunch the material, and fasten using the tabs. It needs to be snug to stay put, but don’t make it so tight it pinches. Tab up the dirty nappy and put it in a bag to be thrown away, and hey presto – you’ve one clean, comfy baby! 

Mum’s story

“Sing!”

“Zac’s always been a wriggly baby at changing time, I find singing to him distracts him and keeps him still. I’m sure he is simply dumbfounded by how bad my voice is!”

Sarah, mum to Georgia 3 and Zac 11 months

Shopping

If you’re spoilt for choice and don’t know where to begin, make the most of our disposable nappy buyer’s guide. Plus, to make sure you’re ahead of the game, we have top facts on disposable nappies that’ll help you get started.

Reusable nappies

Once you’ve mastered the art of disposable nappies you might fancy trying reusable nappies. If you’re wondering which reusable nappy you should choose read our handy guides to all the different types, including pocket re-usable nappiesshaped re-usable nappiespre-fold reusable nappies and all-in-one reusable nappies.

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If the thought of a reusable nappy worries you or you’re keen to know more, check out our reusable nappy facts as well as our reusable nappy buyer’s guide. In addition, get an instant comparison with our resuable nappies vs disposables nappy-off.

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