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How often should I change a nappy?

Babies, particularly new-born’s need their nappies changed quite frequently. Take a quick look at our table below, here you’ll see how many nappies (approx) your littlun will go through within the age brackets verified*. We know, we thought of everything!

Your baby’s nappy should be changed immediately after doing a ‘number 2’ – want to know why? If it isn’t dealt with quickly, your child could develop a nappy rash that will make their sensitive skin irritated. Plus, everyone (including your baby) would prefer to smell as fresh as a daisy, so the quicker a dirty nappy is changed, the better for all!

Nappy changes by day
0 – 3 months 10 - 12
3 – 6 months 8 - 9
6 - 12 months 8
12 - 18 months 6 – 8
18 - 24 months 5 - 6
24 months plus* 2 - 4

*NOTE: After 24 months the number of nappy changes will be dependent on how far potty training has developed. This can vary significantly every day for several months.

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How to change a nappy

The thought of changing a nappy for the first time can feel daunting. Although after a few rounds, you’ll feel like a pro, and will probably be able to do it with both eyes shut! You’ll soon fall into a routine that works best for you and baby… But one of the most important factors is that your baby can’t roll and hurt themselves during the process. Some of the safest places to change your little one is on a changing table*, the floor or bed.

*Please remember to never leave your baby alone if they are on a changing table.

#DidYouKnow that babies love to hear your voice, so to keep the #NappyChanging process smooth, chat to them calmly or gently sing them their favourite song. This way, they’ll be changed in no time!

Need a few extra tips when it comes to what you’ll need (and more!) keep scrolling…

What you need…

Having the right stuff to hand can make changing your baby much easier. We'd recommend: A changing mat or towel, unscented wipes, disposable nappy bag, a few fresh nappies, clean clothes in case of any leaks, barrier cream if required.

The ‘how-to’ on changing baby:

Start by washing your hands thoroughly or use hand sanitiser if you can’t get to a sink! Gently unfasten the nappy tabs at the front and peek inside. In the early days you will need to keep a tally of wet and dirty nappies to ensure your baby is getting enough fluid through their system. You can do this easily by keeping a diary, especially if you’re still suffering from the infamous Baby Brain!

If baby has done a wee, you can simply remove the nappy. However, if you’re dealing with poo you can use the nappy to clean away most of the mess before putting it safely into a disposable nappy bag or bin. NOTE: Never leave this within baby’s reach; their little hands get everywhere!

For both wet and dirty changes, always use wipes to clean your baby’s skin thoroughly. Keep in mind to use gentle strokes, as the folds of the skin can become sore if not cleaned and dried properly.

Don’t forget that having a boy or girl will mean you wipe differently… If changing a girl, ensure you wipe from front to back to avoid germs getting into the vagina. With a boy, thoroughly clean around the penis and testicle area but do not pull back the foreskin. It will be fused to the tip of the penis and cannot be pulled back.

Top Tip for New Parents: Baby boys have a habit of weeing when you take off their nappy and your face or their own face may be in the firing line! Before you take it off, loosen it a bit and wipe your baby’s lower tummy with a nice, cold baby wipe and wait a few moments. Let the cold air hit him or her, and then swiftly hold the nappy back down for a few seconds if ‘number 1’ begins.

Plus, if your baby seems warm and happy enough, let them lie on the mat or towel without a nappy on for a short while, allowing them to dry properly. This can help prevent nappy rash too. Remember to never leave them alone during the changing process

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What should I do next?

Well, if you’re not already composting your Mama Bamboo nappies, here's how you can dispose of them. You can tear off the side tapes and frontal panel and place the compostable nappy into a compostable nappy bag or directly into your nappy bin. The side tapes and frontal tape need to go in with the normal black bin waste. Don’t forget, our wipes can also go into your compostable nappy bags.

Once you’re ready, slide a fresh open nappy under their bottom and fold it across their tummy, so it sits just over tummy button at the front. If you’re dealing with a new born, fold the top of the nappy over so that it isn’t covering the umbilical cord stump.

The nappy sticky tabs (found on either side) should come comfortably around the tummy and sit within the white space on the frontal tape. If they completely cover the Mama Bamboo logo, it is likely that the nappy is too big. Equally if they barely stick on the white tape, it is likely that the nappy is too small. Keep your eyes peeled, as you wouldn’t want any unnecessary leaks throughout the day or night!

Once baba is fresh and redressed, make sure they are placed in a safe place whilst you do a quick tidy up and finish by washing your hand thoroughly.

What is nappy rash and how do I manage it?

Babies can develop nappy rash at any stage in the first couple of years, especially because their skin is thin and super sensitive. Whilst wearing nappies, their skin can come into contact with wee and poo and other associated bacteria, these being the main cause of nappy rash.

Some nappies are made using plastics and restrict air flow around the bottom area. This combined with the heat from wearing plastics can create a perfect breeding ground for bacteria, increasing the chances of nappy rash. Other causes can be diahorrea, antibiotics, friction from the nappy, not changing the nappy often enough, allergies to certain products including, detergents or chemicals found in the nappies or wipes being used.

What does it look like?

Nappy rash is normally found around the area where a nappy is worn. The skin will become red, often hot to touch, inflamed and sometimes spotty. If the rash persists blisters can develop making it very sore for your little one.

Controlling #NappyRash: Mama Bamboo Style

Bamboo nappies are made from the softest, breathable bamboo, chlorine-free wood pulp & compostable liners. There will be no heat trapping, bacteria encouraging plastic layer wrapped around your baby's bottom either!

Our nappies are free from chlorine, alcohol, latex, and PVC. The 100% bamboo layers which lay against your baby's skin are naturally antibacterial, temperature regulating and breathable – making for complete cosiness 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Not to mention, our wipes are made using 99.4% purified water – they’re also alcohol and fragrance free. These factors help to control or eradicate nappy rash at the source.