For nappy and baby changing, the basic items you will need are:
A baby can be changed on any flat surface. A changing table, the floor, or a bed are all suitable places to change a baby. Some parents even change their baby in the car if they are on the go. Change mats and change pads are designed to make changing a baby easier and can be placed on any flat surface.
A changing table is a dedicated space for changing your baby. This can be helpful as it means you always have all the items you need to hand and it can help to keep your baby safe while you are changing them. Some parents find that using a changing table makes nappy changing a more relaxing and enjoyable experience.
Choosing from the different types of nappies will mostly depend on your personal preferences.
No, baby wipesare not the same as antibacterial wipes. Baby wipes are designed to be gentle on a baby's skin, while antibacterial wipes are designed to kill bacteria. While antibacterial wipes may be safe to use on a baby's skin, they are not necessary and may cause irritation.
Nappy creams and lotions are used to protect a baby's skin from irritation. They can also help to heal existing rashes and prevent new nappy rash from forming.
A nappy bin is used to store dirty nappies and wipes until they can be disposed of properly. Nappy bins usually have a sealable lid to prevent odours from escaping.
It is generally recommended that you change a baby's nappy every two to three hours, or as needed. However, some babies may need to be changed more frequently, especially if they are gassy or have diarrhoea. Pay attention to your baby's cues and change the nappy as needed.
It is generally recommended that you change your baby's nappy before nursing and feeding, as a clean nappy will be more comfortable for them. However, if your baby often has particularly dirty nappies just after feeding, it may be best to change it after they have been fed to save having to change it twice.
Nappies should be stored in a cool, dry place. A cupboard or drawer is usually a suitable storage spot. Avoid storing nappies in direct sunlight or near any heat source, as this can cause the nappies to degrade.
Most babies will be ready to start using training pants around the age of 18 months to two years. However, every child is different and some may be ready sooner, while others may not be ready until they are older. Pay attention to your child's cues and talk to your doctor or healthcare professional if you are unsure.