Changing nappies is not only a repetitive and daunting task, but it's also (put bluntly) crap!
As a new parent, it's essential to have everything you need to change your baby before they arrive. Unfortunately, their digestive system won't wait for you to be ready, or to have all the necessary supplies, so being prepared is crucial.
Here's what you'll need:
- Nappies! It seems like a no-brainer, but there's a lot to consider when choosing the nappies you want to use. Cost, environmental impact (by your standards), and ease of use are all important factors to weigh up. Whatever you choose, you'll need some on hand ready to go for when your baby arrives. Once your baby arrives, you'll want to experiment with the style and type that works best for you. Once you've found your perfect nappy, buy in bulk!
- Changing tables are convenient when it comes to keeping everything in one area, but they are not a necessity. However, they do help to ensure that you have everything right there, ready for you. This method not only keeps your home tidy (a welcome luxury with young ones around) but can improve the aesthetic of your nursery if that's important to you. If you don't want one, any flat surface will do as long as it's sanitary. For convenience, we highly recommend using a machine washable change mat.
- Baby wipes, or a warm washcloth. If you're using wipes, choose a fragrance-free brand to avoid potential irritation.
- Lotion. Nappy rash is painful on soft bottoms, so having a bottle of Made4Baby Botty Barrier Cream on hand is a must for a happy baby. It's always best to stick to lotions geared towards sensitive skin, and the Made4Baby brand ticks all the boxes, is free from any nasties, and made here in New Zealand.
- Baby powder was once a staple to prevent nappy rash, but the use of it has become somewhat controversial. Many healthcare professionals advise against it because of the risk of your baby breathing in the particles if they become airborne (which is hard to avoid). Additionally, many parents find applying it to be unnecessary, especially if you have a good lotion on hand. If you still wish to use baby powder, consider putting it in a small bowl beforehand (away from your baby), and scooping it up in your hand to apply.
Changing nappies is often a real chore, but it doesn't have to be. If you have a great set up, you'll be free to make it a fun experience for you both. Engage with your baby by talking or singing, and the whole process will become much more enjoyable. Happy changing!