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Changing baby nappies

Your Growing Baby

Just when you thought you were the nappy changing expert, your baby has decided to make things interesting. As your baby gets older, she’ll become livelier and stronger and may start to object to being made to lie still for more than two seconds. You’ll need to start using some distractions to help you. Our 10 point routine for changing baby nappies still applies to your child, but you may need to be a little more flexible.

  • Have everything you need to hand – changing mat, cloth, wipes or cooled, boiled water, cotton wool, nappy disposal bags, and a couple of fresh nappies.
  • Choose a suitable nappy change spot: somewhere that he can’t roll off, and where you don’t have to strain to reach him, as your back muscles are still vulnerable.
  • Lie your baby on his back and undo the nappy. Lift your baby gently by holding both his feet and remove the used nappy, using it to wipe away as much solid waste as possible.
  • Carefully and gently wipe over your baby’s nappy area, paying special attention to skin folds. You can use a wipe, or warm water and a cloth or cotton wool. For girls, wipe from front to back, to keep germs away from the vagina. For boys, clean around the penis and testicles, but don’t pull back the foreskin. Check for nappy rash.
  • If necessary, dry your baby carefully with cotton wool or a dry cloth. Letting him kick his legs in the warm, dry air is a good way of reducing nappy rash.
  • Open out the nappy and slide your fingers down the side of the nappy to lift up the leak guards.
  • Lift your baby’s legs up and place the clean nappy underneath (with the grip tabs at the back), so he’s lying on it. The absorbent, soft side of the nappy should go against his skin, and the top edge of the nappy should be about level with the middle of his back.
  • Bring the front part of the nappy up between his legs and spread firmly around the tummy. If you have a boy, point his penis down in the nappy.
  • With one hand holding the nappy gently on baby, open up one Grip Tab and attach it to the front fabric fastening. Repeat for the other side.
  • Reposition the Grip Tabs to adjust the fit of your baby’s nappy so they are comfortable. Double-check that the nappy is not too loose or too tight. Put your baby somewhere safe while you wash your hands and tidy up


Remember if there are any solids when changing your baby’s nappies, dispose of these in the toilet. The used nappy can be rolled into a tight ball using the Grip Tabs to seal it.
DO NOT flush the nappy down the toilet.

  • Have a small box of toys or a book, and interesting, safe objects for your baby to hold and look at while he’s being changed
  • Make it fun, with lots of songs and giggles to distract your baby from whatever he’s trying to roll or crawl to
  • If your baby is having a long, undisturbed sleep at night without a nappy change, you’ll need to remember to clean his bottom in the morning. Toddlers tend to move about at night, so the nappy needs to fit well. Adjust the tabs for a nice snug fit to prevent urine travelling past the waistband.

Here’s where you can find more information about the entire Huggies Product Range to help make nappy change time easier.

Changing your baby’s nappies video