Before we had the kids, I’d say my nappy changing skills were, along with my parenting skills, pretty basic. I guess I kind of had a head start, as I have four younger siblings who were all born after my teenage years, so although I probably didn’t jump at every opportunity, there must have been the odd nappy change in there in all my babysitting stints. But, nothing prepared me for the onslaught that the nappy changing days would bring to our finances, our technique and our squeamishness. I mean, you really know you’re a mum when you’re openly describing the colour and texture of your newborn’s bowel movement openly and with gusto.
Like most new parents, we fell foul to the first nappy mistake. Believing we were totally winning at parenthood, as the due date of our first born approached we stealth purchased nappies and wipes with every shop; stockpiling them in every wardrobe and under bed cavity in preparation for the apocalypse, or just at least the days we may not be able to even reach Tesco direct to arrange an online delivery.
The downside of this technique however is that you are basically buying blind – with no clue what brand or size we wanted to roll with, we ended up with no nappies small enough, box loads of wipes that drove me mad by their flimsy tearing apart ness, and an excess of size 1 nappies about 15 packs strong.
So anyway, with all the gear and no idea we got to work changing nappies at an unbelievable rate of about one every ten minutes. However, there was one thing we had not considered… nappy rash.
Nappy rash was something that we hadn’t seen coming but both of our girls suffered from it at one time or another. Of course, we learnt the hard way about protecting against it and discovered that cutting corners could have horrible consequences for those delicate little bums. Anyone who has ever had to go to a health visitor with a distressed baby, bottom sore from nasty nappy rash won’t forget it in a hurry.
That’s why we protected against the causes of nappy rash using the nappy care ointment, Bepanthen, which was recommended to me by a couple of other mums. We loved Bepanthen because it doesn’t contain any staining colours, fragrance, preservatives or zinc oxide and is so gentle on the skin you can use it at every nappy change. It rubs in really easily and the flip top cap makes it a doddle (even before you’ve mastered the Jedi art of nappy changing) which is why it has been part of our bedtime routine for many years.
Of course, all the other lotions and potions; the support team of the nappy change, had a big part to play too. We trialled them all at some time or another, under recommendations of friends, our Mums, and all of the ‘top tip’ advice army that surface once you’ve had a baby. But we found a good wipe and a nappy care ointment like Bepanthen was all we needed. Sometimes it’s all too easy to get carried away with “trends” and new products but to save your wallet and your storage a whole lot of stress, just keep to the essentials.
But that’s not the only habit we acquired to protect our babies’ precious little bottoms. There was so much we had to learn. So much we thought we knew best – like the eagerness to crack on with the wet wipe stage, like it was going to be some exciting life changing milestone. Those health visitors do talk a thing or two of sense, and cotton wool and water is actually your friend with a newborn, whose delicate little peachy bum need not touch a wet wipe until it’s adjusted to this world. Of course, second time around we were holding on to the cotton wool and water like we were the baby grows and pram top. Fully aware how fast these tiny days will fly by, and in no hurry to rush along.
For our first born only the most designer brands of nappies would do. As though popping a cheap nappy on our darling was loving her a little less, we would turn our nose up at anything other than a leading brand. Now, it’s laughable. The money we could have saved on nappies! Six years of parenting has taught us a thing or two about buying nappies. And actually, the bargain buys, the shops own brand are actually, really good quality. So just find a brand that work for you and stick to it – designer or not!
The technique of nappy changing was something that grew with us. To begin with, the nappy could only be changed on the changing table, with baby in the right direction, and all necessary equipment to hand, including a small toy for distraction and a fresh nappy open and ready, a bowl of warm water and cotton wool, Bepanthen, and an open and ready nappy sack. Anything other than this set up sent me into brain malfunction. But it’s important to be able to change a nappy anywhere. I’ll never forget being at a sports day with friends and their kids, and tiny Tigs needing a change. No toilets, no baby changing station, no privacy. As pure panic hit me, my friend, whose two older children were of school age whipped the baby onto her lap, and in a magical layering of nappies type fashion got the job done in three seconds flat. I was in awe.
And so now with our days of nappy changing drawing to an end, I hope what I learnt along the way might help any of you, new parents muddling through.
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