Nifty nappy changing and getting baby dressed

Putting a nappy on a baby is a bit fiddly until you get the hang of it, and as for the baby gros… what do you do with all those poppers? Follow our top tips:

  • Place the nappy tabs to the back of the baby and then bring round and secure to the front. Once they’re in position, run your finger around the leg area to check the elastic is sitting comfortably against your baby’s skin. This will stop any leaking or rubbing
  • Baby vests are designed with an ‘envelope’ neck so that you can pull them on easily over your baby’s head, but also so that you can remove them downwards over dirty nappies to minimise the mess.
  • To make it easier to get delicate little arms and legs into baby clothes, put your hand through the arm/leg hole first, then take hold of your baby’s hand or foot and gently pull it through
  • In the early days, stick to soft baby grows, leggings and t-shirts. Denim jeans and jackets can be bulky and restrict your baby’s movement, especially during tummy time.
  • When it comes to poppers, try to line them up first and work from the outside in. You can do it single handed if you squeeze between thumb and forefinger!
  • Dressing your baby in layers is a good way to make sure they’re warm and comfortable. You can easily add or remove layers as necessary

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Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust runs a confidential secure text messaging service for parents of children aged 0-19 years called Chat Health. The service operates Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm, excluding bank holidays. All texts will be responded to by a public health nurse (health visitor/school nurse) within 24 hours. Outside of the service working hours, you’ll receive a message back to inform you that your text will be responded to once the line reopens.

Should you require urgent health advice in the meantime, please contact your GP, visit an NHS walk-in centre or call NHS 111. For emergencies, dial 999 or visit A&E.

Leicester City: text 07520 615381

Leicestershire & Rutland: text 07520 615382

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