Our 7 tips for safely changing baby's nappies
Baby's nappy changing is a unique moment between parents and baby. It is also the time for the first learning. Changing your baby's first diaper, drying baby after the bath, dressing and undressing.
To fully enjoy these wonderful moments, here are 7 precautions to follow so that baby's time on the changing table goes smoothly and safely:
1. Always be organised before placing baby on the changing table
Clean your hands thoroughly so as not to transmit any germ to your baby, prepare the diaper you are going to use, cottons or wipes, cream and other products. Place baby's clothes next to the changing table when dressing or pajamas when undressing and baby's towel when bathing.
2. Never leave baby alone on the changing table: a second of inattention is enough for baby to turn around
Indeed, very early on, baby will test his body and his movements. Forgot an important item of clothing or product? It's okay, take baby in your arms and grab what you need while holding your baby. The phone is ringing ? It can wait. It is also advisable to leave your phone outside the nursery or bathroom so as not to be distracted. Our coocoon changing tables and changing toppers have been designed to keep baby safe when attempting to turn around, however this does not mean that baby should be left alone on the changing table, even for a few seconds.
3. Always keep away all objects that could be dangerous for baby
Baby is able to quickly catch objects and is extremely curious. It is therefore imperative to keep all small objects, cords, plastic packaging, sharp objects away from the changing area and any object which could harm baby's safety.
4. Be sure to check the room temperature before the nappy changing ritual
Ensure that the temperature in the room is high enough during nappy changing, bath time, nursing and dressing so that baby does not feel cold. Also avoid drafts in this room. If you are not at home, a good way to keep baby warm is to undress him slowly, or partially, and do the body care in stages: start at the bottom and keep the upper body dressed and vice versa.
5. Always favor comfort
Choose clothes that are simple to put on rather than those with dozens of buttons, or on the contrary those that have none and that you will have to force on at the risk of hurting your baby. It is also advisable to use the softest possible gestures to reassure your little one. Your baby may also get upset because s/he doesn't like to be cleaned with cold wipes or cotton pads. If so, try warming them up in your hand before. If your baby is fussing during the change, feel free to hang a mobile over your changing table to distract him, but always keep it out of reach. When you're on the go, give your baby a small toy to stay busy.
6. Remember this simple sentence: never underestimate your baby's motor development!
In fact, it is always when you least expect it that baby will do his or her next motor learning: the first time s/he catches an object, that s/he will turn around, will get on all fours, will be seated. By not underestimating this, you will stay more vigilant and keep baby safe.
7. And finally: make the nappy changing ritual a moment of happiness!
The nappy changing ritual is above all that of a shared bond with your baby and a chance to have a special one-on-one time. Talk to your baby, explain your gestures, name the different body parts, hug and give kisses to make your baby even more confident. The tone of your voice will help soothe your baby and both of you will be able to fully enjoy this moment.