How often should I change my baby's nappy?
You should change your baby's nappies regularly. Your baby's wee, combined with the bacteria in her poo, may make her skin sore and lead to nappy rash.
Change your baby's nappy before or after every feed, or whenever she's done a poo. Though changing your baby's nappy at night may disrupt her sleep, it may be worth routinely changing your baby’s nappy if she has woken for a feed. Otherwise she may wake up again an hour later because she is uncomfortable.
Your newborn baby will poo several times a day and wee every one hour to three hours. Wetness doesn't bother most babies though, so don't expect her to cry or show discomfort every time she needs changing.
Disposable nappies absorb moisture particularly well, so you may not always be able to gauge their wetness until they're soaked.
Check for wetness every couple of hours by testing with a clean finger. Some disposable nappies for young babies have a wetness indicator on them. This is a line that changes colour if the nappy is wet. This isn't necessary, but it's a handy way to tell if it's time for a change. Disposable or cloth?
Cloth nappies are inexpensive in the long-run, and some mums think they cause less nappy rash. Cloth nappies can be used over and over again, whereas disposables have plastic liners that don't decompose.
Nearly eight million disposable nappies are thrown away in the UK every day. But washing lots of cloth nappies very often can have a negative impact on the environment. This is especially if you use bleach or non-biodegradable detergents, and if you use a tumble dryer.
Using a nappy laundering service, if you can afford it, and if there is one in your area, is probably the most environmentally-friendly way of using nappies. Nappy laundering services use less energy than washing at home and use less water, as the nappies are washed in bulk. It's also less hassle for you, as when the nappies are taken away, fresh ones...
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