A Midwife demonstrates to new parents the basics of changing a baby's nappy. How best to wipe away any mess and dry baby's
bottom; and how to hold baby still as you put on a clean nappy.
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Amanda Mansfield: I am going to show you how to change Mia's nappy now and what I've started by doing is getting everything around me in preparation, so you're organized.
The first thing I am going to do is undo the bottom part of baby groin and I have kept the top part of it down-up, so that I am ensuring that the baby is kept nice and warm during the nappy change, because as I do they can lose heat quite quickly.
So we'll just undo it and you are lucky because you've got an easy baby groin to undo. It's not like some of them that it's quite difficult. And what I am doing at the moment, I am just taking her two feet between my hands there and I am just going to lift the bottom up and I am just going to tuck the baby groin underneath her bottom so she does decide to do poo during the process, it won't go over your baby groin, you might be able to preserve it for the rest of the day.
And what I am going to do is to start by undoing the little straps here which is just like velcro and so if you just undo them slowly and I am putting down the front part of the nappy and I can see straight away, she looks like she is on the little bit of wee in the nappy, so we'll change her and like we did before when we lifted up her bottom, I am just going to lift her little legs up here, and what I generally do is just tuck it underneath there and she is quite relaxed. So I am going to take a piece of cotton wool, dip it in the water, squeeze up the excess water so that we don't want to drip everywhere. And I am just wiping downwards, just towards her bottom. Oh, I am sorry, oh; you didn't like that, did you?
I am placing the dirty one there. I am just getting another cotton wool, I am dipping it in the water, I am just going to take the cotton wool ball, wipe down the baby, there we go and I am just putting onto the dirty area. I am going to get another cotton wool ball, try this time, we are not going to soak it in water and I am just going to dry her, just downwards again, like we did before I am just going to take up her feet and I am just going to remove the nappy, put over to the dirty area, so everything dirty so I am just going to get another one, we just wipe for the excess water, it's drying down.
Throwing the away into the dirty area. And then John, would you like to pass me the clean nappy? Now it's not always easy to know which way to put the nappy on the baby, so if you look for where the flaps are or the straps, this is the side that you plant underneath the baby's bottom. So I am going to lift the baby's bottom up and I lift Mia's bottom and I am just scooping it underneath her and then bring her legs down so the decorative part of the nappy is up with that.
And then, I am going to wrap the straps from behind in the same way we did when we undid the nappy and I am applying them across here. And it just sticks there, same way here. So it's nice and secure, and it's nice and secure round her legs as well because it's going to hook to keep everything in preferably not sweeping out.
It's not so important to cover the umbilical cord with cloths because they tend to pass here and they will do wee downwards with little boys that wee, they cannot impart here in upwards. So it's not so much of problematic with little girls.