A guide to the different types of nappies and tips on changing nappies and nappy rash.
Disposable nappies are the most convenient type of nappy and they come in a range of styles to suit the baby's sex, weight and time of use (night-time nappies are more absorbent). Environmentally friendly disposable nappies, which have less impact on the planet, are also available.
Avoid using wipes, which can add to the irritation.
Cloth nappies are gentler on the baby's skin and work out cheaper than disposables, despite the need for nappy pins, plastic pants and nappy liners. However, they involve a lot more work since they must be both washed and sterilised before use. Nonetheless, cloth nappies are currently gaining in popularity.
Normally, you should be changing your baby about six times a day. If it’s less than this, then make sure that the he or she is not suffering from dehydration.
All babies develop nappy rash at some stage – it starts around the genital area and then spreads outwards. It is sore and irritating to the baby, but can be easily treated.
If none of the above proves helpful, seek advice from your public health nurse or doctor or visit Everymum's Baby Section for more advice and helpful tips.