Wash your hands and dry them thoroughly, or clean them with hand gel or a baby wipe, if that’s easier.
Set up a warm, clean area in which to change your baby. If you’re not using a changing table, consider laying a blanket, towel, or changing mat on the floor or bed.
If you change your baby’s nappy on an elevated surface, such as a changing table or your bed, keep one hand on your baby at all times. Most changing tables have a strap you can use to secure your baby. But whether your baby is strapped in or not, don’t leave him unattended for even a second. Babies of any age can wriggle off the table unexpectedly.
Gather everything you need together:
A clean cloth nappy.
A clean waterproof nappy cover, in case the one your baby’s wearing is dirty. If you use all-in-one nappies the cover will already be attached to the nappy.
Plastic nappy grips or fasteners.
Cloth wipes, washcloths, or disposable wipes for cleaning your baby. Dampen the cloth or washcloth with warm water, or a homemade solution of warm water and a little unperfumed, liquid soap.
A dry wipe or washcloth, to dry your baby’s bottom if you’re not able to let your baby air-dry.
You may also need:A barrier cream to protect to your baby’s skin or rash cream for nappy rash. Use these sparingly so they are contained within the liner.
A cloth or disposable liner. This will wick moisture away from your baby and into the nappy. Disposable liners make it easier to dispose of poo and also help to protect cloth nappies from lotions and creams.
An insert or booster, for added absorbency. Some inserts are also topped with a stay-dry fabric, for extra protection. This may be useful at night.