Guide To Preventing Nappy Rash

A memory that will forever stay with me was 4 days after the arrival of our eldest daughter Izzy: I was stood at the change table at 3am in the morning; tired, sore and emotional. My husband Matt was informed, through snot bubbles and hysterical tears that ‘she’s got nappy raaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaash’.

I was devastated. I felt like I’d failed my first test as a mum.

I soon learnt that nappy rash can be quite common, but there are a few ways to help reduce its occurrence and how long it lasts:

  • Change their nappy regularly. Finding a brand that has the ‘blue line’ appear when it becomes wet was a game changer for us as we didn’t have to play the guessing game as a new parent!
  • Always change their nappy when it’s dirty even at night. This may seem obvious but when trawling through websites (particularly during night time feeds), some suggested it was ok to leave a sleeping baby with a dirty nappy! Dirty nappies are definitely going to need to be changed, no matter what the time! A wet nappy is tougher to spot in the dark at silly o’clock in the morning, but your little one will let you know if there in any discomfort so change a wet nappy then!
  • Some babies’ react to certain brands of nappies (heavily scented for example). Switching brands may also help
  • Don’t put the nappy on too tightly and move up a size when needed. A tight nappy can also add to the irritation. All nappies are categorised into sizes with weights next to them. If you get your little one weighed when you think they might need to move up a size that can certainly help you make sure you’ve got the right size for your little one. I should mention that (unlike I originally thought), the plus size version is not slightly bigger, it’s just more absorbent so ideal for use at night. For example, Size 5+ is the more absorbent version of Size 5. Again I’d like to blame sleep deprivation for the time it took me to realise that!
  • Keep to unscented, fragrance free baby wipes (or even better bamboo cotton pads and water during particularly bad spells of nappy rash)
  • Look for natural unscented, fragrance free nappy creams (we’re currently working on this!)

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