When you’ve just brought a brand new baby home, there are many worries that can hit you all at once and that includes information on nappies.
It varies from baby to baby. You may use as many as 10 nappies a day or as few as 4, it depends on your baby. Sometimes more, sometimes less, depending on their little systems and how much they eat, etc. You never want to leave a baby sitting in a wet or soiled nappy because this could lead to skin irritations, however you don’t have to change a nappy (especially if it’s dry) just because a certain amount of time has passed.
Typically a newborn goes through 8 to 12 nappies a day for the first six weeks, this decreases to around 6 to 8 until 6 to 9 months after it can go down to 4 or 5 nappies a day.
If you are going with cloth nappies, one size fits all. However, if you want to use disposable, you should check if it fits your baby and pay attention to the legs. If your baby has larger legs, he or she may need a larger size to accommodate this. Your baby’s comfort is also important so check the material the nappy is made of. Cloth-like material is more comfortable than plastic type coverings. If your baby has a sensitive skin, check the characteristic of the nappy. Choose newborn nappies that are hypoallergenic and chlorine-free, and that don’t contain fragrance or latex.
Newborn nappies are also available in varying prices. Purchasing in bulk will be more cost efficient. It is also recommendable to have a nappy that has wetness indicators. You don’t have to wait until your baby cries before you change their nappies.
You don’t need a cream or powder to prevent nappy rash. If you let this air dry then you won’t need a nappy rash cream. If your baby already has nappy rash, leave the baby’s nappy off for about an hour a few times a day. It also helps to change the baby’s nappy often. When the rash is at its worst, it may be necessary to change the nappy up to 12 times a day and dry the baby’s bottom carefully after each change or call your baby’s doctor right away.