You’ve probably heard that you should give your baby some nappy free time, but have you been put off by the thought of them lying in their own wee or rolling around in a poo explosion? Understandably, it sounds like you’d be giving yourself even more work and extra baths and laundry, but before you reject this idea, you might like to know about the benefits of nappy-free time.
Nappy rash is normal, but some babies get it more than others, no matter how diligent you are. It is caused by germs on the baby’s skin and occurs mainly when covered by a wet or dirty nappy for too long. Nappies can rub on their sensitive skin, and irritate it further, so having some time with the nappy off allows them the opportunity to air-dry the area.
Nappy off time assists with gross motor development by making it easier and more comfortable to practice skills such as rolling, crawling, stretching, and putting those little tootsies in their mouth. It’s also an opportunity for them to experience new sensations and experience their world in a different, developmentally supportive way.
Babies come into the world naked, so it makes sense for them to have some time to occasionally be the way nature intended. If you think about it, bathtime is the only real nappy free time they get in any given day, aside from a minute or less between nappy changes.
If your baby is grizzly or unsettled, strip off their clothes and nappy (if it isn’t cold), and you just might be able to easily soothe your baby when nothing else seems to work. Add in a gentle massage and some soft music for increased relaxation. Humans are generally pretty happy when they’re nude at any age!