Baby // How to Change a Nappy in 15 Easy Steps

Dexter is about to turn eight months old and has just learnt how to crawl. I’ve spoken before about our struggles with nappy changes now he is on the move so I thought I’d come up with a step by step guide on how to change a nappy. I think if you are in the same predicament as me that this will come in very useful!

1. Identify that baby needs a nappy change. I do this by sticking my nose right next to his bottom, giving it a huge inhale and then wondering why the hell I decided to do that.

2. Place baby on his back on the changing station.

3. Take off his trouser and unpop his vest. Smile sweetly as he tries to roll onto his side and say No darling, just stay there a moment.

4. Grapple with baby as he continues to roll. Hold him down with one hand while you fish around the floor and drawers for a distraction. Find a suitable toy and wave it in front of his face. He should now be settled on his back.

5. Undo the nappy to find the disgusting evidence. But wait, it looks pretty intriguing actually. Is that the avocado I gave him yesterday for lunch? And look at those orange bits, he must have been swallowing those cubes of carrot whole!

6. Watch helplessly as baby slams his socked foot into the dirty nappy you were examining. Mutter an expletive or two under your breath before smiling sweetly and saying Aw dear.

7. Roll up the nappy and fish around for the baby wipes to wipe the poo from baby’s foot. Hold his legs in the air as you wipe his bottom with more baby wipes. Realise the packet is empty. Swear a lot more under your breath.

8. Using one hand to hold his bum in the air, fish around with the other hand and find another packet of wipes. Phew! That was close. Attempt to open it with one hand, then realise baby’s bum is going to have to be put back down as it’s a two handed job.

9. Shout to husband to come and help. Swear some more when he replies, I’m just on the toilet having a poo! 

10. Finish wiping baby’s bottom and put the dirty wipes and nappy in a nappy bag. Tie the bag up. Phew. Nearly finished now.

11. Grab the nappy cream tub and start rubbing it onto baby’s bottom. Watch helplessly as he drops his toy and places his hand into the tub. Snatch the tub away and grab his hand before he covers his t-shirt in the stuff. Get more baby wipes to remove the cream then realise you had already tied up the bloody nappy bag. Get another one to dispose of these cream filled wipes.

12. Place a nappy under baby’s bum to do up. Watch as he starts rolling again as you try to do the sides up. Shake the toy vigourously in front of his face and watch him ignore it as he rolls and then crawls over to the edge of the table and to his doom.

13. Pick baby up and place him down again on his back. Hold him down with one hand as you try to do up the nappy with the other. Shout husband again. No reply.

14. Finally manage to do the nappy up. Realise you still have to do up the vest and put on his trousers but decide against it.

15. Place baby on floor to crawl off and slump in a heap, exhausted from the massive task you just completed.

I hope this step by step guide has been of use to you. I assure you, if you follow it properly, you will get your baby’s nappy changed in less than 30 minutes! My record is 23 minutes doing it this way.

Can you relate to this? Leave me a comment and let me know.

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  • Reply Devon Mama

    I couldn’t have described the struggle better. Is it just me who finds normal toys don’t cut it? I end up giving him things I’d never normally give just for a moments stillness!! Oh and they’re ALWAYS on the toilet when needed!!
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    20th January 2017 at 9:19 am
  • Reply Helen

    Yep ! Baby toy only works 40%of the time now too! I find it easier to stand her up with her holding onto the sofa, baby walker etc try get nappy done up then and clothes done up. It’s exhausting!

    20th January 2017 at 10:27 am
  • Reply Emma

    Not looking forward to this stage. Benjamin will quite happily lie still on his back aged 3 months but I know it’ll get worse as he starts being able to move! x
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    20th January 2017 at 12:05 pm
  • Reply Everything Mummy

    Oh I remember these wriggly baby days pain in the backside aren’t they!

    20th January 2017 at 12:24 pm
  • Reply Abi - Something About Baby

    Ha this is hilarious and so, so true! Although I think you forgot the last step – repeat all over again because baby forgot to finish his poop so decides to dirty his nappy for you again!!

    20th January 2017 at 1:45 pm
  • Reply Katy Stevens

    When my girl was one month I could change a nappy in under 1 minute, including cream etc.

    Now my girl is ten months old I’m lucky if I can get one done in under 3 minutes! Kids hey!
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    20th January 2017 at 1:54 pm
  • Reply becky

    haha, I must admit I’ve been blessed with a baby who will let me change his nappy, my sister however has not, and this is basically a play-by-play of watching her! I’ve had my moments though, #7 is always happening to me. Where do all the wipes go?! The pack was full I swear. haha. Great post though!

    20th January 2017 at 6:00 pm
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    Dex is so adorable and has such a sweet smile and definitely looks like both his mummy and daddy! recently posted…Come join us over on my self hosted blogMy Profile

    20th January 2017 at 10:44 pm
  • Reply Georgina

    This is brilliant – I am a poo conniseurr, I know exactly what’s going on down there. I’ve also had to start pinning legs down in between my legs too!

    21st January 2017 at 3:35 am
  • Reply Autumn's Mummy

    Hahaha, brilliant – I can definitely relate to this!
    #6 is why I always remove socks before changing a poop nappy now!

    5th February 2017 at 12:31 pm
  • Reply Hayley McLean

    Haha! Brilliant!!! I have two wriggly ones so it takes me double the time, which is fun…my favourite is the addition of Step 16: Watch as they make the “poo” face the second you pick them up and you realise you have to repeat the process all over again!

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    11th February 2017 at 11:42 pm
  • Reply Sian QuiteFranklySheSaid

    Haha I remember these days well – and soon I will have it all to look forward to again! Thanks for linking up to #SundayBest x
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    12th February 2017 at 10:07 am
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