Nappy valley

One of the more bewildering areas of baby care is nappies: should you go for disposable or reusable ones, and which brands are best?

cloth nappies

Cloth nappy set from Mothercare

What everyone agrees on is that babies need nappies… and LOTS of them. You can expect to change a newborn’s nappy up to 12 times a day (yes, that is every other hour!) So in a baby’s first week, one might get through as many as 84 nappies.  Thinking ahead, I’m sure that going on a nappy run will be the last thing we’ll want to do during that time, so my plan is to stock up the “nappy cupboard”.

But what to fill it with?

So far, we have a box of Sainsbury’s Little Ones nappies and Pampers Newborns, both disposables, mainly because they were respectively free thanks to a voucher and cost pennies thanks to Asda’s baby event. I have no idea whether these are considered “good” nappies or not, but for the moment, that comprises the beginning of our stash!

We have heard through the grapevine that Lidl’s newborn disposable nappies are apparently excellent. Who knew? Even better, there is a Lidl just round the corner from us which might come in very handy indeed.

The general consensus is that disposables are best at the start as they are easier to get to grips with (literally).

Babycentre’s article “10 tips for newborn nappy changing” includes advice on disposables vs. reusables. Cloth nappies are ideal for the eco-conscious, but the increased high temperature washing might cancel out the reduced landfill. It’s a tricky one! Having worn cloth nappies myself (only as a baby, before you ask), I’ve always been keen to try these out, so at some point do intend to buy a few and see how we go. According to Babycentre, you only need a maximum of 36 cloth nappies to get by without having to wash them every day – think of the storage space that would free up as well! They are initially more expensive but this should eventually be cheaper than buying numerous packs of disposables.

As well as the nappies, there are many other items that are useful when changing a baby, such as wipes, cotton wool and various creams. There are things like nappy rash to worry about, and how to actually get rid of the damn things. Are nappy bins really worth it (aren’t they just bins but more expensive?)

And for those interested in what you might find inside a nappy, the Babycentre page includes a link to “Baby poo: a visual guide” that takes you through the many delightful sights to look forward to.

One question remains: how do you actually change a nappy? We might have to pay extra attention next time our baby nephew is taken to the changing mat. I normally avoid the entire area completely, or politely avert my eyes and try and think happy thoughts…

3 thoughts on “Nappy valley

  1. mumof3

    From experience with the two girls now aged 7 and 4 years old– I have found that until they are about 4 months old–Huggies disposable diapers are the best, and after that Pampers is the answer! Especially the Huggies diapers for new borns that have umbilical cord cut out…a U-shaped dip, that will conveniently avoid the diaper closing over the very sensitive umbilical cord area…something important to protect and be careful about for the first few days after birth. Is available in the US, I am not sure if you find it in the UK too… but there is the link to what it looks like:

    Also something that absolutely goes hand in hand with nappy change is a protective barrier cream. The Boots Castor Oil Nappy Cream is the best ever— I have used over a 100 jars between my two girls, and will continue it for the third which is on the way.

    If you have time, its important to ‘air’ the little bums between nappy changes— or do it at least twice a day. Leave them without a nappy for about 15-30 mins…babies love it! You can use waterproof disposable nappy changing sheets, because during those 15-30 mins your baby will pee once or twice….but thats cool! Mine loved to poop when diaperless…and although I hated it…it made potty training very easy…they were using the baby potty as early as 6 months old. My kids’ doctor hates me for this, and thinks I lie… and tells me I only ‘CATCH’ it, but I know both my girls waited to be ‘aired’ before they decided to ‘go’ 🙂

  2. Cath Post author

    Thanks for the nappy and potty training advice! So the Boots cream is better than Sudocrem in your opinion? (I have a large jar of Sudocrem, but I’m sure it will get used up in no time…)

    It totally makes sense to let them “air” so will definitely be trying it, especially if it’s a girl – I imagine there is a bit less control over the peeing when it is a boy!!!

    1. Elly

      On the back of this advice I bought the zinc and castor oil stuff from Boots but then promptly lost it, so have been using the tiny pot of sudocrem from the bounty bags which has been helping. My mother has spent the day praising zinc and castor oil stuff to the extent I have felt obligated to find where I’d hidden it so will be trying it from now on!

      As for airing, Elphie perceives any nakedness especially of the bottom area as an affront to her dignity and screams blue murder when aired, but I will persevere as the airing and the cream seem to be helping a lot.


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