Nappies & nappy rash

You can use either cloth or disposable nappies, or you can use both! Here’s what you need to know about both nappies, and baby’s nappy rash.

Cloth nappies

  • You will need at least 24 cloth nappies and some nappy pins.

  • Cloth nappies are reusable, so you need to clean, wash, dry, and fold them.

  • Washing nappies is easier if you use a nappy liner.

  • Using ‘over nappies’ will help keep your baby’s clothes dry.

  • Some cloth nappies are shaped to fit your baby, and have Velcro or snap closures so they don’t need nappy pins.

  • They also come in a range of sizes.

Disposable nappies

  • They are convenient, easy to use, and are absorbent, so they keep the baby’s skin dry.

  • You will need a constant supply of disposable nappies, as they are not reusable.

  • Good-quality disposable nappies have a breathable cover to allow air flow through the nappy and around the skin.

  • Breathable covers help to keep the skin drier and prevent skin irritations and nappy rash.

  • Disposable nappies protect against leaking as they have special elastic waist and leg bands for a snug fit.

  • Disposable nappies come in a range of sizes to suit your baby.

Nappy rash

Nappy rash is common, because a baby’s skin is sensitive. Here are some ways to heal nappy rash:

  • Lie your baby on a change mat or blanket on the floor, without a nappy on. Air helps heal the rash.

  • Use a warm, wet cloth to wash your baby’s bottom - some baby wipes that contain alcohol and soap can cause dry skin or make the rash worse.

  • Greasy ointments such as Vaseline, or zinc and castor oil creams can help.

  • Use soap flakes, nappy-wash powders or liquids to wash nappies.

  • Rinse nappies twice to get rid of the soap or nappy wash.

  • Dry them in the sun and wind.

Talk to your midwife, Plunket nurse, or pharmacist about other treatments.

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