Parenting is hard. Just when you think you have it all figured out your baby goes through a new development phase and changes into a completely different child!
One of the best pieces of advice I received early in my parenting journey was, see the horizon every day. Even if just for half an hour, getting out of your own home and exploring the neighbourhood, local park or shops is so important and can do wonders to improve your day.
But nappy changes when you’re out and about can be a challenge. Not only because it can be tricky to find somewhere appropriate, clean and safe to change your little one, but many babies don’t like having their nappy changed. But babies, just like us, need fresh air, Vitamin D and to meet other babies and explore the world. Not to mention there’s groceries to buy, dry cleaning to collect, friends to see, mail to post… you need to leave the house!
No-one wants a screaming baby, especially when you’re in the change rooms at a shopping centre or a café. Whether they’re yelling because they’re having a tantrum or crying because they REALLY don’t like having their bottom changed, you need to do all you can to ensure it’s a quick, smooth and relatively quiet nappy change.
Nappy changes in the car can be even more of a challenge, where it’s difficult to lie them down anywhere safe, comfortable or out of harm’s way.
Nappy Pants are ideal for getting out and about. Check out these 5 tips for changing a baby while out and about:
Change Standing Up
Once your baby can stand with some assistance, lean them against you to change their nappy without having to lie them down. Nappy Pants are ideal as you can tear the side tabs to remove the old one and slide on a new one while supporting them. It’s much easier and quicker than finding a changing room, and often you can do before your little one realises what you’re doing!
Dress Your Bub Appropriately
You might not think about it, but the more easily you can remove their pants, leggings or shoes the easier and quicker it will be for you. Choose pants with elastic waists, pull-up leggings or tights or even dresses for girls with easy to slip on and off shoes. Buttons, zips, shoelaces or intricate fasteners will only slow you down and annoy your child even more.
Have Something In Your Nappy Bag They Can Play With
Distraction is everything when it comes to nappy changes. If you can keep them busy for just a few minutes so their mind is on other things it will make changing your little one a whole lot easier. A small toy or even your car keys should keep them occupied long enough to stay still while you change them.
Make sure you have everything ready when it’s nappy change time. Don’t realise you have left the wipes or the baby barrier cream at home. Pack your nappy bag before you leave the house and ensure you have the clean nappy, change mat, wipes, barrier cream, bin bag (for number 2) all at the ready and easily within reach – preferably with one hand. This will ensure you’re quicker and more prepared.
Give Them Something To Chew On
Babies at this age put absolutely everything and anything in their mouths. Take advantage of it and give them something to chew on to distract them. If you are at a friend or relative’s house, give them a cold facecloth to suck – this helps with the aches of teething too. If you’re at a café or shopping centre, throw a teether in your nappy bag you can easily reach and give them to chew on.
Nappy Pants are the easy option for this age group when they start to roll over, wriggle and crawl all by themselves and staying still for nappy changes is simply not an option.
BabyLove Wriggler Nappy Pants from 7 – 11 kg are designed specifically for babies who are at the wriggly phase. They’ve discovered a little bit of movement and simply can’t lie still! Regular nappies can be very hard to get onto a moving baby, but BabyLove Wriggler Nappy Pants are super easy to slip on and off.
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