Although babies are tougher than you might think, you must always handle them gently and with great care. In the first three months, be careful to support their head at all times, because babies don’t have strong enough muscles yet. Changing nappies, bathing, massaging and caring for your baby’s skin all offer valuable opportunities for intensive skin-on-skin contact. Skin is an important sensory organ, so if you devote a lot of loving attention to it in this phase, you’ll create the foundation for a trusting future.
- Change nappies as quickly as possible after wetting or soiling to prevent painful skin irritation and infections. You should also change your baby when he wakes up, before he goes to bed, and after feeding.
- Most babies need around 6 to 8 nappies a day, maybe even 10 in the first few weeks.
- You can use either cloth or disposable nappies. It’s a personal choice. Both types offer advantages and disadvantages.
- You’ll spend a lot of time changing nappies every day, so it’s all the more important to use this time to be close to your baby and to play, cuddle and flirt with him. You and your baby will both enjoy touching, tickling, singing and holding eye contact. You can also hang drawings or a mobile above the changing table.
- Make sure that the changing table is at a comfortable height to protect your back. It’s also important to make sure that the changing table has side guards to prevent your child from falling off, particularly as he gets more mobile. Never leave your baby unsupervised on a changing table!