Nappy changing, an essential part of hygiene

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Baby’s bottom is subjected to attack during the early months. Indeed, many sources of external attach can weaken the epidermis, leading to the development of nappy rash (urine, stools, nappy rubbing…). Often benign, they can still be painful to baby.


When should you change baby?

Some babies don’t cry when they need to be changed. It should be done at regular intervals, therefore, to take care of baby’s bottom.For this, it is recommended, from the earliest weeks, to change baby according to the number of meals, before or after each breast or bottle feed (this may reach 8 to 10 times per day).

Then, during the following months, baby can be changed less frequently. Make sure that baby’s nappy is always clean before rest time or bedtime so that she can go to sleep peacefully, without discomfort from a dirty wet nappy.

Les bons gestes pour changer bébé et prévenir les irritations


  • Change your baby’s nappy as often as possible.
  • Always clean your baby’s bottom carefully, front to back, using an appropriate product  (cleansing milk or water, oleo-limestone liniment) to avoid transferring germs to the genital organs.
  • Dry baby’s bottom well particularly in the folds, padding it gently, to avoid any maceration.
  • Apply a cream for nappy changing in a thick layer over the whole surface of the buttocks, in the skin folds to prevent any redness and irritation (nappy rash).
  • Adapt the nappies to ensure that they are neither too small nor too tight, anchored fairly loosely so that air can circulate.
  • If baby has nappy rash, see our special tips, consultez nos conseils spécifiques.

Good to know

The buttock epidermis is a real barometer for baby’s well-being. It can be the sign of inappropriate hygiene (not changing nappies often enough, inappropriate cleansing products…) or the sign of slight intestinal upsets or teething, or symptoms of the first illnesses.