How-to change a nappy without offending
If new mums are looking for a topic to discuss at Mother’s Group try this one for size – the dos and don’ts related to changing your baby’s nappy in public.
Have you ever been sat in a cafe when all of a sudden you smell something awful and turn to the table next to you and see a mum changing her baby’s dirty nappy?
What are your thoughts on this?
Generally the opinions split between parents and non-parents but there are a few guidelines you can follow to keep up the diaper decorum:
If it’s at all possible, try to change bub in a private location whether that’s in a bedroom, toilet or if you’re at the park – away from where other people are enjoying their picnic. Of course, if you’re in the comfort of your own home, you can change your bub’s nappy wherever you fancy – on the kitchen bench if that’s your preference!
Always put a change mat, blanket, muslin or towel under your baby while changing its nappy so that any mess is contained and you don’t end up with pooh on your friend’s carpet.
Put the dirty nappy and wipes in a bag. If you don’t have one ask whoever’s home you’re in for a carrier bag and which bin they’d prefer you put the nappy in (they might prefer you to take it to the garbage bin outside).
Always wash your hands!