Tips for changing your baby's nappy


Changing your premature or sick baby’s nappy is a great way to be involved in their care on the neonatal unit.

Being involved in caring for your baby can help you to bond, feel more confident as a parent, and can lead to better long-term outcomes for your baby’s development.

You and your family can be involved in caring for your baby on the neonatal unit and you should be supported by healthcare professionals to do this. This is called family-centred care.

Tips for nappy changing on a neonatal unit

Before you begin, make sure you have everything you need to hand, so you won’t need to break contact.

  • Approach your baby quietly, speaking softly.
  • Keep lighting, noise and activity levels low.
  • Take time and respond to your baby’s signals

If they signal distress cues then taking small pauses can help keep them calm.

Avoid lifting your baby by the legs. Instead, hold their feet sole to sole and gently flex their legs towards their body.

Stay close to your baby for up to 20 minutes after a nappy change to give continued support.

Pampers Preemie Protection nappies

Pampers have created the smallest ever nappy for babies weighing less than 1.8lb. We are partners with Pampers to give Preemie Protection nappies free to neonatal units across the UK.

Ask the team on your neonatal unit for some for your baby. If your unit does not know how to order them please ask them to call us on 020 7378 1122 or email

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