This is a sponsored post for Huggies

If you believe the Hollywood hype you’ll believe all women only grow a tiny little belly during their pregnancy. None of them to seem to suffer from hemorrhoids, their ankles never swell and they still run in heels.

Of course once baby pops out (because in most Hollywood movies baby ‘pops’ out) there is an instant connection. Baby latches onto boob and all is well in the world. This, as most women who have experienced pregnancy, childbirth and post natal depression, will tell you it’s very different.

Just before Emma came home I got maybe one lesson in bathing her. Zero with nappy changes. Because people just figure you are a woman and have a womb you ‘instinctively’ know. Well I didn’t know. And I was petrified. The first time I bathed Emma at home she slipped out of my hands like a well-oiled baby seal. The first time I was alone with Emma and I had to change her nappy I put it off for as long as possible, hoping someone would get home and help me. I wish someone had shared these tips with me

• A safe nappy change area:
This can be a dedicated nappy changing unit, a bed or even the floor. The most important thing to remember is to have all your nappy change items within your reach, but out of your baby’s reach. The area should also be warm, dry and clean. Wash your hands before changing your baby to limit the chance of any infection. Finally, make sure your infant is never left unattended on a raised tabletop where they can fall.

• Nappies:
As mentioned above, you can use disposable or cloth nappies. Both have their advantages. However, if you do use disposable nappies, then a good quality nappy is important so that you can avoid nappy rash or other skin problems.

• Baby wipes can come in handy with number two’s.
Not only do they clean and sanitise your baby, but they are soft, gentle on skin, and easy to dispose of. A good baby wipe will be able to clean up most of a small bum in one or two wipes to avoid overly irritating skin. Huggies® Pure Wipes clean like cotton wool and water, to maintain the natural perfection of the soft baby skin. Free from perfume and alcohol, these wipes protect the natural balance of your little one’s skin.

• Baby/ Nappy Rash Cream/Original Vaseline:
Don’t be alarmed if you take off your baby’s nappy and the skin underneath is red and irritated, lots of babies get nappy rash. The best remedy for the situation is a hypoallergenic, nappy rash cream. Baby’s skins are super sensitive so you may want to steer away from nappy rash creams that contain fragrances and perfumes. For best results apply the nappy rash cream to your baby’s affected areas after cleaning your baby and before putting the new nappy.

• Rubbish Bin:
You might find that you have a lot of waste from just one nappy change. From the actual nappy (with its dubious contents) to soiled wipes and even a disposable change mat you may have used. Have your bin nearby so you can just dump all those nasty bits and pieces.

As always after handling hazardous materials, make sure you wash your hands thoroughly. You can also make the nappy change experience more pleasant for your baby by giving him/her a toy or rattle to play with.

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