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How to change and clean a modern cloth nappy

Consider this your go-to guide.

The humble terry or reusable cloth nappy is seeing a rise in popularity as trendy, funkier versions are arriving on the market.
You will get the hang of nappy changing in the first weeks. But yes, you'll also have your fair share of leaks and lop-sided nappies. If you have a boy, you can also expect the occasional warm shower!
However, it will soon all be second nature. Meanwhile, to get you started, follow this step-by-step guide.
Preparation
1. Wash and dry your hands (you can use a baby wipe).
2. Set up a warm, clean, dry, area to change your baby. In the beginning you may use a changing mat, but a towel or clean cloth nappy on any soft, warm surface will work, too.
3. Prepare your supplies. If you've opted for terry nappies, you'll need a clean nappy, safety pins and plastic pants. Using fitted cloth nappies? You'll need a clean nappy and liner.
4. If your baby has or is prone to nappy rash, you'll also want to have some cream or petroleum jelly to hand.
Changing a modern cloth nappy
1. Unclip the nappy, wipe away any poo with the dirty nappy, and put it aside. Use a baby wipe or wet cloth to clean your baby's bottom thoroughly.
2. Place a clean nappy under your baby. Make the flaps by flaring them out at the top of the back half of the nappy.
3. Pull the side flaps forwards from the back of the nappy.
4. Secure the nappy at the sides using the clips.
QUICK TIP: Nappy liners help prevent heavy soiling of your nappies. Once your baby is ready for a nappy change, simply lift off the nappy liner and dispose.
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5. Tip any poo from inside the soiled nappy into the toilet. Put the used nappy in your nappy bucket, and close the lid tightly.
6. Wash the nappy in accordance with the washing instructions on the individual garment label. You must remove any excess soiling before washig your nappies.
7. Dress your baby and wash your hands thoroughly when you're done!

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