My top nappy changing tips with Bepanthen

My top nappy changing tips with Bepanthen

Freddie is now twelve weeks old and we are well into the swing of the regular feeds, disturbed nights and nappy changes. It’s funny as a parent, the second time around, how you can forget how frequent nappy changes can be with a newborn. However it all comes flooding back and before you know it, you can change a nappy in the dark with your eyeballs refusing to open through sleep deprivation.


Since I’ve become a Mummy, I’ve had my fair share of nappy related incidents and I’m pretty sure I’m not alone. I’ve picked up some brilliant tips along the way from other parents, unfortunate incidents and rookie-style errors of judgement. Here are my top nappy changing tips, in association with Bepanthen;

  • Be Prepared; there is nothing worse than being faced with an unhappy baby, a filled nappy and no provisions to help you out. Make sure you have everything you need to hand before you go for the change.
  • Organise several nappy stations around the home for quick and easy changes throughout the day; I have a plastic crate with spare nappies, wipes, nappy bags, Bepanthen nappy care ointment and hand sanitiser in the lounge, the same in our bedroom for throughout the night and one in Freddie’s bedroom which is where our main changing table and mat is.
  • Make sure you select the right size nappy; nappy sizes are based on the weight of the baby (usually in kilograms) but bear in mind the size of your baby. Be aware that most nappy sizes overlap weights.
  • Test out nappies before you bulk buy; don’t bulk buy nappies to find out they don’t suit your baby. Buy a smaller pack when using them for the first time to ensure they are suitable and then buy in bulk if you’re happy with them.
  • Use Bepanthen nappy care ointment to help protect your baby from nappy rash; nappy rash can be caused by several things including the length of time your baby is in a wet nappy, soap, detergent or bubble bath, alcohol based baby wipes and a nappy rubbing against babies skin.
  • Always check the nappy is secure before putting on their clothes; babies wriggle and a poorly fitted nappy can cause an unhappy baby (and considerable mess!) if using disposables always check the tapes are secure and the frilly bits are outside of the nappy.


In my experience, nappy rash can escalate quickly so using a nappy care ointment such as Bepanthen can prevent it. Bepanthen is clinically proven for babies delicate skin and is free from potentially toxic ingredients that you wouldn’t want to put on your babies skin. It contains pro-vitamin B5 in it which gently aids the natural recovery of babies skin whilst keeping it soft and moisturised. Applying a thin layer of Bepanthen to your baby’s clean, dry bottom as part of their nappy change routine will help to prevent nappy rash.


Win a Bepanthen Nappy Care Gift Box

Bepanthen have offered one lucky reader of Life According to MrsShilts the chance to win a Nappy Care Gift Box. Included in the box is a £50 John Lewis Gift Voucher, 6 months supply of Bepanthen Nappy Care Ointment and a Bephanthen cuddly toy (either an elephant or dragonfly).
To be in with a chance of winning the gift box, all you need to do is enter the giveaway widget below. Terms and conditions apply. The giveaway ends on Sunday 29th April 2018 at 23:59. Good luck!

Terms and Conditions; 
  • The giveaway ends on 29/04/2018 at 23:59 
  • The prize is £50 John Lewis Gift Voucher, 6 months supply of Bepanthen Nappy Care Ointment and a Bephanthen cuddly toy (either an elephant or dragonfly)
  • The winner will be selected at random using Rafflecopter and contacted within three days of the giveaway closing.
  • The winner has 28 days to claim their prize and provide their contact details
  • The prize will be sent to the winner directly from Bepanthen within ten working days of the prize being claimed by the winner.
  • The prize promoter is Emma Shilton, Life According to MrsShilts  
  • There is no cash alternative and prize is non-transferable 
  • UK entries only
  • The giveaway is run by Mrs Shilts in conjunction with Bepanthen.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post by Bepanthen. 

Emma Shilton

Emma Shilton, is a UK Family Lifestyle blogger from the West Midlands, UK, Emma is Mummy to two boys; Olly, (born February 2013) who loves Lego, cars and old cartoons and Freddie, (born January 2018) who loves noisy toys and making a mess. The blog follows their adventures as they capture everyday life, family travels and adventures.

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  1. Jess
    06/04/2018 / 7:21 am

    Reassuring to read we’re doing the right thing! We have changing stations around the house and even when prepared we can have some mishaps being first time parents (I never seem to get the nappy quite high enough up babies back!)
    We’ve recently started using Bepanthen and it’s working a treat on his delicate skin.
    Love your blogs and social media posts, you’re doing a great job mommy! X

  2. 06/04/2018 / 11:53 am

    Try to air them as much as possible even though can be hard with babies weeing and changing nappies regularly

  3. laura stewart
    06/04/2018 / 12:37 pm

    would love to win please x

  4. Sue McCarthy
    06/04/2018 / 1:10 pm

    I don’t have any children but would love to win this prize to donate to charity, to go to Romania.

  5. D rooney
    06/04/2018 / 2:10 pm

    Fabulous prize thank you

  6. 06/04/2018 / 3:28 pm

    I’ve used Bepanthen for tattoo care for years – I’d almost forgotten its’ original use! Excited to be able to use it to prevent nappy rash instead!

    • Jennifer Bruce
      07/04/2018 / 11:39 am

      Me too for Tattoo care!

  7. hazel haskayne
    06/04/2018 / 4:36 pm

    always a clean bottom, don’t leave nappy on for too long.

  8. ruth robinson
    06/04/2018 / 8:27 pm

    i make sure i change my boys nappy regularly plenty of nappy free time and use bepanthem regularly

  9. Solange
    06/04/2018 / 8:59 pm

    Change your baby’s nappy regularly, clean them thoroughly, apply barrier cream after each nappy change and
    give your baby as much nappy-free time as possible.

  10. 06/04/2018 / 9:22 pm

    Lots of bare botty time! Keep the nappy off for a few minutes each day always worked for us x

  11. Shaun tutt
    06/04/2018 / 9:45 pm

    Put some bepanthen on and that always does the trick

  12. 06/04/2018 / 10:29 pm

    for me it’s having plenty of off nappy occasions, not only does it make moving more easy but starts the chain for toilet training

  13. Fay
    06/04/2018 / 10:35 pm

    I don’t have a baby but I would love to win for my best friend, who was ‘expecting’ her first baby yesterday!! (He’s not made an appearance yet!)

  14. Margaret Gallagher
    06/04/2018 / 10:53 pm

    Regular changes and barrier creams – prevention is always the best

  15. Sadiyya Maryam
    07/04/2018 / 12:27 am

    Changing little ones nappy as soon as possible and not delaying it.

  16. Zoey P
    07/04/2018 / 4:32 am

    Give baby’s bottom more time without a diaper

  17. Holly king
    07/04/2018 / 7:49 am

    I use bepanthen and always have some free time with no nappy to get an airing lol.

  18. Rosemary Tily
    07/04/2018 / 10:35 am

    A dry liner insert in the nappy, plenty of changes and whenever warm enough time without wearing a nappy as fresh air is the best preventative for nappy rash that I know!

  19. Jennifer Bruce
    07/04/2018 / 11:40 am

    I use breast milk on any redness, it’s full of antibodies so works very well (appreciate not everyone can or choose to do this x)

  20. Kim Styles
    07/04/2018 / 6:50 pm

    When I had babes in nappies i gave them lots of time lying on a towel and playing without a nappy on. regular nappy changes and regular use of barrier cream ! plus daily bathing and careful drying.

  21. sam macaree
    07/04/2018 / 8:01 pm

    regularly change

  22. becci cleary
    07/04/2018 / 8:08 pm

    I use raw egg whites – something my mum taught me

  23. sarah rees
    07/04/2018 / 8:57 pm

    regular changing and bepanthen

  24. Lorna Ledger
    07/04/2018 / 9:15 pm

    Let them run free and naked before bathtime :) the air helps

  25. zoe brown
    07/04/2018 / 9:24 pm

    nappy free time and bepanthen

  26. gemma hendry
    07/04/2018 / 9:35 pm

    regular changes and bepanthen

  27. Nicola Farrel
    07/04/2018 / 10:52 pm

    Make sure I change her regularly if it’s a little red a barrier cream usually stops of gettinv worse for us.

  28. 08/04/2018 / 7:47 am

    I always use bepanthen on my grandchildren just like I did with my own children it’s excellent :)

  29. S.Kerry
    08/04/2018 / 10:56 am

    My baby’s not due until August but heard great things about Bepanthen :)

  30. Keith Hunt
    08/04/2018 / 12:31 pm

    my mom always let the air get at the skin as much as it was safe to do.

  31. abigail edkins
    08/04/2018 / 12:45 pm

    I try and leave the nappy off for a bit of an airing

  32. Hannah Wallington
    08/04/2018 / 9:27 pm

    Regular changes and creams

  33. Carla
    08/04/2018 / 10:16 pm

    Regular Changes
    Cotton wool and water no baby wipes
    Always dry area
    Airing out
    Good barrier cream

  34. lozzle77
    09/04/2018 / 10:48 am

    having nappy free time

  35. 09/04/2018 / 12:53 pm

    Have time without a nappy and let the air get to it. x

  36. 09/04/2018 / 6:02 pm

    Use a good barier cream and allow your little one to be nappy free several times a day to let the air get to the skin x

  37. C Whitlow
    09/04/2018 / 6:42 pm

    Lots of happy free time! Let it air x

  38. 09/04/2018 / 7:26 pm

    I’ve always found plenty of fresh air for the botty and if it’s a little sore some Sudocrem, but Bepanthen is a great barrier cream if little’un isn’t well and things start to ‘run’ away a little if you get what I mean? ;)

  39. Katy Malkin
    09/04/2018 / 8:12 pm

    Frequent nappy changes, letting them breathe, and as little products as possible.

  40. Laura Scott
    09/04/2018 / 8:29 pm

    I change my daughter’s nappy regularly and use bepanthen. I used it with my first daughter and she never had nappy rash once!

  41. Charlene Merrall
    09/04/2018 / 9:18 pm

    I used a lot of sudocrem in the beginning, before I discovered bepanthen and found it a million times better!

    09/04/2018 / 9:39 pm

    regular change of nappies and barrier cream a must

  43. Pam Hubbard
    09/04/2018 / 10:03 pm

    fab prize

  44. Catia Rodrigues
    09/04/2018 / 10:20 pm

    I change my baby nappy regularly and I always put barrier cream.

  45. Natalie Crossan
    09/04/2018 / 10:21 pm

    Lots of regular changes and a protective barrier x

  46. leanne weir
    09/04/2018 / 11:09 pm

    Regular changes and barrier creams

  47. Tee Simpson
    09/04/2018 / 11:37 pm

    We have lots of nappy feee time

  48. Hannah Irish
    10/04/2018 / 6:02 am

    Definitely regular changes and let them air dry between changes

  49. Claire Glace
    10/04/2018 / 9:58 am

    Regular nappy changes and lots of warm water washing….

  50. Karen Barrett
    10/04/2018 / 12:09 pm

    Lie baby on a towel without a nappy to allow fresh air to get to the skin

  51. Deborah Curwen
    10/04/2018 / 12:18 pm

    Changing his nappy regularly, making sure he’s properly dry after his bath and we’ve been using Bepanthen as and when required (especially while teething)

  52. Julie
    10/04/2018 / 9:58 pm

    Regular no nappy time to let skin breathe and a barrier cream like Bepanthen

  53. 10/04/2018 / 10:17 pm

    Regular changing and trying to let them get some air!

  54. melanie stirling
    11/04/2018 / 12:24 am

    By cleaning with warm water at every change and applying a barrier cream.

  55. Lindsey Jones
    11/04/2018 / 7:09 am

    Regular changes and barrier cream

  56. beccabarnessheffield
    11/04/2018 / 10:17 am

    Changing the nappy regularly and making sure they’re in the right size!

  57. Rich Tyler
    11/04/2018 / 4:21 pm

    Bum out time n checking from time to time

  58. Cat S8ms
    11/04/2018 / 4:42 pm

    Regular changing and a chemical free wipe

  59. Diane Carey
    11/04/2018 / 5:28 pm

    My granddaughter is changed regularly and sometimes left with no nappy for a while for her skin to breathe. Bepanthen is used when needed. She also wears the same brand of nappies all the time

  60. Hannah Scudder
    12/04/2018 / 1:16 pm

    Regular changing and applying a cream.

  61. Sinead ORourke
    12/04/2018 / 1:53 pm

    If possible use cotton nappies rather than disposable ones.

  62. simon tutthill
    12/04/2018 / 6:29 pm

    Changing the nappy regularly always helps prevent any problems

  63. Leila Benhamida
    13/04/2018 / 9:55 am

    Change nappy often is the best thing and I usually use sudocream if there is any irritation.

  64. Helen Stratton
    13/04/2018 / 10:13 pm

    Make sure she doesn’t sit in a dirty nappy for any time and clean area properly. We have recently started using the reusable wipes and they are great!

  65. hayley pemberton
    15/04/2018 / 7:47 pm

    i let her have regular nappy free times

  66. Jessi
    17/04/2018 / 6:52 pm

    No nappy time everyday, always make sure it’s dry before putting a new nappy on and change often. I also use cream as soon as it looks a little red and it’s usually gone by the next change.

  67. Amanda Graham
    18/04/2018 / 9:52 am

    I haven’t had any practice yet but getting some good tips for when the time comes!

  68. 18/04/2018 / 11:31 am

    Changing regularly and allowing nappy free time regularly

  69. Lisa Wilkinson
    18/04/2018 / 12:51 pm

    We let her have no nappy time as often as possible

  70. Kyomi Johnson
    18/04/2018 / 7:02 pm

    Don’t leave the nappy on for too long and try to air as much as you can would be great to win for my little niece

  71. 20/04/2018 / 2:51 pm

    Changing nappy regularly and use cream.

  72. 21/04/2018 / 11:13 pm

    i used to be a fan of warm water and cotton wool in the early days and using a good quality cream like bapanthen. would love to win this for my baby nephew to get him off to a good start. x

  73. Emma C
    22/04/2018 / 1:39 pm

    Regular changes and lots of air time

  74. Angela Treadway
    22/04/2018 / 2:22 pm

    by putting nappy rash barrier cream everytime you change thier bum and try to let the air get to thier bum for as long as possible everyday x

  75. Judith Allen
    22/04/2018 / 4:56 pm

    Keep baby’s skin clean and dry carefully after bathtime.

  76. Kerryn Johnson
    22/04/2018 / 5:51 pm

    Have nappy free time

  77. Michelle Ferguson
    22/04/2018 / 6:11 pm

    I always use cream and make sure they aren’t in their nappy all the time

  78. Caron Twyman
    22/04/2018 / 6:45 pm

    Change nappy as soon as wet/dirty. Let bottom have some air time .

  79. Ana Nowell
    22/04/2018 / 9:18 pm

    Nappy free time and using water and cotton wool

  80. Jen Oconnell
    22/04/2018 / 10:13 pm

    Lots of no nappy time!

  81. Emma Thackery
    23/04/2018 / 9:36 am

    Nappy free time and a barrier cream if needes

  82. Angela W
    23/04/2018 / 10:52 am

    I make sure his nappy is changed regular so he isn’t sat in wet nappies and once I have cleaned him up make sure he is dry before putting on the clean nappy

  83. Joo Dee
    23/04/2018 / 12:43 pm

    would be an ideal gift for niece! thanks lets them go nappieless!

  84. Any Denney
    23/04/2018 / 6:52 pm

    Change nappy as soon as wet or soiled. Air and use barrier cream. Use cotton wool balls instead of wipes as alcohol in wipes and makes the nappy rash worse

  85. Charlene
    23/04/2018 / 7:03 pm

    This nappy creme I’ve heard so many great things about it and winning would mean I could trial it. I’ve been using prescribed sudocreme ever since my daughter was born on her bum and a rash around her neck. So this would be a nice change to trial out. My top tips currently are to never let baby stay in wet nappies for more than needed three hours max I say two if you can. Also when wiping bottoms make sure you let him dry first before red appkying the bum creme and putting a fresh nappy on. Prevention is always better than cure so every change we apply the creme. Xx

  86. Laura Pritchard
    23/04/2018 / 9:09 pm

    Not a huge amount, but if we use wipes we make sure we dry the bum.

  87. Ellie Welch
    24/04/2018 / 6:09 am

    an old wives tale is to use egg whites on nappy rash

  88. Carrie-Anne Brown
    24/04/2018 / 2:19 pm

    We have nappy free time each day, this seems to work wonders for our little one :)

  89. Hannah Wright
    24/04/2018 / 2:35 pm

    Change regularly and air when possible

  90. Elizabeth chew
    25/04/2018 / 12:07 pm

    Bath every night, change often

  91. Carole Nott
    25/04/2018 / 2:58 pm

    Essential good hygiene and plenty of cream

  92. Susan B
    25/04/2018 / 5:54 pm

    Change nappy frequently, clean and cream and allow the child to go nappy free for short periods in summer.

  93. Lou Taylor
    25/04/2018 / 7:11 pm

    I give my LO plenty of nappy free time, especially when his botty is a bit red

  94. mandydoherty65
    25/04/2018 / 8:41 pm

    Nappy free time and Bepanthen cream when needed

  95. Michelle Newman
    25/04/2018 / 9:01 pm

    I change the nappies frequently and also give as much nappy off time as possible

  96. Dean T
    25/04/2018 / 11:19 pm

    By letting them go bum free!! And changing as fast as humanly possible

  97. AMANDA W
    26/04/2018 / 1:16 pm

    regular no nappy time works well in our house!

  98. EJ Dunn
    26/04/2018 / 9:33 pm

    I switch between bepanthen and metanium every couple of weeks as I find my daughter gets a rash if we use one for too long. I also don’t cream every 3rd change. My sister works in childcare and suggested this. We bathe my daughter every night as well.

  99. caroline bellamy
    26/04/2018 / 10:41 pm

    Bare Bottom when I can, change him as quickly as I can when dirty, and bepanthen when his bottom is red

  100. Jamie Millard
    27/04/2018 / 12:47 am

    Changing nappy quickly and frequently, nappy free time, and using bepanthen.

  101. carol boffey
    27/04/2018 / 12:46 pm

    Nappy free time

  102. Emma Price
    27/04/2018 / 3:35 pm

    I use Sudacrem and try to make our little one go without a nappy as much as possible

  103. Katie W
    27/04/2018 / 4:22 pm

    regular changes with air time if possible

  104. Tracy Newton
    27/04/2018 / 6:16 pm

    Regular nappy changes and a barrier of cream each time

  105. Victoria Prince
    27/04/2018 / 7:29 pm

    By trying not to leave a wet nappy on too long, and making sure they are properly dry before putting a clean one on

  106. Diana
    27/04/2018 / 9:17 pm

    Bepanthen works so well on my daughter’s nappy rash

  107. Maria P
    27/04/2018 / 10:48 pm

    changing nappies frequently and dry skin before covering again

  108. Janice Mackin
    27/04/2018 / 10:59 pm

    Have lots of nappy free time.

  109. Ashley Phillips
    27/04/2018 / 11:30 pm

    Let them go without a nappy when possible and make sure they are clean and dry before putting a new nappy on. Only discovered Bepanthen with my second child but I’ve never looked back

  110. Carly Belsey
    28/04/2018 / 5:52 am

    Lots of nappy free time – bring on the warm sun again as this always helps when they can run around free in the garden

  111. AbbyP
    28/04/2018 / 6:57 am

    Change nappy regularly
    Some nappy free time

  112. paula cheadle
    28/04/2018 / 7:24 am

    change nappy regular, make sure you clean bottom properly

  113. Louise Davidson
    28/04/2018 / 9:23 am

    Expecting my first. Need all these tips lol

  114. Cupcake R
    28/04/2018 / 9:50 am

    Change nappies regularly and bepanthen is great!

  115. janine atkin
    28/04/2018 / 9:59 am

    changing often and using cream

  116. Emma Smith
    28/04/2018 / 1:59 pm

    Change the nappy as quickly as possible and don’t let it get too wet

  117. Jules page
    28/04/2018 / 3:50 pm

    Keep the area clean and dry,

  118. Faye Reed
    28/04/2018 / 4:43 pm

    I regularly change their nappy, make sure it’s completely dry after cleaning with baby wipes and put a barrier cream on.

    28/04/2018 / 4:54 pm

    I used sudocreme when mine were little and plenty of no nappy time

  120. Toni Pearson
    28/04/2018 / 7:13 pm

    I try to ensure baby gets some nappy free time daily….always makes me nervous though.

  121. Sharon Burroughs
    28/04/2018 / 10:19 pm

    I change nappy often and always apply barrier cream.

  122. Kerry H
    28/04/2018 / 10:33 pm

    I put Bepanthen on my baby as soon as I see any pink skin. It always works!!!

  123. 29/04/2018 / 8:05 am

    As much nappy free time as possible and regular changes, all of mine have also worn different brands of nappy as they seemed to get a rash more often with some!

  124. Charmaine
    29/04/2018 / 8:45 am

    regularly changes and some nappy free time

  125. Allan Fullarton
    29/04/2018 / 11:17 am

    Would love to win, great competition.

  126. Tammy Neal
    29/04/2018 / 11:44 am

    Change baby’s nappy regularly x

  127. Kat
    29/04/2018 / 12:42 pm

    Always apply cream after nappy change.

  128. Shelley Townsend
    29/04/2018 / 2:29 pm

    Baby Is due in 10 weeks and we will have a few changing stations around our home to make life easier!! Bepantham is a must in our house too.. with a toddler and a new born I’m going to be upto my eyeballs in nappies! Wouldn’t have it any other way though!

  129. Ruth Harwood
    29/04/2018 / 2:35 pm

    We try to be careful, we leave her skin to beathe for at least a half hour a day and change her nappy every few hours x

  130. Shelley Townsend
    29/04/2018 / 2:37 pm

    I find the best way to keep nappy rash at bay is to make sure baby/child has plenty of frequent nappy changes using Bepantham as a barrier!

  131. natalee gosiewski
    29/04/2018 / 3:02 pm

    sometimes i use talc and let lil one have time out nappy and i always use barrier cream bepanthen suda creme shops own brand every nappy change when i put nappy on

  132. Emma Davison
    29/04/2018 / 3:37 pm

    Regular changes and bepanthen

  133. Cerys John
    29/04/2018 / 4:11 pm

    Change nappies regularly :)

  134. Sam fitch
    29/04/2018 / 5:13 pm

    Fab prize

  135. 29/04/2018 / 6:21 pm

    We love bepanthen in our house as it’s really good in preventing and curing nappy rash. My top tip is to keep the bum as dry as possible with loads of airing.

  136. elaine stokes
    29/04/2018 / 7:15 pm

    no nappy time as much as possible, and plenty of cream at every change

  137. Michelle Clark
    29/04/2018 / 7:41 pm

    I love this blog, so useful

  138. Marie Rungapadiachy
    29/04/2018 / 8:25 pm

    I change the nappies regularly and use nappy cream to protect against nappy rash.

  139. 29/04/2018 / 8:40 pm

    My top tip is, to change the nappy as soon as possible, wipe throughly with sensative wipes ensuring that the creases and folds are wiped throughly. Use a very thin barrier cream such as Bepanthen because too much barrier cream can sometimes hinder the nappy ability to absorb moisture. ♡

  140. Michelle
    29/04/2018 / 9:06 pm

    Regular airing and changes

  141. Hannah Smalley
    29/04/2018 / 9:25 pm

    I found with my first that I could only use fragrance free wipes for the first year plus some time without the nappy on, when he needed bepanthen applying he would start wriggling so I’d give him a toy to distract him and allow me time to thoroughly apply the magic cream!

  142. kirsty thompson
    29/04/2018 / 9:40 pm

    i use vasaline as a barrier

  143. Adrian Bold
    29/04/2018 / 11:29 pm

    Regular nappy changes and plenty of barrier creams.

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