Bundle Fact #3: Newborn babies & nappy changes

Newborn babies often cry during nappy changes, this occurs for several reasons:

  1. When newborn babies are lowered to the change table it can trigger their startle reflex (arms will go out suddenly as if they are trying to hold on).
  2. They don’t like the sensation of cold when you remove their clothes.
  3. They feel exposed because they are no longer wrapped up and secure.

It helps to lower baby slowly to the change table keeping them held close as long as possible, that way you are less likely to trigger the startle reflex. Try and talk calmly to your baby during nappy changes to help reassure them they are safe, keep the room warm where possible, and most importantly remain relaxed.