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Keeping Baby Safe on the Diaper Changing Table

Young babies are delicate and need changing soon after soiling their diapers. In the beginning, you may change your child's diaper 9 to 12 times per day. The good news is, this frequency should dwindle as they get older. You're not always at home when the need strikes, but here are some basic tips to help out when you're on the go.

Necessary tools include:

  • Towel or mat to cover the area you will be using the change the diaper on

  • Wipes (warm if possible)

  • Means to dispose of the soiled diaper

  • Cream designed for baby skin

  • Clean diaper

  • Clean clothes (in case of accident)

Some research has suggested that over 60% of falling injuries are among children younger than 5 years of age. Ensure that the changing table is at a height comfortable enough for you to change the diaper without incident. Many tables provided in restrooms come with a safety strap. Using this will help in preventing injuries and accidents. Never leave the child unattended on the table - even if they are strapped on. Report any broken or missing pieces to management. If possible, choose a table with roll-off protection in the form of raised sides. Be sure to observe weight restrictions, if any, mentioned on the manufacturer's instructions.

Ensure potentially hazardous items are out of the child's reach. Pins, bottles, creams or ointments should not be left on the changing table. These objects can easily go into little mouths if the opportunity presents itself.

Do your best to engage them while you are changing the diaper. Some babies cry, fuss, attempt to crawl away or roll over - this can minimize the wriggly octopus from rearing it's ugly head. You can sing a song, talk to your child, provide them with a toy or have background music available. Keeping a similar routine when changing diapers helps your child become accustomed to the task and may make life a little easier.

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