Health Tip: Change Diapers Safely

-- A changing table makes dressing and changing baby easier, but it can lead to injury if used improperly.

The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these changing-table safety tips:

  • Make sure the table is sturdy and has a 2-inch guard rail that completely surrounds the table.
  • Ensure that the table top is concave, with the sides slightly raised above the middle.
  • Always buckle your baby in with the safety strap, but don't trust it to fully protect the child.
  • Always stay with baby when the infant is on the changing table.
  • Keep a supply of diapers, wipes, baby powder and other accessories close by, so you don't have leave the table to get them.
  • Don't let baby hold or play with baby powder or disposable diapers.

Posted: May 2010


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