Safety in Diaper Changes

A recently published study indicated that about 2,000 babies end up in an emergency room every year after falling while having their diaper changed. Moms and dads know how wiggly even their youngest ones can be during a diaper change. Their legs wiggle and jerk, their bodies rock from side to side and before they are only a few months old, they are rolling. Diaper changing is a time ripe for accidents and it’s important to take precautions when it comes to changing their diapers.

If you use a changing table, make sure it has raised sides. If the table doesn’t, choose a table pad that does have raised sides. This can help contain a wiggling baby if they want to roll off. Be wary of slippery surfaces either on the table or on the changing pad itself.

A few more tips to help you keep your baby safe during a diaper change:

  • Keep your supplies where you can reach them, but not where the baby can. You shouldn’t have to step away from the table to get a diaper, a wipe or a talc powder.
  • Use the safety belt, even when you think you are only stepping away for a second. Definitely use it when you are using a changing table in a public bathroom.
  • Practice, while the baby is young, keeping one hand on the baby at all times.
  • If you have to go elsewhere to get something for the baby – take the baby with you
  • If you use a bed to change the baby, do it in the middle of the bed
  • Older babies may prefer the floor for changing, where there is no risk of falling

Safety starts at home and when it comes to your baby, even a small fall can hurt them dramatically. Don’t let a moment’s mischance to look away send you to an emergency room with your tiny one.

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About Heather Long

Heather Long is 35 years old and currently lives in Wylie, Texas. She has been a freelance writer for six years. Her husband and she met while working together at America Online over ten years ago. They have a beautiful daughter who just turned five years old. She is learning to read and preparing for kindergarten in the fall. An author of more than 300 articles and 500+ web copy pieces, Heather has also written three books as a ghostwriter. Empty Canoe Publishing accepted a novel of her own. A former horse breeder, Heather used to get most of her exercise outside. In late 2004, early 2005 Heather started studying fitness full time in order to get herself back into shape. Heather worked with a personal trainer for six months and works out regularly. She enjoys shaking up her routine and checking out new exercises. Her current favorites are the treadmill (she walks up to 90 minutes daily) and doing yoga for stretching. She also performs strength training two to three times a week. Her goals include performing in a marathon such as the Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness or Team in Training for Lymphoma research. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience through the fitness and marriage blogs.