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Changing Your Baby

Changing your Baby’s Diaper is going to be a very frequent daily activity so worth having a well organised changing space and ensuring it is safe.  Decide the most convenient place for you.  Some choose to purchase a changing table and others have a changing pad placed on a dresser.

Changing pads come in 2 types:

  • Traditional Changing Pad – has a cover with a which will need to be regularly changed or have a disposable leakage cover placed over the top each time – be careful that these are not slipping on the surface
  • Wipeable Changing Pad – Many mums will now go for the wipeable option for ease, hygiene and not having to change the cover frequently or use disposable leakage covers.    When choosing one ensure it has a non slip bottom.

At other times in the day it may be more convenient to change them on the floor, countertop, sofa or in their play yard.

General Safety Tips for Changing

The main Safety Points that apply to all changing surfaces include:

    • Changing surface is secure and not able to move.
    • Babies should never be left unsupervised even for a moment when being changed on any surface that is raised above the floor.  This includes changing table, tables, sofas, beds and countertops.
    • One hand should be on them at all times and this applies until they are no longer needing to lie down to be changed.  There are many cases reported where babies have rolled or wriggled off a changing surface which can be prevented by ensuring they are never left even for a moment including turning away.  At the bottom of this post what to do is covered if they do roll or wriggle off their changing surface.
    • Make sure any products that could be harmful are nowhere near enough to reach as babies love to put things in their mouth.
    • If you need to leave them to get something make sure they are placed on a flat non raised surface or take them with you.

Other Safety Tips for Changing Tables

    • Ensure no gaps in the changing table where they can trap their fingers or other body parts
    • Ideally choose a changing table or mat with raised sides
    • Ensure the changing table is sturdy, with no faults and any locking devices working well – if any issues ensure fixed by the manufacturer or change for another type
    • Depending on your changing table or mat design stand on the side or the end – if there is an open side stand facing that side

Changing Hygiene

Alcohol Free Baby Safe Hand Sanitiser is good to have nearby and to use before and after Diaper changes to help prevent spread of infection.  But Hand sanitisers should not be a substitute for hand washing before and after to help prevent spread of infection.  Recommended hand washing techniques are using a liquid soap with water and washing thoroughly your hands and arms using an effective Hand Washing Technique as stated by WHO (World Health Organisation).

The below shows an easy to follow hand washing guide to ensure the cleaning is effective.  Use a clean towel or on time disposable towel to dry.

Ensuring Your Changing Area is Ready

What to Do If Your Baby Rolls Off their Raised Changing Space

If in the event your baby rolls off the changing table pick them up and hold and comfort them.  Do a full check for broken bones, bumps to the head and concussion.  Monitor them closely over the next 24 hours and sleep in the same room.   They may have a small bump if they knocked their head but if any of the below signs are present seek medical help immediately:

    • Anything more than a minor bump showing on the head
    • Pain when touching or moving any area of the body
    • Pain on dressing or undressing your baby
    • Extreme irritability
    • Cannot stop crying.
    • Blood or watery fluid coming from nose or ears
    • Unequal size pupils (the dark centers of the eyes)
    • Excessive sleepiness or difficulty waking up
    • Vomiting

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