14 Mar 2012 1 Comment
The average baby will go through as many as 3,000 diapers by the time he is potty trained, which means that your little one will spend plenty of time lying atop baby changing stations. As a good parent, your baby’s health and safety are at the forefront of your concerns, so learning the safest ways to use baby changing stations, both at home and on the go, is worth the time and, fortunately, not difficult to do.
When shopping for a changing table for your baby’s nursery, select one that is sturdy. Make sure the top is wide and long enough to contain your little one easily, and that it includes guardrails around the entire perimeter.
It should provide a safety strap as well, which will be quite handy when your child begins to roll, sit up and crawl on her own. Do not, however, solely rely on this strap to protect your baby from falls. Keep supplies within arm’s reach and never leave her unattended on a changing station, even for a few seconds.
Consider fastening the station to the wall using L brackets, wall anchors and screws. You can find these items at any hardware store. Securing the table in this manner will prevent it from tipping over. Check these fittings as well as the nuts and bolts holding the changing station together on a regular basis. Your child’s weight and movement can potentially cause hardware to come loose or fall out, which will compromise the table’s dependability. When using baby changing stations in public, check it for any problems before placing your little one on it. Make sure it is attached securely to the wall and durable enough to withstand the weight of your child. Cleanliness is another concern with public stations. Always place your own diaper changing pad onto the table prior to use. You can find washable or disposable mats wherever baby supplies are sold.