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by Guest
Posted August 4 2010 02:54pm

Change tables, or changing tables, are an easy place to diaper or dress baby. Most change tables stand at a comfortable level for the diaper changer, and are equipped with shelves or drawers to keep diapers, wipes, ointment and toys (to help keep the baby busy) within easy reach.
 
Each year, far too many babies are injured when they roll off a change table, bed or sofa. An active baby can roll over and fall from a change table in the few seconds it takes to reach for a diaper.
 
Choosing a safe change table:
 

  • Check that the change table h has a sturdy base to keep it from tipping. Change tables that are wide and lower to the ground are sturdier than those with higher, narrow bases.
  • Choose a change table with drawers or shelves to make it easy to reach items like towels and diapers without leaving your baby unattended. 
  • Choose a change table with restraining straps, or restraining barriers on all four sides.  
  • Don’t choose a removable change table that sits on top of a regular dresser, unless you are prepared to screw the change table onto the top of the dresser. Change tables that are not stationary present a greater danger of the baby (and the entire table) falling.

 
Change table safety:
 

  • Keep all change items right beside you. If you need to get something that is out of reach, take your baby with you.
  • Keep one hand on your baby at all times when they are on the change table. 
  • Use the safety straps at all times. 
  • Never leave your child alone on a change table, even if she is strapped on. 
  • Don’t allow other children to climb the change table by using the table’s shelves or drawers

 
 

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