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Changing a diaper when your baby is on the move

Jan. 23, 2020

Changing a diaper when your baby is on the move

A changing table is an easy and convenient place for changing your child’s diaper. However, once your baby learns to roll over, a quick change becomes more difficult.

Dr. Beti Nissan, a pediatrician with Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group, explains how to change your baby safely at home or on the go.

“Once your child starts rolling over, hand them a toy as a distraction to gain yourself another minute. If you’re at home, the safest place to change diapers is on the floor,” recommends Dr. Nissan.

When using a changing table in public, wipe it down first or cover it with a protective cloth. If a changing table is not available, look for a flat surface. “I’ve seen parents use benches, trunks and toilet lids,” says Dr. Nissan.

Regardless of where you’re changing your child, never leave them unattended. “The most important thing is to keep a hand on your child the whole time to prevent an accidental fall. Move them to the stroller or floor before putting away diapers and wipes,” advises Dr. Nissan.

If your baby falls off the changing area, there will be immediate crying, but your child should calm down relatively easily. “Babies are top heavy and tend to fall head first, so forehead bruises are common,” says Dr. Nissan. “However, if your baby continues to cry or act fussy beyond a few minutes after the fall or if there is vomiting, they should get checked by your doctor.”

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