Safer Diaper Changes

by Jessica Cumberbatch

Safer Diaper Changes

Every year about 2,000 babies end up in emergency rooms after falling off changing
tables. To be safe:

• If your table doesn’t have raised sides, make sure the pad does. Starting this year, pads sold separately should have contoured sides and nonslip surfaces.

• Stash supplies within your reach, but not hers.

• Be especially careful when your baby’s between 7 and 12 months  — prime time for rolling over. Even if you use the safety belt, you should still keep one hand on your little squirmer at all times.