Safety Saturday: Changing Tables

Changing Tables hold the dreams of all new parents.  Their hopes of being organized and well-prepared are quickly dashed as everything starts piling up and your once pristine changing pad is glorified storage.  Resist the temptation to leave the mismatched socks on top because changing tables can be a great tool to keep everything in one place and help give tired parents relief from bending over baby or picking up and down from the floor.  So shove those clothes into the drawers (you’ll go through them one day) and follow these safety tips when finally putting yours to good use.

 

  • The Golden Rule: Never leave baby unattended.  This includes before they can even roll.  Some babies are direct descendants of Houdini and can escape from that changing table faster than you can find the wipes.  Make sure you have everything you need and always watch your baby to avoid dangerous falls.
  • Keep all creams, ointments and medicines out of baby’s reach.  You want to prevent your little one from putting anything in their mouth that could be dangerous for them to ingest.
  • Be sure to use the strap of the changing pad to help secure baby.  Never rely on the strap alone, always keep one hand on baby.
  • Stop using your changing table when your little one reaches the age or weight limit outlined in the manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • As your child becomes more mobile, be sure that all drawers on your changing table are shut to avoid climbing.  Anchor the changing table to the wall to prevent any tip over incidents.

Fun tips:

  • Tape family pictures, letters or numbers to the sides or roof of your changing table to give baby something to look at while you are changing him/her.
  • Wear a fun hat or googly headband to keep baby entertained while changing!

 

Look for the Seal: In the market for a new Changing Table?  Check out this list of certified changing tables that are part of the JPMA Certification Program.  The seal exemplifies a manufacturer’s commitment to safety and proves that a manufacturer has tested their product annually to an established standard.  Manufacturers participating in the certification program are held to high standards and are obligated to meet those principles with every product.