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Changing Table Tips
The changing table should have a safety strap and be at waist level, with sturdy legs to support your baby during changes. Some tables contain drawers for storing extra diapers, baby lotion, baby wipes and other items. Keep them out of your baby's reach. You can install a storage shelf above a drawerless changing table by mounting it on three (one at each end and one in the middle) L-shaped brackets. Always use the safety strap and keep one hand on your baby when reaching for items on the shelf or in the drawer. Never leave your baby alone on a changing table.
A changing pad '- a large foam pad covered with water-resistant washable material '- is another option. You can place it on the floor or other flat surface, where you can then change, sponge-bathe and dress your baby.
Diaper Pail Pointers
A diaper pail stores soiled diapers until they're disposed of or washed. Line the pail with thick plastic, and clean the pail weekly with a disinfectant solution. Use a secure lid, and keep the pail away from small children who may be curious about its contents.
To avoid skin rashes, wash baby clothes, towels and bedding separately in a mild, unscented detergent and use an unscented fabric softener as well. Store your baby's items in a cabinet or dresser separately from other family laundry.
Rocking in a rocking chair helps relieve gas and cramping during the postpartum period while offering an opportunity to hold and talk to your child. And the rocking will soothe your baby. Just be sure another child isn't crawling nearby to avoid rocking over a small hand or foot.
A monitor allows you to hear your child '- or see a sound-activated blinking light '- when you're out of the room. And for night or naptime peeks, a small nursery lamp with a low-wattage bulb offers just enough light to check on your infant but not enough to keep her from sleeping.
Planning a new baby's room or area can be exciting. Taking the proper safety measures will help assure you that your child is both safe and secure.