I thought I had it all figured out. Changing diapers was so easy. All I had to do was lay Avery down on the changing table in her bedroom and change her diaper. If she got fussy or tried to squirm around, I’d distract her the way that I did with my first daughter. I even wrote an entire post on how to make the diaper changing process easier.
I haven’t completely ditched all of my tips for making the process easier, but I have gotten rid of one very big part of the diaper changing process; the changing table.
Avery has made it nearly impossible for me to change her on any elevated surface. Ever since she started to roll over two weeks ago, that is the only thing that she wants to do when she is laid down on her back. I mean, the second that I lay her down, she is off turning to the side. She even has this move where she will arch her back and turn which makes it incredibly hard for me to get her lying flat on her back again.
Because she is extremely squirmy (more so than I’ve ever experienced) I now only change her on the floor. No more changing her on the bed or on her changing table, only an area that I know she can’t roll off of.
Although I am extremely careful and always have my hand on her when I am changing her on an elevated area, I still don’t feel extremely safe with her up there. I might be going a little bit overboard with my paranoia, but I’d always rather be safe than sorry with these types of situations. Since I’ve started changing her on the floor, it has made diaper changing so much more comfortable for both of us. I’m not terrified that she is going to fall off and she has fun rolling as much as she wants.
So for now, we have retired the changing table and the floor has become the official diaper changing space for our house.
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