When do you quit using the changing table?

United States
February 16, 2007 4:36pm CST
My daughter is 15 mos. old and has always been a happy, easy going kiddo. Lately, when I go to change her diaper, she is rolling over a lot, kicking, and she's really 'wiggly'. She's not crying or upset - it's more like a game....but I'm wondering if she's just too old to be up on the changing table, and it's time to change to the next stage. And then, what DO you do next? Change them on the floor? Change them standing up? I don't see that working with a really poopy diaper, but I'd like to know what to try next that will be safer and easier for both of us. Thanks so much for your help!
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24 responses
• United States
16 Feb 07
I've never used a changing table myself, just the floor. But I know what you mean about getting all wiggly! My 18 month old son likes to squirm around all over the place and sometimes I feel like the pit crew on Nascar trying to change him! The only thing I can suggest that works for me most of the time is to give them something to hold and look at while you change them. I usually give my son my cell phone and that keeps him still long enough for me to change him. Good luck!
• United States
16 Feb 07
You know, if I remember (lol) to give her a little stuffed toy or ask her questions (where are your eyes? where are your ears?) she is much calmer. Thanks for that reminder! It could be that she's just bored. I really appreciate your input!
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• United States
16 Feb 07
Changing the baby's diaper - Just keep her safe!
For safety issues, I would probably stop changing her on the changing station. You just never know. And God forbid that she fell down. Oye! I used to change mine on the floor over a changing pad, always! Sometimes on the bed, but always with a changing pad under them. One of the worst and awkward stages is to change them in a public bathroom, ugh! I hated that. Those changing tables that are on the walls are just so rickety, I always felt that the whole thing would fall down and my kid with it. I also hated the fact that other moms had changed their messy kids on there and the thought of the contamination just grossed me out. Your best bet, is try to potty train her already. Go to DRPHIL.com and go to his potty training section, if its still there. I potty trained my kids in one day with his method. Good luck!
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• United States
16 Feb 07
Thanks for the input! I have some changing pads, and I think I'll try using those on the floor. At 15 months, I don't think she's quite ready for potty training. She's not showing a lot of interest/awareness in all that just yet, but I will check out the site, because that day will come, before I know it. Thanks for your help!
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• United States
16 Feb 07
Well ... for what its worth .. I never had a changing table at all for any of mine. When they were tiny (6mths and under or so) before they were down on the floor to play and such, I would change them on my bed or couch. Once they got old enough they were down on the floor anyway part of the time (to play and such) I just changed them on the floor. Now, I used a changing pad on bed/couch and floor when changing a "poopy" until they were old enough to cooperate more. I have also been known to change a wet diaper with a child standing up, but that it harder and only works if you are using disposable diapers. . . lol If your daughter is wiggly and rolling I would definitely recommend the floor .. she can't fall off it!
• United States
16 Feb 07
You know, I don't know that mine is a 'real' changing table - it's this neat curved foam thing that is on top of the dresser. It was given to us at the baby shower, so I've used it, and it's been helpful for my back, for the most part! I am using disposables now (I did cloth for about the first 9 mos), so I could probably start taking her into the bathroom and changing her standing up in there...or put a towel on the floor....so that it's an early early stage of toilet learning - that 'potty stuff happens in the bathroom'. Thanks for the reply - much appreciated!!
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@shadifd (149)
• Syria
17 Feb 07
I've never used a changing table myself. We have done that with all the kids since they were born. we always used our legs to hold their arms down,and they enjoyed it.
@emarie (5455)
• United States
17 Feb 07
i've put my son on there while he was 3...they don't move around too much because they don't want to fall, i tell them its okay and mommy won't let them fall but they stopped wiggling a long time ago when i changed them. as long as they're in daipers they're going on the changing table, if they have one. i would just tell her to keep still. and of course use the straps (if they work) thats what they're there for. i have changed my kids on the floor, not the most fun experience, but if there's no changing table you have to. just bring a blanket with you so in case she won't sit still put her on the floor in the handicap stall. you can change them just about anywhere there's a flat surface. they don't really mind, they just want it off.
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• United States
17 Feb 07
I never had this problem because we never had a changing table. It is much easier to just lay them on the floor between your legs and change them that way. We have done that with all the kids since they were born. It really helps when they are toddler and want to try and squirm away. I always used my legs to hold their arms down. Sounds mean but you have to do what you have to do to change them. My son was so strong as a toddler there were times it took both me and my husband to hold him down--it was crazy.
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@Michele21 (3095)
• United States
17 Feb 07
My son is fixing to be 2 and I still put him on the changing table. I usually havre to hold him down though =) But usually I just change him in the living room on the couch, unless it is a poopy, I don't want that accidentally getting on the couch =) You can always lat down a blanket or towel, that way if it gets dirty you can just throw it in the wash.
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@_hope_ (3917)
• Australia
17 Feb 07
to be honest i had five children and have never used a change table with any of them .I use to place a towel on the table and change the little ones on it when new but then preferred to place a towel on the floor and change them there i would usually let the bubs have a kick around with out any nappy on for a while they enjoyed it too
• United States
17 Feb 07
If you're still planning to use the changing table, you can give her a toy to distract her. My son is almost 2 and I still use the changing table just cos' it's easier on my back. But he needs to have a toy else he'll turn into Mr Squirmy as well. If the toy doesn't work then definitely start changing her on the floor.
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@vmoore709 (1102)
• United States
17 Feb 07
Once my kids became almost as long as the changing table, I moved to the floor. It just works better, especially when they decide they want to play during changing time. I have tried to change them standing before since they were wanting to just "go", but it was a little difficult and I try very hard to never have to do it agian. :o)
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• Canada
17 Feb 07
i only used the changing table for a few months. i'd usually just change my daughter on the floor or on the couch. you can buy just a little changing mat that folds up to put under her while you change her. the kind you get for on the go in the diaper bag.
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• Canada
17 Feb 07
As long as you always stay with her she should still be fine on the change table . I have a change table but always found it easier to change mine on the floor or the couch and I used the change table to hold everything but we all have our ways that we find easier for us , I don't see why you would have to quit using it .
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@babystar1 (4236)
• United States
17 Feb 07
I never used a changing table for my kids. I changed the n in there crib, or on my bed. I also have a very large batheroom with a lone counter top and I would lay them on a blanket on the counter top, and change them there. When they got older between 9 and older I changed them on the floor. When my kids got older they did not lay still either they also rolled around, all kids do this.
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• United States
17 Feb 07
My daughter who is going to be 2 this week and I still use a changing table. I went through that whole stage of her wiggling and kicking. I will use a changing table until she is out of diapers.
@yamiboo (466)
• Philippines
17 Feb 07
I never got to use our portable changing table (the one that came with the Graco playard) for changing my daughter's diapers. She was so tiny and I was scared that she might not feel comfortable on it, plus the fact that I think I didn't know how to use it then. So we ended up changing her from our bed (diaper station within arm's reach) but using a very thick and large changing pad. For my son, we used it till he was around 2 months old. This time, we had a big baby, so we had to move changing him to the bed at around 2 months as we weren't sure if the changing table could actually hold him well, haha. Our bed was really the most convenient for us as it has enough space and the diaper station is within arm's reach. And even when they started rolling around, at least they had space to do so.
@cjthedog64 (1554)
• United States
17 Feb 07
DS is 14 months and very squirmy at times. There's just too much to do to be bothered with laying still. I'll usually give him a book or small toy, or sing him a song. I know that if he's squirming too much, he's probably really tired and needs a nap. Then I get to relax after wrestling with him. LOL!
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• Canada
17 Feb 07
I never had a changing table for any of my kids. I just had a change mat with padded edges on the floor for them. If your child is wriggling a lot when you try to change their diaper, it might be time to think about changing them on the floor - if you don't have a change mat, a folded towel will do. After all, it's safer than having your child roll right off the table if you need to turn your back for one second.
@Sawsen (795)
• United States
17 Feb 07
I've actually never used a changing table lol. My daughter is 9 months old and I've never had to use one before. Usually I'll just change her on the bed or on the floor. I bought a changing table before she was before, but I just never had any use for it. It was always harder to use then the floor. I found the floor to be easier because it was more convenient since she would already be on the floor. But a changing table would take me time to lift her up and get her stuff ready and then place her on the table. So my advice would be to use the floor. Hope that helps.
@linda345 (2661)
• Canada
17 Feb 07
I can't remember how old I used a change table with my kids but we still are with my granddaughter. She is 14 months old now. Most times she cooperates on the change table but sometimes she starts getting wiggly. I think I would stick with the change table for a while more. As long as you hold on to her so she doesn't fall I don't see a problem. If you find it is to difficult try changing her on the floor for a week just to see how that goes. You can always go back.
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@chippy49 (171)
• United States
17 Feb 07
I never had a changing table. to me it was just another piece of furniture and other expence that I could not afford nor wanted to waste my money on. The kid only fits on it for so long. So, since the crib is ajustable, you move it down to what the kid can do. Infant--the highest, crawling--one notch down, and standing--all the way down. I just used the bed, it was not hard for me..and like I said I saved some money. On occasion when I was not in the baby room, then I would use my bed or the floor, if you feel uncomfortable with that, there are baby pads that you can put down under the baby. good luck with your decision.
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