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Changing and dressing the baby

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HealthWiki > A Health Handbook for Women with Disabilities > Chapter 12: Caring for your baby > Changing and dressing the baby

A healthy baby becomes an active, wriggling baby very quickly. Changing his clothing can become more and more difficult as he grows. Try to use clothes that are easy to put on and take off. For example, zippers or strips of Velcro (a strong, fuzzy plastic tape that sticks to itself) are easier to fasten and open than buttons.

If you have physical disabilities

Many women with physical disabilities can safely change and dress their babies on a table or bed, especially if they can sit down. But some women do not have enough balance or body strength to do this. Here are 2 examples of simple wooden tables that will hold the baby safely, and will also not hurt your body. A table can be made to the height that you need.

a woman with one leg standing at a tall changing table; a woman in a wheelchair sitting at a lower table.
Smooth the wood or cover it with a cloth so you and the baby won’t get any splinters.