Even when my boys were red in the face and screaming like banshees, gently placing them on their changing tables would instantly melt away the tears and quickly turn their frowns into million-dollar smiles. Thinking that I owned a magical piece of furniture, I told my friends about my discovery only to learn that they had similar experiences. I decided to perform a little experiment to see if I could market my instant baby calmer as a miracle product. I moved the changing pad to the floor and had the same reaction. I tested public changing stations, and my son instantly turned on the smile. I even tried using the changing pad on a grassy knoll in the park, and my tyke immediately gazed at me with a glimmer in his eyes. It was then that I learned the secret nobody told me: changing pads are another word for instant baby calmer.
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Every mama has her bag of tricks to soothe her infant out of a frenzy. Some newborns like to be bounced and others simply melt at the first note of a lullaby. While I was a devotee of Dr. Harvey Karp's Happiest Baby on the Block methods for calming my tots, I found that simply placing them on their changing table was the lil trick that always worked.