4 Tips and Tricks for your Changing Table
A baby changing table is a piece of convenient and necessary nursery furniture for a parent or caregiver to change diapers and clothes. It helps alleviate the strain on your back from bending down too often while ensuring that your baby feels safe and comfortable. Moreover, baby changing tables usually come atop a dresser or some form of storage, keeping your nappy-changing supplies in one place and within arms reach.
Here are some tips and tricks on managing this essential station in your nursery.
Tip #1: Location, Location, Location
Most parents prefer to set up their changing area in the nursery at a convenient location – usually by the crib or on top of dresser storage. You will probably be using this station multiple times throughout the day so pick a location that’s easily accessible. Change their diapers every two to three hours if they’re a newborn, then less frequently as they get older.
If you live in a home with multiple storeys, you can consider having a secondary changing station(s) on each floor to save your knees and ankles from having to climb the stairs for each diaper change.
Tip #2: Choose your surface
A changing table is a piece of nursery furniture with a flat, wide and stable top with ample space to secure a changing pad.
Most parents prefer to skip the changing table altogether and pick a dresser + changing pad combination instead. That’s because a changing table becomes obsolete once your baby grows out of diapers (which in reality will come in a blink of an eye!), whereas you’ll get longevity and continuous use out of a dresser. Some popular storage multifunctional dresser options that double up as a changing station include the Hudson 3-Drawer Dresser with Removable Changing Tray and Lolly 3-Drawer Dresser with Removable Changing Tray.
Tip #3: Stocking up
The absolute essentials are diapers, wet wipes, diaper rash cream, diaper pail, or trash can.
You are likely to be doing more than just changing diapers at your changing station (think hair brushing, nail cutting, etc.). Keep other baby supplies organized and well-stocked so you can grab and use them when the need arises urgently. Other changing essentials we recommend are:
• Hand sanitizer
• Baby lotion
• Hairbrush and comb
• Nasal aspirator and saline spray
• Baby nail clippers
• A small toy, rattle, or teether
Tip #4: Safety first
Some very important safety tips when you are using the changing table:
1. Use the safety belt every time you change your baby
2. Never leave your baby unattended even when they are secured by the safety belt
3. Always have one hand on your baby
4. Keep supplies within your reach but out of your baby's reach
5. Stop using your changing table when your baby reaches the age or weight limit recommended by the manufacturer (typically 2 years old, or approx. 13kg)
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Changing stations work best on a designated storage dresser as it gives you the optimum height level for your back while keeping it space-efficient and relevant in the long run. You can expect to go through 8-10 diapers a day, or even more! So make sure you choose your changing table wisely.
Feel free to drop by our showroom to check out and find out more about our extensive selection of dresser changing stations! Look for other nursing furniture or essentials while you’re at it too. With such a great range of variety, you’ll definitely be spoiled for choice!