The changing station
More than 5000! That is the amount of diapers, you can expect to change during your child’s first 3 years. Most changes will hopefully happen on a well-equipped changing station. We will give you some pointers on how to pick the best solution for you and your child.
You have to consider a great many things when creating a changing station. Where should it be located and how much surplus space does that room have? Is it necessary to move the changing station out of the bathroom – and then how do you get access to water?
When choosing a changing station, you have to remember that it is a work station. A lot of people tend to focus mainly on the decorations and coziness of the situation, while forgetting the practical details.
The optimal placement of the changing station is next to a tap with running water. For that the bathroom is the obvious choice, but some choose the kitchen or the utility room if space is an issue.
Some place the changing station in the bedroom because it has space or because they want to keep all the baby items in one place. When you don’t have access to running water, you can use a small wash bowl. Some bowls are divided into several spaces so you have water for both the ’head and the tail’. During the day – and especially during the night – you should keep lukewarm water in a thermos for easy access.
No matter where you place your changing station, it is important to keep necessities nearby. These include diapers, wash cloths, water, clean clothes, lotions, nail clippers and cotton swaps among others. They should be easy to reach so you don’t have to leave the station during a change. If you need to turn away from the station, it is recommended to place your child on the floor or place a hand on the babys belly so you know the baby is lying safely on the changing station. Also keep in mind that the station should have the correct height so you don’t strain your back when using it.
Size of the furniture
Only few people have unlimited space in the children’s room or bathroom. Luckily there are a number of solutions to this.
If you have the station in a small bathroom, consider using a wall hanging changing station that can fold up when not in use. You can also choose a standing changing station that won’t take up too much space but still contains everything you need.
If you have plenty of space, for instance in the child’s room, you can choose a dresser with a dressing top. The dressing top transforms the dresser into a practical changing station and when your child no longer need diapers, you can remove the dressing top. After that, the dresser can be used to store all sorts of things in the years to come.
Changing time is bonding time
Even though it rarely is downright lovely to handle a used diaper, the time you spend changing your child is a perfect opportunity to bond. It gives you the opporunity to talk to your child and share a lot of important eye and physical contact. This makes your child grow accustomed to you and to the process of changing diapers.
When your child grows – and grows restless – you might want to consider having a toy nearby for entertainment. However, the changing station should be kept fairly neat so neither you nor your child’s attention on this quality time goes out the window.
Checklist for the changing station
- Tub or bowl for water, with one or two spaces
- Soft towels or fabric diapers
- Wash cloths (soft disposable or cotton cloths)
- Clean clothes
- An extra pacifier
- Lotions, soap and the like
- Manicure set and cotton swabs
- Optional: a thermos with lukewarm water
- Optional: a bin for used diapers