HOW TO SET UP A DI­A­PER CHANG­ING STA­TION?

Here’s how you can cre­ate an ef­fi­cient and or­gan­ised space to en­sure a pleas­ant chang­ing ex­pe­ri­ence

Mother & Baby - - CONTENTS - BY TA­NIA TARAFDAR

Cre­ate an ef­fi­cient and or­gan­ised chang­ing space

Be­ing a new par­ent re­quires or­gan­i­sa­tion and pa­tience, and tak­ing a cou­ple of deep breaths. It can be a life­saver to have ev­ery­thing you need to be stocked up and in a des­ig­nated space, es­pe­cially when it comes to di­a­per chang­ing sta­tions. New­borns alone go through a dozen di­a­pers in a sin­gle day. Stock­ing up on chang­ing ta­ble es­sen­tials and putting them in a con­ve­nient lo­ca­tion can make your life a lot eas­ier. Some­times,

the baby poops or pees while chang­ing so hav­ing a di­a­per chang­ing sta­tion would mean that you don’t go around clean­ing your en­tire house. Here’s how you can set up a di­a­per chang­ing sta­tion to make it safe, func­tional and com­fort­able for your baby.

THINK ABOUT HOW YOU WORK

It might sound funny, but you need to think about the di­rec­tion you work when chang­ing your baby. If you pre­fer to po­si­tion the baby’s head at the top of the chang­ing ta­ble, ar­range items to the left of her head. If you’d rather have her head at the end of the chang­ing ta­ble, ar­range all items to the right. Next, to your chang­ing ta­ble, keep a di­a­per pail with a tight lid. This makes it easy to dis­pose of soiled di­a­pers and helps to con­tain odours. Also, keep the di­a­per chang­ing area clean with a baby-friendly and non-toxic clean­ing spray. It can be wise to test out a few dif­fer­ent set­ups to see which one feels the most com­fort­able.

SELECT A COM­FORT­ABLE HEIGHT

It is com­pletely ac­cept­able to use any­thing other than a ded­i­cated chang­ing ta­ble as a base. You can get cre­ative, and use a book­shelf or even a dresser. Just make sure that it is at the right height so you are not caus­ing ex­tra strain on your back. Lean­ing over less to change a di­a­per can keep your back more com­fort­able. Ac­cord­ing to ex­perts, the sur­face height should land be­tween 36 to 43 inches. If you’re us­ing a re­pur­posed chang­ing ta­ble, be safe and in­vest in a chang­ing pad with ad­justable

STORE EX­TRAS TO HAVE ON HAND

There’s noth­ing worse than run­ning out of di­a­pers or wipes. Keep the chang­ing ta­ble stocked with ex­tras that have al­ready been taken out of their pack­ag­ing so you can eas­ily grab more. Also, place a few ex­tra out­fits in the draw­ers or stor­age bas­kets un­der­neath the chang­ing ta­ble in case you need to quickly change soiled clothes. Like­wise, con­sider hav­ing a spare chang­ing ta­ble cover on hand in case the one that you’re us­ing re­quires more than just a quick wipe down. “I like to have a bas­ket right on the sur­face of the chang­ing area with plenty of di­a­pers and wipes for quick ac­cess. Clearly, I’m go­ing to need these things at every sin­gle di­a­per change, so why put them any­where else? I keep ex­tra di­a­pers in the closet and re­fill this fab­ric bas­ket when it is run­ning low,” says Pan­chali Mukher­jee, mum to one-year-old Lia.

STOCK ES­SEN­TIALS HIGH UP

You may think stor­ing wipes and di­a­pers in the top drawer makes them easy to reach, but it is ac­tu­ally smarter to make a se­cure shelf above the baby so you can leave a hand on your new­born — and main­tain eye con­tact while reach­ing for what you want. Be­sides, it also keeps things out of her reach as she gets older. How­ever, you can al­ways use a wall or­gan­iser if you’re un­able to hang a shelf or are tight on space.

OR­GAN­ISE FOR YOUR NEEDS

Along with hav­ing all the ba­sics on hand, like di­a­pers, wipes, and baby lo­tions, hav­ing a cou­ple of other items close by can also a big help when deal­ing with a fussy tod­dler. From ex­tra paci­fiers to swad­dles, make sure you are ready for what­ever might come up. “My baby girl al­ways gets cranky while chang­ing, so a rat­tle al­ways helps to calm her down,” says Anita Thadani. While there’s no way to get out of chang­ing those thou­sands of di­a­pers in your baby’s first few months of life, set­ting up your chang­ing sta­tion prop­erly can make the process as pleas­ant as pos­si­ble. Use these tips to get started. Then, make ad­just­ments to meet you and your baby’s needs.

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