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
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.