A changing table is a small elevated platform designed to allow a caregiver to change a baby’s nappy. It insures that you will be taking care of your baby’s needs with ease and comfort. One of the many benefits of a baby change table is that it allows you to keep all changing things in one area so there’s no chance that you need to leave your baby on changing table just to look for missing items when it’s time for a nappy change.
You can use a toy to distract a baby long enough to hopefully stop squirming, making the nappy change a little easier. Some people even place overhead diversions such as mobiles as a distraction. For you to see the benefits and safety precautions about changing tables, please read below.
Safety is the most important thing you need to consider upon choosing a good changing table. Find a changing table that is safe for the baby. Check the table for durability and measurement. Side rails that prevent the baby from rolling off the table are very helpful, especially for active babies. The top of the changing table should be concave with the middle slightly lower than the sides. It should have enough space to allow you to keep nappy supplies within reach, so your baby is not left unattended.
Nappy changing tables come in many sizes and shapes. It is a good idea for you to consider the height of the changing table and make sure that it is easy for you to reach out and perform nappy changing without causing muscle strain. The last thing you want is to buy something which is to low causing back strain or one which is too high and causes you to have to reach.
The space you have will influence what type of baby change table you get, whether it be the full unit, a table mounted on the wall or one which goes across the COT. New parents are often young and living in small accommodation so there is a real need to plan the space and use the nursery budget carefully. If the space of your room is too small, the only solution is to invest in the smallest baby changing table available. Baby changing tables designed for the home and dressers with changing tops generally have a changing surface area of little more than 50cm x 80cm or, in inches, 20″ x 32″.
Parents who are planning to buy a changing table for their newborn baby may be quite surprised at the options they have to choose from. To choose a good changing table, look carefully at the structure and shake it to check if it is well-built. Changing tables should be sturdy and stable with a 5 cm (2 inch) guardrail around the border of the table. The changing table should be equipped with an adjustable strap for securing your baby.
You should never rely on the straps alone. Always keep one hand on your baby and never leave the child unattended if you must step away even if he is buckled with the safety strap. If you must leave the changing table for any reason, take your baby with you.