Changing tables – top tips
It’s mucky, smelly and bound to cause a few surprises along the way, so it’s no wonder that so many parents find the oh-so-glamorous world of nappies a little bit daunting! After all, the combination of tiny wriggling newborn and…well..poo isn’t going to always be sunshine and flowers is it? But, there are things you can do to prep your changing table, to help make it a little easier.
Have something hanging above the changing mat for your baby to look at. It doesn’t have to be super expensive and can even just be bits of shiny foil on string if need be (we promise your baby won’t know any better!) but if you’re feeling particularly crafty Mr Printables offer some great playful ideas that will be sure to entertain your little one.
For small nurseries why not consider a wall mounted unit? We love this one from Bo Elkstrem. It has storage shelves built in and comes in a range of sleek, modern styles, to coordinate with every decor.
If you’re using a classic changing table, then try to position it so that have your baby’s feet facing you. It’s much easier this way to remove old nappies, clean up that little bottom and place on a new one. Plus, it means you can keep a firm grip on your new born’s belly, whilst reaching for the talc or lotion.
Wall storage such as these hanging pockets are perfect as they can be wiped clean and will allow you to organise all the essentials in one easy go. You can also buy storage buckets that sit comfortably on the side of most changing tables. This set includes a handy bin for you to dispose of nasty wipes ASAP!
As you can imagine it won’t be staying pristine for long, so we don’t advise you spend too much money on a changing mat. Changing mat covers however are a great idea and worth a little investment. Remember, babies aren’t fans of hot and sticky or super chilly changing mats, but if you don’t have a cover, lay down a muslin before hand. Aden + Anais offer some really lovely high quality sheets, that will survive many many washes and are super soft for your baby’s bottom!
Remember – Never leave your baby unattended on a changing table and ensure changing tables are fixed to the wall with wall brackets.