CHECKLIST FOR A GREAT CHANGING STATION THAT ACTUALLY WORKS IN EVERYDAY LIFE
#1 CHOOSE A CHANGING MAT THAT IS EASILY CLEANED
You are going to use your changing station for many things. When dressing your child, at bath time – and for one-to-one moments. And then of course when the nappy needs to be changed. But let’s face it. There will be other things than water on the changing mat when it is in use. If you choose a changing mat with cover, the cover must be washed when accidents happen. This means that you have to wait while the cover spins around in the washing machine among dirty bodies and cotton nappies. If instead you choose a changing mat with a waterproof surface, you can clean it immediately. All you need is a cloth, a little water and mild soap. In this way, you are sure that the changing station is always clean, neat – and ready for use. The Leander Matty™ changing mat is waterproof and alcohol resistant ensuring the highest level of hygiene.
#2: THINK PRACTICAL
If you live in an apartment with a small bathroom, you may not have room for a large changing table. Go for a flexible changing mat, which does not require much space – only a stable surface. You can put it precisely where you need it - on a table, on the floor, in the kitchen and in the living room.The Leander Matty™ changing mat has a firm back with a laminated wooden board which provides added stability, so you can easily place it on a dresser, for example.
#3: REMEMBER THE SPACE FOR STORAGE
A good changing station makes sure you have everything you need close by. In this way you will not have to run around looking for nappies and zinc ointment. Efficient organisation is a win in everyday life – and particularly in the late-night hours when the both of you are tired. If you have already started changing the nappy and suddenly you cannot find the bodies or the cotton nappies you need, it is rather inconvenient having to look for them several meters away – and perhaps even in another room. There are several ways to get room for your changing table essentials. It depends on your room and the space available.
DRESSER WITH DRAWERS
If you arrange the changing station on a dresser, the drawers will provide space for many of the changing accessories you need — and then some. You will also have space for your baby’s bodies, tops and socks. Choose a dresser with a good depth to get space for the changing mat. If the dresser is too short, you risk that the changing mat tips over with your child on it. And do not forget to check the height. It is important that you are able to stand by the table many times during a day – without having back troubles. When the changing period has passed, you can use the dresser in your child’s room for beautiful and practical storage of everything from clothes and socks to teddy bears and books. The dresser is therefore also a nice solution that lasts for many years – and that can be used for different purposes.
Tip: Go for a dresser with a changing unit. This provides you with a large changing surface and storage space for the things you need. When a changing station no longer is needed, the unit is easily removed - leaving you with a nice dresser. See how the Leander Linea™ dresser is transformed into a changing station.
CHANGING TABLE WITH SHELVES
If instead you choose a changing table without drawers, then consider choosing a design with shelves. It still allows you to have all the important stuff right at your fingertips.
Tip: Use baskets and boxes for baby’s clothes, lotions, diapers etc. This allows you to style your changing space exactly the way you like it.
#4: KEEP YOUR LITTLE NUGGET SAFE
The larger your baby becomes, the more he or she will move. Choose a non-slip changing mat – one that does not move when your baby kicks with his arms and legs. Also look at the material that the changing mat is made of – is it soft and safe for your child?
SOFT AND COMFORTABLE
The material of the changing mat does not only have hygienic importance. It also has importance for the comfort. The changing station must be nice to lie on for your baby. Feel your way through the changing mats, and choose one that is soft and comfortable and provides maximum support. Your baby will spend many hours on the changing mat. You should therefore consider the material the mat is made of. Does it contain health hazardous substances or hormone disruptors?
Tip: The Leander Matty™ changing mat is made from soft PUR foam – a material that is extremely close to the feeling of bare skin.
#5: TAKE CARE OF YOUR BACK
You will be standing many hours at the changing station. The changing station is not only for changing nappies. It’s a perfect station for talking, cuddling and having fun with your baby. Go for a changing table that is height adjustable – to ensure that both mum and dad have the optimal work height and contact with the baby.