Creating a functional and safe changing station makes life with your baby easier from day one. Baby change mats come in a range of options and quality so it’s important to think about how you will be using the mat when you are changing your baby’s nappy.
Some change mats such as the Troll Lukas Change Mat, are designed to go with a specific change table. Others are designed to be used wherever you wish to change your baby – whether it be on a table top, on a chest of drawers, floor or bed for example. For these types of change mats, look for features such as non-slip feet and sides with a lip that help stop your baby from rolling off the mat. The Matty change mat by Leander is a popular solution for this situation. The Matty is made from PUR or polyurethane foam and is very soft, lightweight and easy to clean.
Accidents do happen so being able to clean your change mat is important. Mats come in a variety of finishes that can be easy to wipe down and disinfect. Look for waterproof or water-resistant and stain-resistant features. If the change mat has a fabric cover, being easily able to remove this and wash it is important.
For changing your baby when out and about, a portable, fold-up change mat is essential. These are usually lightweight, padded, and can be easily folded and stowed in a bag or changing wallet along with wipes, creams, nappy disposal bags and clothes. Done by Deer produces a waterproof Changing Clutch with change mat and compartments to organise everything you need to nappy changes on the go.
Purpose built change tables are an excellent solution if you have room in the nursery. Units such as the Leander Linea Change Table or Lukas Change Table by Troll feature draws and shelves to keep everything you need for nappy changes close to hand.
Another option if you are short on space is to add the matching changing tray accessory to your nursery dresser if the option is available. The Leander Classic Changing Unit is an example of a specially designed changing tray that sits safely on top of the dresser and can be removed without damage when you no longer need it.