Changing Mats & Covers
The daily responsibilities for a parent are certainly overwhelming, and the parental duty that most parents find intimidating is of course, diaper changing. Believe it or not, over the course of your baby’s first few years you will change almost 4,500 diapers. But don’t let those numbers scare you. Today’s market offers the best products to make changing easy for parents. And a baby changing mat is one of them.
Regardless of your choice of diaper, one thing is certain, you will need somewhere to change all those diapers. The purpose of the changing pad is to keep your changing surface clean from waste and to keep your baby safe and comfortable during diaper changes.
Like all things baby, changing mats come in different sizes and materials, but generally resemble a rectangular foam mattress with deep sides. You can attach them to a changing table or dresser or place them on the bed or floor when changing your baby's diaper. You then secure your baby or toddler on the changing mat.
When buying changing mats and covers, there are a few essentials you should look out for:
Size & fit of changing mats
If you have a changing table or dresser picked out, or even a crib with one built in, you need to make sure the mat you’re looking at will fit.
Portable changing pads
You can’t do without a changing pad when out and about. Diaper bag pads need to fold easily and not weigh you down.
Changing pads with straps or belts
Some changing tables have straps, some don’t. Baby changing mats with straps basically prevents it from sliding around while in use. Moms also like the idea of having safety belts which come in handy if your baby kicks around a lot, and keeps them secure.
Babies wiggle around a lot when you’re changing them, which could be dangerous if they’re high up on a table. Consider a non-skid base, especially if your baby changing pad doesn’t have straps.
Waterproof changing mats
Sometimes babies give you an extra surprise and pee on everything before you’ve had a chance to load a new diaper. This is why a washable changing mat cover that soaks up the pee is your essential.
While some parents might not think a baby changing mat is a necessity, you'll likely find that a space that’s soft and secure for your baby is best. Shop convenient and handy changing pads online at JustKidding to make diaper duty a breeze!