Set Up The Perfect Baby Changing Area
There are two things new parents learn very quickly - nappies are expensive and you go through a lot of them in the first couple of years of your child's life. That is because you will constantly be changing your child's nappy until they are old enough to be potty trained. With this in mind, changing nappies will become a constant feature of your daily life, and will require an area which you can dedicate to that specific purpose, most likely within your baby room. Changing nappies can feel like a tedious and repetitive task at times, even difficult to accomplish when your little one wriggles around in delight at being free of their nappy, but there are a few tips that can help to make your nappy changing area comfortable for baby and efficient for mom and dad.
The Compactum is the core of your nappy changing area
You will need to do your nappy changing duties on a flat comfortable surface where you will have comfortable and easy access to baby and all of the necessary baby wipes, creams and new nappies needed for the task at hand. A compactum provides a fantastically functional tool in this regard, as the drawers or cupboard of the compactum can be used to store clothes, products and other baby essentials, while the top of the compactum becomes a safe and steady changing area.
A compactum is generally built at the best height for parents, allowing them to change baby without needing to bend their backs and get hurt. A compactum also provides more space around the changing mat that can be used to store useful bits and bobs that are required for the nappy change, so that mom or dad do not need to move away from baby at any time during the task - which is a hazard, as babies can move an fall, hurting themselves, if the person changing the baby does not ensure that baba stays safely on the changing mat.
Comfortable Baby Linen goes a long way
Making sure that your newborn is always swaddled with or surrounded by the most warm and comfortable baby linen is important for their health, warmth and sensitive skin. Selecting baby linen to use on the compactum or around the changing mat is an important consideration, as you may want this linen to match the nursery when providing comfort for the baby during a nappy change. Having a few spare sets of linen to use during changing time is a plus, and can be stored neatly and conveniently in the compactum. Trust us when we tell you - you will use a great deal of linen during your little one's childhood.
Distractions are important
Nursery accessories can add some life to the baby changing area, with a plush toy proving to be a great distraction for baby during an experience that can sometimes be uncomfortable, annoying or cold for the little one. On the subject of distractions, we have a little secret that works like a charm. Dingle Dangle Heartfelt Sets (in the pictures above and below), which are available through Dream Furniture, provide the ideal sensory distraction during changing time, and kids will love them.
The Dingle Dangle toys from Ruby Melon are sensory delights, providing tactile development opportunities for growing little ones with wondering minds that are itching to learn about the world around them. Dangle these beautiful accessories above their heads to distract them at nappy-changing time, and these little gems will provide endless joy in beautiful light and frilly fun textures and tones for the whole family to appreciate, but for the little one to truly fall in love with.
Shelving and other storage accessories are useful
Another efficient and aesthetically pleasing way to keep your baby changing area neat and tidy is to install some shelving nearby, at a height that will allow you to keep one protective hand on the baby for safety while grabbing the nappies, bum cream, wet wipes and other useful products that form part of the baby changing routine. Available in different colours and textures, your shelving can easily be purchased to match your room and other baby furniture, such as the compactum or cot.
In terms of other storage accessories that may be useful, a caddy themed to fit in with your baby room decor, can be the ideal companion to the compactum, providing those changing the baby with an easily accessible area from which cotton wool, products, surgical spirits and other essentials may be easily grasped.
Visit Dream Furniture's showroom to take a look at the wonderful items on offer to set up the perfect baby changing area and all of the other essentials that your little one will need.
-- 12 October 2018 --
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