Creating the best nappy changing area
The nappy changing area is where your baby’s nappies and clothes are changed, and where you can take some quiet time to focus on connecting with and caring for your baby. This makes it a workstation as well as a cosy nook. It’s good to keep this in mind when organising the changing area.
There are three things to keep in mind when organising your baby's nappy changing area:
#1: The right location.
#2: The right height.
#3: The right furnishings and equipment.
Where is the best place to put the changing unit?
The changing unit, and therefore the nappy changing area, can be placed in several different places in the home. The most important thing is that you and your baby have a cosy nook where it is pleasant to spend time together and where you have all the things you need.
The changing unit is often placed in the bathroom, bedroom or nursery. There is easy access to running water in the bathroom, the changing area is close by at night in the bedroom, and often there is plenty of space for the changing unit in the nursery. So the perfect solution depends on your home and your needs.
What is the best height for the changing unit?
While it is important to find the best height for your baby’s nappy changing area, it is very much about ensuring a good working position for the many daily nappy changes.
The optimal height of the changing unit depends on the height of the person who uses the changing area the most. A good rule of thumb is to use the height of your kitchen table as a starting point to find the right height for your changing unit. For most people, a height between 85-95 cm is appropriate.
The depth of the changing unit is also comparable to a standard kitchen table, which is 60 cm deep as standard. This offers space for a good changing mat where your baby can lie comfortably and safely.
What should a nappy changing area contain?
You can set up a nappy changing area on a changing unit, a chest of drawers, or on a bathroom or utility table. The most important thing is that you have storage nearby and that your little one lies softly and securely on a changing mat with a curved shape to provide protection from rolling.
The basics of the baby changing area are:
- Changing unit
- Changing mat
- Soft towels
- Clean clothes
Many people also like to decorate the changing area with a cute mobile to catch the baby’s attention during nappy changes.