Changing pads are an essential item if you have a newborn baby, providing you with a safe and comfortable space for you to change your little one’s diaper.
Changing pads do not come in a standardized size; however, most changing pads do come in a similar size which makes them suitable for use with most standard-sized changing tables.
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The typical size of a changing pad is 32 inches in length and 17 inches in width.This is not a standardized size, so it can differ between brands and manufacturers, but in general, most changing pads will measure roughly this size so that they will work in conjunction with baby change tables.
This is a suitable size for changing babies on and even children right through toddlerhood. Changing pads can be a few inches bigger or a few inches smaller than this, so if you are looking for one that fits your change table exactly, then you should measure the surface area of your table and look for one in the same size.
The depth of changing pads will differ between brands. Changing pads that are intended for portability will be thinner, usually with a thickness of half an inch, so that they don’t take up too much space in a diaper bag.
Change Pad Features
Portable changing mats will sometimes feature pockets so that parents can keep extra diapers or wipes on hand, or some very extravagant changing pads also have scale mechanisms inside which will measure the weight of your baby each time you put them down to be changed, so you can keep an extra close eye on how much weight they are gaining.
If you are concerned about the comfort of your baby, choose a changing pad with an inbuilt pillow at one end. Some pads even have attached toys to keep your baby amused and distracted during changing so that you can change their diaper more easily. Eco-friendly changing pads also exist; these types are 100% recyclable for guilt-free disposal when you are finished with them.
Benefits of Changing Pads
If you are preparing for the arrival of your first baby, you might be wondering which items are essential purchases. There are so many different products targeted at babies and new parents, and some of them are not necessary to have, and instead are just manufacturers preying on new parents as easy targets because we all want to make sure we are well prepared for our children.
One of the biggest benefits of a changing pad is that they are covered in a material that is waterproof. All parents of babies will have experienced that unfortunate timing when a baby decides to urinate while they are having their diaper changed. In this instance, a waterproof changing pad is a gamechanger, which you can just wipe clean.
If you were changing your baby on your bed without a changing pad, then you would be dealing with wet sheets and potentially a wet mattress which is difficult to get clean. A waterproof changing pad protects any surface where you are changing the baby, saving you from a lot of laundry or potentially ruined items.
Portable changing pads will be foldable and usually secured in this position with a Velcro strap. This means they can be kept in a diaper bag and used while you are out and about.