Baby Changing Stations

Written by Sierra Rein
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Baby changing stations are designed to offer a clean, comfortable and safe environment in which to clean, change, feed or administer love to one's baby. They are very handy while parents and children are on vacation or on their way to visit grandma and grandpa. They are also great if a family finds itself stuck waiting for a train, plane, bus or taxi ride and need a place to securely change the child's diaper.

At the same time that most people feel uncomfortable about changing their children in public, not every member of the public appreciates the idea of watching the process firsthand. However, it is a natural process that needs to be taken care of, especially when it comes to the health and well being of the baby. Baby changing stations are a welcome sight for any parent who finds him or herself stuck away from the comforts of home with an equally "uncomfortable" baby in his or her arms.

To facilitate the process and to make it easier on both child and parent, most baby changing stations are designed with three main goals in mind: safety, comfort and ease. Because safety is the overriding demand, all FDA-approved changing tables are made of a type of polyethylene plastic molded onto strong, stainless steel frames. These tables are not only strong enough to handle weights up to 400 pounds, but are also resistant to the growth and infestation of germs, viruses and harmful types of bacteria.

Making Baby Changing Stations Easy to Use

In addition to a flat changing surface, many baby changing stations offer a few other amenities to make the process easier. For example, some provide easily-dispensed table liners to keep the baby's skin away from unclean surfaces, and safety straps to keep the child from rolling around once its mother's back is turned. To keep all materials within reach, many stations also provide diaper bag hooks so that new diapers can be easily found and used ones thrown away.

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