Baby Changing Tables

Written by Ingrid Chen
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A baby changing table is a surface ergonomically constructed for changing infants' diapers. In public areas, baby changing tables are generally located in or in the vicinity of the public restroom. Sometimes baby changing tables are free-standing structures; however, more often than not, they are wall-mounted to save space, especially in tight bathroom quarters. The tables can fold out vertically (long-ways) or horizontally (side-ways).

They are commonly made out of sturdy polyethylene or stainless steel. Some builders choose surface mounted tables that are attached right on the wall, while others may choose a table that is recessed into the wall, which some may find more aesthetically pleasing and less obtrusive. Whatever the material, the most important features are weight capacity and ease of cleaning to keep the table hygienic.

Baby Changing Tables and ADA Compliance

It is also important to find baby changing tables that comply with ADA (American Disabilities Act) regulations. With the introduction of the ADA in 1990, these regulations provided disabled individuals the same access and rights to public facilities as those without disabilities. The regulations basically maintain that all public facilities should be barrier-free and accessible to everyone.

One of the most common areas of importance for ADA compliance is the construction of restroom facilities. Because baby changing tables are commonly located in men's and women's bathrooms, these tables must be reachable by anyone. Some tables also include Braille directions for sight-impaired individuals.

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