Because babies’ immune systems are not built up like an adult’s, they are more susceptible to infections caused by bacteria and other germs.
We spend a lot of time making sure the baby’s nursery is free from things like VOCs and BPA but what about the changing area? Changing a diaper is the dirtiest part of taking care of a baby or small child. But that doesn’t mean it cannot be sanitary!
American comedian Jeff Foxworthy once joked, “Changing a diaper is like getting a present from your grandmother – you’re not sure what you’ve got but you’re pretty sure you’re not going to like it.” That’s so true – every time you open a diaper is potential for disaster.
Creating a Healthy, Sanitary Changing Space
The women’s group, Junior League of Stamford-Norwalk reports that infants require about 12 diapers per day, and that toddlers could still require about 8 diapers each day (www.jlsn.org). That’s a lot of waste that comes out of their little bodies!
Believe it or not, you can make diaper changing a healthy, sanitary experience even when changing the squirmiest child with the heaviest, smelliest diaper. The key is to create a changing area that eliminates problems before they have a chance to begin!
Here are some steps you can take to create a healthy, sanitary place to change your child’s diapers. While you do not have to incorporate all of them into your child’s changing space, the more you use, the better.
- LOCATION – The location you choose is so important. If you can add a changing table to your baby’s nursery, that’s great. Otherwise you should use the same area of the floor each time. Using various places spreads around germs associated with human waste.
- CHANGING PAD – Use some kind of changing pad that you can wipe down and disinfect each time. Whenever possible, use an infant changing pad made from organic materials. And all pads should include safety straps and a cover.
- MATERIALS – Your changing area should have easy access to things like wipes, diaper rash ointment, and whatever else you need to successfully clean your baby’s bottom and re-diaper it with a clean nappy.
- DISTRACTIONS – Attach an unbreakable mirror or brightly colored picture to the wall next to the changing table in a way that the baby cannot pull it free. Your baby will be so distracted by their own image or the scene that they will forget to squirm.
- DIAPER PAIL – A diaper pail is a must. It not only reduces the smell of soiled diapers, but it also cuts down on the spread of germs related to human waste. Best of all, even the most curious toddler will not find their way into a specially designed diaper pail.
What Not to Do When Creating a Changing Area
First and foremost, never change your child’s diaper (or any child’s diaper) in the kitchen, dining room, or anywhere that people could be preparing or eating food. That is no different than preparing your family’s meals in the bathroom – while someone is using it!
Another thing you should never do is let your supplies run too low. Always have a backup container of wipes, diaper rash ointment, and plenty of diapers on hand so that any time baby needs a clean nappy, you will be ready to get the job done.
The Best Infant Changing Pad for Diapered Bottoms
I have found that the Naturepedic Organic Cotton Waterproof Changing Pad meets the same standards as the other eco-friendly products in the nursery, such as the organic baby crib mattress. It is free from things like vinyl and BPA.
The waterproof coating is 100% food-grade polyethylene, which means it is safe for even the smallest bottoms. It is non-allergenic, which makes it perfect for babies with less resistance to asthma and allergy triggers. Here are some of its other benefits:
- Safety buckle to help keep baby in place during changing
- Snap screws to secure it to a dresser at home, or unsnap to take along when traveling
- Optional machine-washable cover provides added absorption and extra comfort
Your baby deserves the healthiest environment possible – even when you are changing the dirtiest diaper imaginable. Click here to add this organic infant changing pad to your baby’s changing area today.