Do you need a changing pad cover or can you leave it off your baby registry? While you can certainly use your pad without one, any parent will recommend you add a few to your list. Just like a mattress, the pad will quickly get dirty without protection. When you have a sheet over the pad, you’ll easily absorb liquid messes.
Pad covers aren’t only essential to keeping your nursery clean. They also make the diaper changing process more comfortable for your baby’s details. Soft fabric covers will keep your child warm and cozy even when they’re partially dressed. This translates to fewer tears for your little one and less stress on your part! Finally, changing pad covers make your baby’s room more stylish. A fresh sheet looks great when it matches the crib set. The accent also helps to tie together the room’s color scheme.
How do I buy the best changing pad covers?
There are tons of changing pad covers out there, both in baby stores and online. The best way to find the cutest styles made of quality materials is to shop the trusted children’s brands. One of the most popular choices for a baby registry includes a comfy and dynamic navy changing pad for a baby boy, as well as a girl’s pads in pink organic cotton or velboa. If you’re more into neutral colors, you‘ll love cream, white and grey fashions in everything from skinny stripes to polka dots.
Keeping your baby clean, healthy and happy
It might seem like a minor detail, but changing pad covers are actually an essential part of your baby’s daily routine. Pad covers are one of the easiest ways to keep your little one comfortable while making your nursery more hygienic. Since it’s your priority to keep your child happy and healthy, investing in pad covers is a small trade-off for how wonderful the room will look and how great your baby will feel.
Find neutral styles that match the theme of your nursery or add a few neutral colors to your registry. When the weather changes or you want to update your look, you can always purchase a couple of new ones. You can even get creative with your changing pads. Holiday styles and seasonal fashions are available at most baby stores and online shops. So, go ahead–add a few different changing pad covers to your registry. No matter how many you get, you’ll feel good about receiving and using them.
If you’re looking to buy one but feel confused about what you should be looking for, consider the following ins and outs when choosing the perfect changing pad for you, whether it be for at-home or on-the-go use.
Top features to look for in a diaper changing pad
Diaper changes for your little ones are an inevitable part of parenting. Newborns may need their diapers changed 10 times in a day (or more!) to help keep them fresh and clean. Because the baby’s changing pad will be used time and time again, look for these 5 key features to help keep them comfortable and give you peace of mind.
A waterproof surface that easily wipes clean is essential for any changing pad. Diaper changing is often (OKay, always!) a messy experience and a 100% waterproof cover prevents liquids from seeping inside the pad which can lead to mold and mildew. For added protection, don’t forget to use waterproof multi-use pads, which add a touch of cozy softness and can be tossed in the washing machine and dryer.
The contoured sides of changing pads provide infants and toddlers with extra security while changing diapers because they are snug and comfortable. Some pads feature a 3-sided design, which includes additional cushioning at the top of the pad to help protect the baby’s head, while still accommodating the most changing pad covers on the market.
Keeping the baby comfortable during diaper changes will help make the process go more smoothly and quickly. Supportive foam is firm and durable, yet comfy for infants and toddlers. Some changing pads even offer soybean-enhanced foam, for a more natural changing surface that is still comfortable.
To ensure the most security, look for a diaper changing pad with two different types of safety straps. The first thing you should do is look for a changing pad with an adjustable restraint belt with a buckle so that the baby is secure while changing. Next, look for a changing pad with anchoring straps to attach to a wall, changing the table or the back of a dresser. Be sure to always use the safety straps and keep the baby within arm’s reach.
The safety and quality of changing pads is also important, especially when children will use them every day for months. Find a pad that meets the ASTM standard for pad replacement. Other replacement mats are also GREEN GUARD GOLD certified. This means they are third-party lab tested and certified for indoor air quality and low chemical emissions.