Most of today’s baby registries hold hundreds of different items. Feeding supplies, diapers, and nursery furniture usually top the list. Since there are so many options out there, it can be difficult to decide what’s absolutely necessary and what’s okay to skip.
If you’re searching for the absolute essentials, make sure to add a changing pad cover to your list. While many people don’t think of them when buying baby items, they’re actually very important for keeping your nursery clean and comfortable. Learn more below about why you need them, how to shop for them and when to swap them out for new ones. Once the baby comes, you’ll be glad you have a few on hand.
What are changing pad covers?
Changing pad covers look like little sheets. You put them on top of your diaper changing pad and fit them on like a pillowcase. Most changing pads sit atop your diaper changing table, which may be a separate piece of furniture or a table attached directly to your baby’s crib. You can buy pad covers to match your child’s regular sheets or choose a different style that complements the main sheet set.
The pad covers come in a variety of bedding materials for every season and preference. Cotton and organic cotton are among the most popular types of changing pad cover materials throughout the year. Along with muslin, they’re also ideal for spring and summer bedding, as well as for homes with mild, comfortable temperatures.
When it gets chilly outside, you can choose from fleece or plush polyester blends. Vinyl is also available for families who prefer an easy-clean material. If you like the feel of cotton but want to add a little warmth and texture, there are some styles with ultra-soft fabric on each side of the cover. Find them in a host of colors and prints.
Do changing pads come in a standard size?
Changing pads differ in dimensions, with the average size being approximately 17.5 x 27.5 inches. If you have a particular spot that you are planning to keep and use your changing pad, measure the space before you buy it to ensure that it fits. If you are using your changing pad on a changing table, dresser or another elevated position and is too big, it poses a safety risk. However, you may want to ensure that your changing pad is large enough to see you through to toddlerhood.
Many parents use a changing pad as a soft, safe place to hold your child while you change them. A changing pad cover can be a handy part of this process. The cover can protect the actual pad from any accidents or messes. If your cover gets soiled, just throw it in the washer (we recommend registering for or buying two or three covers to switch out in between washes).
Changing pad covers also come in a wide range of lovely colors and prints to compliment your nursery decor or simply bring you a little bit of joy during diaper duty. (Tip: Check the measurements of the cover to make it sure it will fit your changing pad. Most fit standard sizes, but it’s always good to doublecheck.)
Is it worth it to buy an expensive changing pad?
Until your little one becomes potty trained, they will need their diaper changed upwards of 3,500 times. So investing in a changing pad that saves you time (a pad that is easy to clean) and money (one secure enough to lay on top of any surface, meaning you can forgo buying a dedicated changing table), could be a good idea. What’s more, investing in a changing pad that stands the test of time means that you have the option of using it for more than one child. However, there are plenty of safe, comfortable and easy to clean changing pads that are also affordable, so don’t feel any pressure to spend more than you want to.
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