Changing Units, Changing Mats-Are they Necessary?
A changing unit can make changing your baby’s nappy easier, as you won’t have to bend down or squat over your baby. You’ll be able to change baby at a height that is comfortable for you. This is actually a major benefit – changing a baby on the floor puts a huge strain on the back and the knees. You’ll be changing baby several times a day, every single day, so that could potentially be putting a lot of stress on your back and knees so it can also be considered a major health benefit.
Make sure that the changing unit feels sturdy, and sits securely. The top should have a raised edge or a guard rail to help stop your baby from rolling off. Though do remember that even if it seems really secure, never leave your baby unattended on a changing table. Even turning away for a few seconds puts your baby at risk of a fall. Some changing units are padded or come with a changing mat, but you may need to buy your mat separately.
If space is tight, you may want to consider a cot-top changer. This is a sturdy changing surface that fits horizontally over the top of your baby's cot.