Leaving the house with a baby or young child, whether it’s just to pop down to the shops or to go on a proper family holiday, is certainly not without its trials and tribulations. It can sometimes take an hour just to get out of the house, what with everything you’ve got to pack for your little ones! An essential item you absolutely must not leave behind, however, is your travel changing mats! Here’s what to look out for when shopping for this must-have item.
If you can, try and source a mat that is phthalate-free. These are chemicals used in everything from cosmetics and grooming products to fragrances and household cleaners. Links have been made between these chemicals and breast cancer, obesity, low IQs, type 2 diabetes, behavioural issues and more.
The right size
What you don’t want to do is buy a huge changing mat that you’ll struggle to lug around with you. You’ve already got lots of stuff to cart about, so why add to the weight? Find yourself a nice travel-sized mat and you’ll thank yourself for the rest of your life!
If you’re concerned about your baby getting cold, look out for a mat that has some towelling on it so it’s not chilly when you put their little bottoms down on it to be changed.
Buying a changing mat that’s easy to wipe clean is also a must! No one wants to be stuck in a public toilet doing all they can to get the remnants of a disastrous nappy out of a cloth mat, after all!
One option available to you these days is buying disposable changing mats, which are convenient when you’re out and about but bear in mind that they can be quite pricey and they’re also not good for the environment.
Changing mat cover
Consider investing in one of these as the softer surface will be warmer than the cold plastic mat on your baby. But remember as well that you’ll end up with more washing to do – every parent’s nightmare!
Bright colours and fun designs
Keep your baby entertained as you change them by shopping for a mat that comes in interesting colours and fun designs like animals or toys. It might not always work but you’ll be thankful for the times your children are distracted!