Changing my baby when we’re out and about

Isn’t it great to go on outings with your little one? To parks, restaurants, shops or other public places; it is fun to go out with your baby! The only minor drawback is the inevitable diaper change, and where to do it.

Where can I change my baby?

When you’re out with your baby, it’s a good idea to locate the restrooms around you, in case there’s need for a diaper change. If there’s a family bathroom where you are, you’re in luck! These spaces are private, so you can have all the room you need for you and your little one. If there is only a regular bathroom, check to see if there is a changing table that meets your standards of hygiene.

What do I do if there is no changing table in the bathroom?

Most public toilets are equipped with baby changing tables, but unfortunately, in some places that is not the case. Or there might be a table, but it’s hygienic conditions are not acceptable. If you come across any of these situations, we suggest trying the following options:

• Search for another bathroom with an appropriate changer.

• If there is no other changer, you can place a plastic or disposable changer on the changing table or on any area suitable to change your little one like:

o your stroller

o a bench

o your lap

o the trunk of your car, if the surface is wide and flat

What do I need to have in my diaper bag to change my baby on an outing?

• Plastic bags for clothes and dirty diapers

• Wet wipes

• Clean diapers

• Cloth or plastic changer, preferably cushioned

• Single use protective sheet

• Antibacterial gel for your hands

• A distracting toy

• Change of clothes

Finally, remember that it’s important to make the process comfortable for your child. Try to place a cushioned cloth or little mattress changer under him, so that he doesn’t feel the hard surface. Remember to distract him with a toy, play, or tickle him in order to make this moment pleasant and fun for both of you.

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