There were around 3.6 million babies born in the US in 2020 alone. Babies are usually a welcome event in the lives of young and less young couples. Of course, babies also come with a lot of additional challenges and duties.
One of the more challenging duties you face is the oft-necessary diaper change in public. The sometimes cringe-worthy task isn’t something you can put off for long. Unfortunately, many new parents learn the hard way that public spaces in America don’t accommodate diaper changes particularly well.
If you’re a new parent wondering what solutions exist for changing a diaper on the go, keep reading for five tips to make an on the go diaper change easier.
1. Ask Around
Not every store or public space comes equipped with a diaper changing station. That doesn’t mean the store doesn’t have a policy or a friendly staff member who can help you out. Ask an employee if there’s a place where you can change your baby’s diaper.
Many stores will let you use an out-of-the-way space to do the deed. Just make sure you have something like a boy diaper bag backpack on hand with all the supplies you need.
When in doubt, you can always fall back on a reclined stroller for a quick travel diaper change. The stroller provides a little privacy and a mostly flat surface to work from. Just make sure you put down a changing pad first or the you may end up cleaning that stroller.
3. Back Seat
It can prove frustrating to leave a store to change a diaper in public but may end up as the only viable option. Unless it’s overstuffed already, the back seat of your car offers a nice firm surface for a quick diaper swap. Again, a changing pad is your friend for protecting upholstery.
4. Changing Room
It’s not ideal, but a changing room can work for an on the go diaper change in pitch. There’s usually a bench in there that you can co-opt as a makeshift baby changing station. Just don’t forget the dirty diaper in there.
5. The Ground
When all else fails and assuming the weather cooperates, you can always use the ground for a diaper swap. Put down a changing pad or baby blanket and go to work.
Do keep an eye out for random insects, though, as they often make their homes in whatever grass you may find.
Diaper Change in Public Mastery
Every parent will face the inevitable diaper change in public. You can’t control when they go, and neither can they. Preparation is key.
If you’re headed out, make sure you’ve got a baby bag or backpack handy with all the supplies that you need, such as baby wipes, spare diapers, baby powder, and a changing pad. It’ll make the process faster and easier for you. It also means you don’t need to hunt up the necessities on the go as well.
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