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#1 firstbaby2019

Posted 14 April 2019 - 10:52 PM

Hi all,

We bought some drawers with a small sunken lip on the top which we're going to put a change mat into. The only issue is that our drawers are slightly narrower than standard change tables (38cm wide x 78 long). A few questions:

- Do we need the curved up edges we see on lots of mats or can we just get a mat made from Clark Rubber or the like to fit that is flat? My only worry is that the curved up edges are to prevent baby rolling but I have seen some flat designs e.g. the changing baskets online so am wondering if this is still a safe option?

- Is 38cm going to fit our baby? Stupid question as I know it depends on the size of the child but, especially if we do a flat mat, it looks like a baby should still fit in this space?

- Anyone know anywhere we could get one made if we do need the curved up edges as the narrowest I can find on Baby Bunting etc is 40cm so it's JUST too big.


Edited by firstbaby2019, 14 April 2019 - 10:54 PM.

#2 cvbn

Posted 14 April 2019 - 11:18 PM

Even it you get one with the shaped edges, DO NOT trust it. One hand on your baby at all times, they roll very unexpectedly.

I had a flat mat on a chest of drawers, I got it from YCN.


#3 ~LemonMyrtle~

Posted 15 April 2019 - 06:46 AM

They’re pretty squishy foam, a 40cm one will probably squash into a 38cm space.

You don’t need the high sides for safety, as PP said, never ever let go of your child on a change mat, as they will roll off. I know a friend of a friends 1 year old broke her arm falling off a change table. The sides will help though. You can also roll up a small towel or cloth nappy and put that under the change mat cover to create a side. Or put a towel on top and roll up one side of it.

#4 400

Posted 15 April 2019 - 08:11 AM

Agree with PPs- from a safety point of view the sides help but are ultimately irrelevant as you should have a hand on baby at all times anyway. Before they start to roll they do kick and scooch up and across the mats too, which the sides can help with.

The extra point I wanted to add is the leaking- if your baby does a cheeky wee with the nappy off (as it inevitably will), the high sides can help stop it from running off the edges, but a little slope might have wee trickling into the wood. A good, absorbant mat under baby should help avoid this though (I use the bamboo ones from hippybottomus and love them as they are super soft and absorbant).

#5 Caitlin Happymeal

Posted 15 April 2019 - 08:20 AM

As per previous posters... never trust the lip on them.

No one believes me except family members who witnessed it, but my 5 day old had enough oomph in her little leg kicks to manage to flip herself over on the change table the day after we brought her home. Had I just relied on the edge of the table, she'd likely have ended up on the floor.

Id say go ahead and get the mat made at Clark rubber but make sure you get a nice mat as another poster suggested. And one hand on baby whilst changing!

#6 firstbaby2019

Posted 15 April 2019 - 10:40 AM

Thanks all - yes, definitely know to keep a hand on baby at all times - just wasn't sure if the lip was another necessity but seems from your advice it isn't completely needed. I've contacted Clark Rubber and they can do a flat piece of foam for $15 which will fit into the recess so I may just go with that.
Thanks for all your help x

#7 Grrrumbles

Posted 15 April 2019 - 11:28 AM

If you get a custom piece of foam - will change mat covers fit it? And are the drawers a good height for you?

#8 cvbn

Posted 15 April 2019 - 11:35 AM

Pillow case make good covers, wrap it in a Ikea cot mattress  water proof mat.

#9 lucky 2

Posted 15 April 2019 - 11:45 AM

Hi, I'll move your thread into the "Buying for baby" forum.

And yes to pp's re never taking your eyes off your infant when on a change table. They can curl up in fetal position and topple over!

#10 cvbn

Posted 15 April 2019 - 11:49 AM

Just a thought, air your piece of foam well. Sometimes they can be very smelly.

Edited by cvbn, 15 April 2019 - 11:49 AM.

#11 firstbaby2019

Posted 21 April 2019 - 10:02 PM

Anyone know where I can get patterned pillowcases if you've done this for covers before? There are a lot on Etsy but they're all like $25-$35 with shipping which IMO is a lot for a pillowcase

#12 little lion

Posted 22 April 2019 - 12:20 AM

I recently bought my kids some nice and bright patterned pillowcases for $5 each from Aura Home.

#13 firstbaby2019

Posted 22 April 2019 - 08:53 PM


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