Continental Commercial Baby Changing Station
Last updated date: December 18, 2019
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If you've ever used a diaper changing table in a restroom, you're familiar with the setup of the Continental Commercial Baby Changing Station. This station mounts to the wall, creating a stable, comfortable place to change your baby's diaper. Once installed, it's very balanced and sturdy, and it makes changing diapers easy. In our analysis of 25 expert reviews, the Continental Commercial Continental Commercial Baby Changing Station placed 3rd when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.
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From The Manufacturer
The Continental 8252-H horizontal diaper changing station supports up to 250 lb. in a concave shelf with safety straps, measures 4 x 34-1/4 x 18 inches (H x W x D) when open, and is made of high-density polyethylene to inhibit bacterial growth. (H is height, the vertical distance from lowest to highest point; W is width, the horizontal distance from left to right; D is depth, the horizontal distance from front to back.) When closed, the changing station measures 4 inches (D). Molded-in dual liner dispensers hold approximately 50 liners for protection. The diaper changing station can attach to standard 16” on-center studs, or to a hollow wall. (Mounting hardware is included.) The unit includes a self-adhesive aluminum placard for the restroom door to identify the changing station’s location. The changing station complies with the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) F2285 - 04(2010) standard for diaper changing tables in commercial facilities, and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Z535.3 and ANSI Z535.4 standards for safety signs, symbols, and labels. The unit complies with the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) act when properly installed. Continental horizontal diaper changing stations are generally used in a commercial environment. Continental manufactures plastic and metal products such as restroom supplies, buckets, refuse containers, carts, and trigger sprayers for the janitorial and food service industries. The company is headquartered in Bridgeton, MO.
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An Overview On At-Home Changing Stations
A diaper-changing table is a great addition to any home nursery, but you don’t just need a changing area while you’re at home. There are many fold-up changing mats that prepare you for a dirty diaper whether you’re in your own living room or trapped on an airplane. Once you have a portable changing pad, you’ll never find yourself scrambling for a way to change a dirty diaper again.
For nurseries, you have a variety of options, but the most stable and comfortable will likely be a fold-down table that mounts to a wall. You’ll need to do some work to attach these, but once they’re in place, you’ll be set up for months of changing diapers. In fact, if you plan to have another baby within a couple of years, you may want to leave your changing table mounted on the wall to avoid having to restart the shopping process.
Away from home, you’ll need a changing pad with a portable design. Portability is essential with this type of changing pad. You’ll need to be able to wrap it up and slip it into a diaper bag or stroller, so consider that while you’re shopping. That said, you may also want to make sure you aren’t sacrificing convenience and comfort for portability.
In addition to ensuring a changing area is well padded, especially where your baby’s head rests, you should also consider features like pockets. These come in handy for storing wipes and other items you might need during changes. Some portable mats also have a barrier to keep baby’s hands from roaming, possibly picking up soiled diapers or wipes.
If you opt for an in-home charging table that mounts to the wall, keep sturdiness in mind. You’ll have to attach it and, when you do, you’ll want to make sure it will keep your baby safe and secure. Some mounted charging tables also come with plastic liners that you can put down to keep the table clean while you’re working. Then you simply roll everything up in the plastic liner and toss it once you’re finished with the diaper change.
DWYM Fun Fact
If you’re tired of changing diapers, be thankful you weren’t around in the first half of the 1900s. Up until the 1960s, babies wore cloth diapers, which had to be emptied and washed. This was also before washing machines became popular, which meant many had to be hand-washed. Some households contracted with a diaper service, where a company came by and picked up their cloth diapers for cleaning, and similar services still exist today. Proctor & Gamble began creating disposable diapers in 1956, but it didn’t officially launch until 1961, when it hit the market under the name Pampers. It took a while for disposable diapers to catch on, though, due to the fact that they were so much more expensive than cloth diapers. Once Proctor & Gamble changed its practices to make disposable diapers more affordable, they quickly took off.
The At-Home Changing Station Buying Guide
- If you’ve ever changed a diaper, you know it can be messy business. It only complicates things that babies usually don’t stay completely still while you’re cleaning them. Portable changing mats that come with a barrier can come in handy since they keep baby’s upper half safely isolated from the cleanup that’s happening below.
- With portable changing mats, rolling over can be a problem. Keep that in mind. At-home changing tables have straps to keep them safely in place, but you’ll have to always keep one hand on baby if you’re using a mat, especially if you’re changing on a table or counter.
- Today’s parents are increasingly concerned with toxins. Changing mats can have chemicals like BPA, so specifically look for a mat that promises to be toxin-free.
- One of the best things about changing tables is that today’s models can be built using bacteria-resistant materials, keeping germs at a minimum.
- Some portable changing mats come with padding in the area where your baby’s head will be. This acts as a sort of pillow, giving your little one comfort during the time you’re changing and cleaning up.
- If you choose a portable changing mat, pay close attention to the way they fold up. There are many that can fold to a fairly small size, making them easy to slip into something as small as a handbag.
- Some changing pads give you hooks that you can use for hanging toys, giving your little one something to do while you’re changing.
- Parents never seem to have enough pockets. That’s why some portable changing mats come with storage compartments that you can use for storing extra diapers or a small pack of baby wipes. You can even slip your keys inside to free your hands up to work.
- It’s never easy to keep a changing mat clean. Make sure you choose a mat that’s waterproof, but you should also keep in mind that you’ll probably need to clean your mat on a regular basis. You can wipe it down temporarily to get it home, but a thorough cleaning and disinfection can help prevent bacteria build up. This is also important for your changing table. If you have more than one child in diapers, be especially diligent about disinfecting your changing areas after each use.
- Some changing tables come with plastic liners that make cleanup convenient. You can toss your liner in the trash after each diaper change. However, you should still make sure the table beneath it stays clean. If your chosen changing table can be used with liners, check to see how many come with your purchase. Even if liners are included, you may find that you need to have extras on hand for when those run out.
- If you have a changing table, it will need to be mounted to your wall, so be prepared to install it. You’ll also need to make sure it ships with the hardware you’ll need and have the tools you’ll need ready to go.