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Changing mat with straps

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Mikeejf Sun 15-Sep-13 14:32:25


I took my son swimming for the first time last week and when it came to drying and getting changed to come home, it was a nightmare. Holding my 1 year old while trying to dry myself etc.

Is there a changing mat or travel fold up chair with straps that is available so I can dry and change my son and then safely sit him while I get changed?

Many Thanks


YoniBottsBumgina Sun 15-Sep-13 14:35:44

Don't they have playpens in the changing rooms at your swimming pool? They've always had them in the ones I've been to. Sometimes in the cubicle they have a little car seat thing stuck to the wall as well that you can put them in.

Can he stand up yet? If so I would dry him and leave him in just a nappy while you get changed, then dry him again if needed and dress ASAP. Easier if you are in a cubicle as they can't run off (try family changing if they don't have cubicles in the men's)

Bert2e Sun 15-Sep-13 14:38:24


volley Sun 15-Sep-13 15:02:25

This mat has been brilliant for my escape artists, but it's rather large to cart about to places......

Mikeejf Sun 15-Sep-13 15:18:08

Thanks all.

Yes family changing but not very safe changing area/seat (no straps).

He can just stand but slippy floor etc...

Pushchair a good idea but won't fit in locker.

Am I being too fussy!!


pizzaqueen Sun 15-Sep-13 15:31:21

not heard of such a thing to buy but there's a few options for you (I've done all of the below as taken my son swimming weekly since he was 3 months):

- take a clean dry towel and sit him in the floor with a couple of toys and a snack
- lay him on change table and quickly get yourself ready
- take your infant carrier seat and strap him into that
- now my ds is 2 its easiest to wrap him in a towel (poncho kind) amd give him a snack get myself ready first then him
- use play pens or toddler seats
- sit him on the bench and give him something to eat ir play with

it gets easier the more often you go and you get a system going of what works for you.

ToddleWaddle Sun 15-Sep-13 15:35:28

Give him a snack when changed and that should keep him occupied and out if mischief.

Mikeejf Sun 15-Sep-13 16:26:20

Thanks all. Might go with a pram and risk nobody nicks it!


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