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Changing baskets - terrible idea or not?

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MariaDingbat Sat 22-Aug-20 08:22:19

We're thinking of nursery things we'll need when the little one arrives and I came across these changing baskets you can put on top of a chest of drawers. They look great but I'm wondering if it's a case of 'good on Instagram' rather than something that works practicality in real life. Anytime had experience with one?

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ToTheTwees Sat 22-Aug-20 08:24:11

They look very Instagram.... until they get covered in newborn explosive poo grin

Footlooseandfancy Sat 22-Aug-20 08:27:55

My DD used to pee and poo the second you took her nappy off, even of you thought "there can't be any more to come out", there was. You need something completely wipe clean and washable.

NannyR Sat 22-Aug-20 08:28:11

No, you'll want a mat that is completely wipeable, those baskets look lovely but totally impractical.

TokenGinger Sat 22-Aug-20 08:29:05

A plastic change mat on the floor. As soon as the air hit DS, he'd pee and poop everywhere. I wouldn't have liked to have dealt with that at height. At least on the floor I could leave him there and run off for extra supplies if I needed.

Callmecordelia Sat 22-Aug-20 08:31:11

I had the cheapest ikea changing mat, with the towelling covers. They are very good, completely wipe clean, but comfortable and not cold for the baby.

In fact all ikea baby stuff is good. I'd recommend it.

orangejuicer Sat 22-Aug-20 08:32:27

Floor is best if you have a c section I found.

CeeceeBloomingdale Sat 22-Aug-20 08:35:16

My eldest could roll from birth, a wipeable mat on the floor was the safest option and it needed a complete wash down at least once a day, if not more.

TenThousandSpoons Sat 22-Aug-20 08:35:31

I thought the basket was going to be to put the nappies, wipes etc in, not the baby.

No, you do not want to ever have to clean newborn liquid poo out of the wicker sides of a “changing basket”. grin

MariaDingbat Sat 22-Aug-20 08:37:40

Thanks for the quick replies smile I was thinking they wouldn't be a great idea, the idea of trying to clean poo out from inbetween a basket weave is not something I want to contemplate!

@Callmecordelia I hadn't thought of IKEA, we'll have to head out there and have a look.

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PlinkPlink Sat 22-Aug-20 08:39:58

As above, the simpler, the better.

DS once had the most explosive dirty nappy, I'd ever seen. All down his legs, up his back 🙈 i whacked him in the sink to clean him as it was the only way.

Changing nappies is often about damage limitation. Do not get a basket 😂😂😂

CasuallyMasculine Sat 22-Aug-20 08:43:10


I thought the basket was going to be to put the nappies, wipes etc in, not the baby.

No, you do not want to ever have to clean newborn liquid poo out of the wicker sides of a “changing basket”. grin

Same here.

So unhygienic!

Callmecordelia Sat 22-Aug-20 08:46:23

Great things to get in ikea - the antilop high chair, muslins, the pack of flannels they sell in the baby section, blankets, baby gym and my personal favourite, the SMÅKRYP bath toy. Still played with by my nine year old, and nowhere for black mould to build up. Genius.

hellolittlebaby Sat 22-Aug-20 09:00:34

Ikea baby stuff is brill. I got loads of their bedding, soft toys, playgym. Lovely quality and not too expensive.

brainstories568 Sat 22-Aug-20 09:08:53

@TenThousandSpoons I thought exactly the same as you! I didn't realise that there was such a thing as literal baby changing baskets...!!

I do wonder if the makers of these things have ever actually had a newborn themselves when they come up with such lovely looking but completely impractical ideas.

Superscientist Sat 22-Aug-20 10:17:53

We started with a changing mat on the floor of our nursery but quickly moved it too the bathroom after explosive mid-change poos that overshot the end of thr mat! I would recommend any wipeable mat on a hard floor!

NannyR Sat 22-Aug-20 10:24:38

I've never come across these before, but having had a second look at the link I think they could be quite unsafe. The photos show babies laying in these baskets on chests of drawers unattended and the fact that they have raised edges might lead parents to believe that babies can be left safely in them.

Aahh99 Sat 22-Aug-20 13:48:17

Just use a normal basket. Ours was 5 quid from home bargains.
One for downstairs, then a little wicker one for upstairs for night / first morning change.

Woodentopper Sun 23-Aug-20 20:11:01

I've never understood the hype for all these changing stations etc. I still change my 2 over my knee, including a wriggly toddler. It means I can change anywhere I can sit and they get used to every nappy change being done the same.

I'm surprised more mums don't change over their knee, we didn't have fancy changing units years ago yet all our mums managed.

Carycy Sun 23-Aug-20 20:16:42

I got the ikea change table and a wipe clean change matt. I didn’t even bother with a fabric cover ( mean mummy) as it’s just another thing to wash. If you don’t have space for a change table a cot top changer is good. Just keep Pooh bags Stored away from the cot liked to change standing up. I still change my two year old on the cot top changer a lot especially in the morning when my back is still waking up.
But honestly those baskets look like a hygeine nightmare.

Carycy Sun 23-Aug-20 20:18:22

I mean on the change table!! I had a cot top changer for my first.

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