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Changing mat for an older child - anybody know where to buy one?

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MannyMoeAndJack Wed 11-Mar-09 22:49:13

My ds is doubly incontinent and we need a fold-away changing mat (waterproof/PVC backed) that is about 5ft (60") in length x 2ft (30") in width. I've had a look on the Internet but so far have drawn a blank. Fledglings used to sell a good mat but it has been discontinued and the other mat they sell is too big once folded up.

I have thought about buying a picnic mat but they are always square shaped, not rectangular, which again means that they are very big/bulky once folded up.

I can't believe other families haven't encountered this problem - does anybody know of a supplier who sells larger changing mats, ready made or bespoke? Thanks.

5inthebed Wed 11-Mar-09 22:53:45

Not sure if anywhere makes specific ones, but this woman makes custom made pram bags with change mats, so might be worth emailing her to see if she could make you one? I know a few people who have ordered stuff from her.

supportman Wed 11-Mar-09 23:22:09

here These are a bit smaller but can be made larger if needed.

MannyMoeAndJack Thu 12-Mar-09 07:44:43

Thanks for your replies. I will contact your reference, 5, and also the eBay seller to get a comparison. It does seem odd though that these mats have to be custom made! The mats that are available on the market seem to be either too short or too bulky to pack away neatly. Ah well, thanks again.

FioFio Thu 12-Mar-09 07:51:35

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ouryve Thu 12-Mar-09 09:56:06

My 5 year old just has his bum on a standard changing mat with his head over the top. Have you thought of trying an exercise mat, or something? They're often made with a wipable surface.

reiver Thu 12-Mar-09 12:26:32

For out and about I use a Hippychick mattress protector, which is cotton so feels soft but has a waterproof layer inside. Folds up really small and th whole thing can be washed when necessary. The cot size (100x75cm) is fine. Think Boots sell them.

sarah293 Thu 12-Mar-09 13:18:49

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PheasantPlucker Thu 12-Mar-09 13:37:32

We have a couple of the ones from Ebay. the seller is lovely. Second time we bought one she sent a couple of doll size fleece blankets for my girls to play with. They last well, and fold up well in bags.

Not that anyone ever listens to a word I say anyway............

PheasantPlucker Thu 12-Mar-09 13:38:19

Ie the fleeces were a freebie - she sent the changing mat as well......

MannyMoeAndJack Thu 12-Mar-09 14:20:14

Thanks again for all suggestions. I have a thermarest (from my long distant camping days!!!) but its size when folded is way too big for what I have in mind. I'm after something very flexible (like a rectangular plastic sheet with a cotton layer on top) that folds away like a cagoule. I think the eBay mat looks pretty good and the seller states that longer sizes can be made too. IO found the ideal mat on Fledglings but they don't stock them anymore!

loggedout Thu 12-Mar-09 14:43:53

I'm cheapskate and use an old towel or have even been known to use newspaper for dd aged 6.

Try Dunelm for some tablecloth plastic?

FioFio Thu 12-Mar-09 14:43:56

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sarah293 Thu 12-Mar-09 15:35:57

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magso Thu 12-Mar-09 15:43:39

A cotton proofed washable shower curtain cut to size might fold up small. ( I used to use one to change ds in the car so comfort wasn't an issue).

MannyMoeAndJack Thu 12-Mar-09 16:23:40

I like the idea of a shower curtain!! Nice and thin, would roll up really small...will look into it!

glitteryb6 Thu 12-Mar-09 17:42:00

ive bought from Annette on Ebay before too, i got her to make me a few big waterproof blankets with velcro attachments for ds wheelchair for when he was sick, but as she says they dont hold a lot of water/pee/puke so if it was to get wet it will seep thru!

PheasantPlucker Thu 12-Mar-09 17:43:25

Thank you for listening FioFio!!!!!!

supportman Thu 12-Mar-09 18:42:25

Something that's not been mentioned yet, how about the baby changing tables? There are 2 kids that I work with that are 8 and 10 who I take swimming and I use the fold down baby table to get them changed. I have never broke one yet and they weigh about 30kg each. Although I do have a back up though in that the nappy bin is quite surdey and fits under the table with only an inch gap incase it breaks and with me in constant attendance.

DISCLAIMER: Supportman accepts no responsibility for any advice given in the event of breakage wink

sarah293 Thu 12-Mar-09 18:55:40

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MannyMoeAndJack Thu 12-Mar-09 19:05:09

A baby changing table is no good if you're in the middle of a forest!!!! Or in a swing park!

loggedout Thu 12-Mar-09 22:19:43

Riven, there's one of those in the new Highcross shopping centre in Leicester, fyi. Is there a national list?

glitteryb6 Thu 12-Mar-09 22:44:58

www.changing-places.org/where.asp

loggedout Thu 12-Mar-09 22:57:43

Thank you! Nothing in Edinburgh, capital city that it is..

sarah293 Fri 13-Mar-09 07:36:16

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