We've always found it interesting when restaurants stock up on high chairs and booster seats, but fail to add a changing table (or two) in the restrooms. Chances are, like most human beings, those little ones will require a trip to the restroom at some point during the meal—so why overlook this very crucial need of your guests? Baby changing stations are convenient for guests and spare you some potentially awkward situations (like changing dirty diapers on dining room tables). And with more celebrities bemoaning the lack of changing stations in the men's room, don't think that a single changing table in the women's room will do the trick! Keep guests happy by accommodating all families and you'll have a better chance at growing your repeat business. Plus, with a large selection of attractive design options, you won't have to worry about conflicts with the aesthetic of your space.
The primary concern for baby changing tables is safety. That's why many manufacturers like Koala rate their baby changing stations safe up to 200 pounds—that should more and cover the weight of a single child! In addition, Koala baby stations are also treated with Microban® product protection to ward off potentially harmful bacteria. Having a designated changing tables also means you won't have to risk customers making unhygienic diaper changes on your dining room tables. A win for everyone (including other customers)!
Baby changing stations come in a variety of options to suit your needs. There are in-counter changing stations, which are ideal for spaces that might have a separate "Mother's" or "Nursing" area in the restroom. But by far the most popular baby changing tables you'll find are wall-mounted. Wall-mounted changing stations come in vertical or horizontal styles and conveniently mount on the wall and out of the way.
If you aren't in love with the plastic-looking style found on most changing stations, fear not. Manufacturers like Koala are dressing up changing tables with the addition of stainless steel trim, and even full stainless steel veneers. These stainless steel options are found in both wall-mounted and recessed-mount changing stations (a great option for those who seek an even more streamlined look). Recessed-mounted changing stations are available in both horizontal and vertical layouts.
Finally, those who feature family-style restrooms may do well by including a child protection seat. These small units make life on a parent much easier when you need to keep a child out of trouble. Give the parent the gift of 2 minutes without his or her hands full, and you could earn a customer for life. Think we're joking? Think again.
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