Commonly Asked Questions About Baby Changing Stations
When is a baby changing station required?
There is currently no nationwide law that requires baby changing stations in public restrooms, except for federal buildings such as post office and courthouses. However, there are some state laws, such as in California and New York, which require baby changing stations in most public restrooms. Check with your local building codes for specific requirements in your place of business. Regardless, keep in mind that it is in the best interests of most businesses to have a baby changing station to accommodate families with young children.
How do I install a baby changing station?
There are two main types of commercial baby changing tables available: wall mounted and recessed. A recessed baby changing station requires extensive planning, as a hole must be cut into the wall to accommodate it. Because of this complication, these stations are usually installed by contractors during the initial build or a renovation. Wall-mounted baby changing tables do not require a hole and can be installed with basic tools. It is important to make sure the table is secured to weight-bearing studs and that the table is installed at a height that conforms to ADA regulations. Most baby changing tables have a chassis that will be mounted with keyholes onto mounting screws, but be sure to check the installation instructions that come with your unit for more specific guidelines.