A little over a week ago, my wife and I had our first child. With that came the continuous diaper changing, 8-10 times throughout the day. We had purchased a typical ‘pack’n’play’ or play-yard, that included an attached basinet and changing station. This was a great option for us in our small house, as we could move it around a bit and have it on hand right in the main space of our house.
We quickly learned that the station had a seriously flaw. The changing station was far too low. My wife and I are both almost 40, and the constant strain of leaning over to change diapers on a screaming infant was beginning to show in our lower backs. As a woodworker, I knew I had to build a height booster for the changing pad, but also ensure that it was still safe for our precious baby.
In order to support the frame, it’d have to have a cut-out to lock onto the sides of the play-yard. So I created the heightened portions and ran a deep groove on the table saw to create a slot for the side walls of the play-yard.
The top potion had to have a somewhat rounded protruding section for the plastic clips of the changing station to lock into. I cut the sides out on the table saw, then rounded it over with the belt sander. I created a locking groove on the sides as well for extra security.
Now my risers were laminated together to create the height I needed. I then just screwed in some scraps of plywood to connect the frame together.
The contraption was a success. The baby changing station locked in perfectly to both the top of the play-yard frame, and the station locked solidly on the top.
Now changing diapers is much better on the lower back, and I feel more patient while my infant is screaming during the whole process.