Monday, February 1st, 2010
The Perfect Car-Based Diaper Changing Station
This is a question more than a declaration. If you designed a product to assist with changing diapers in a vehicle, what features would it have?
My inspiration for the question came from seeing the Dipe-N-Go website, a product from another mom-inventor.
This mom rightly recognized that it’s usually a lot easier to change a diaper in the trunk of your parked car than it is to try your luck with a random public restroom when poop strikes.
The Dipe-N-Go is billed as designed for an SUV or minivan. I look at it and just see an ordinary diaper bag, at least the sort of diaper bag a seasoned parent carries — pad, diapers and wipes.
It’s 15.5″ x 12.5″ closed, has three pockets and folds up. The pad is easy to clean, of course. From the product photo, it seems like the portion of the pad containing pockets might attach to the trunk wall to keep the pockets upright, but I saw no mention of such a feature on the website.
I’m not sure it qualifies as a “diaper station” unless you never remove it from your car. It’s just a diaper bag that unfolds instead of being a bag.
My family uses a fanny pack containing several diapers, diaper wipes, sanitizing hand wipes and a pad. It’s easily swapped into our other car, or carried over a shoulder, and has room for a lot more stuff if the need arises.
We usually use the car trunk, but have changed diapers in a passenger seat, infant seat and the hood of our car.
If you could design a changing pad for use in cars, or a specific type of car, in any of those locations in your car, how would it be any different than what you’re using now?