What Are Lap Pads For?

Updated on January 04, 2010
K.G. asks from Boise, ID
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I know this is a stupid question but I've gotten lap pads from people and I know I need them but what are they for. When the baby is on your lap there is a diaper on so I'm not sure what the pads are for.

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Those are all great suggestions-thank you!

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A.G.

answers from Salt Lake City on

Most people use them for a changing pad. They are easy to stow in a diaper bag and washable. Or I found them handy under their bottom in the car seat (in case of a leaky diaper) they wash a up a whole lot better than the car seat covers.

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S.P.

answers from Denver on

I love them! My son is 17 months I still use one for him on his changing table. It's much easier to throw one of these in the hamper if it gets a little poop or something on it rather than change the sheet on the changing table. I also always use it in my pack n play's changing area. Thye are also great to take on trips.

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S.P.

answers from Great Falls on

I'm not sure but when I was a nanny in New York, the baby was a great one for messing outside of his diaper. This happened every time he pooped. It was so gross. I wish I had had a lap pad for that. I think that's what they are for. Good luck!

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A.H.

answers from Denver on

Unfortunately, those pesky diapers leak, especially with newborns. At night, when I was feeding my little ones, urine would also leak out the sides. It's definitely worth not having to change the both of you! Good luck and congratulations!

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K.B.

answers from Salt Lake City on

My diaper bag changing pad didn't seem that washable -- I suppose I could have wiped it down once a week or something . . . but these keep it clean.

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S.L.

answers from Boise on

I put one on top of my contoured changing pad to protect the cover. I don't have to wash the cover very often, because the lap pad usually catches messes. If it gets dirty, I toss it in the laundry and grab another one.
I also put one in my diaper bag for a changing pad. It's much smaller than the changing pads that come with the diaper bag, and I usually don't need padding.
You can also put it under their bum when they're asleep and still don't move much. If their diaper leaks, it saves you washing bassinet and crib sheets.

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A.G.

answers from Missoula on

I loved to carry in the diaper bag to change on. Many surfaces where I wouldn't lay my child even on a changing table, were made better by their own pad. Easier to clean up too, even when changing in their crib.

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T.T.

answers from Denver on

Spit up and diaper leaks! I had some lap pads too but I never used them. I just changed my clothes 6 or 7 times a day. LOL!!!

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A.G.

answers from Salt Lake City on

Most people use them for a changing pad. They are easy to stow in a diaper bag and washable. Or I found them handy under their bottom in the car seat (in case of a leaky diaper) they wash a up a whole lot better than the car seat covers.

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S.B.

answers from Denver on

I used them for a lot of things. I lined the crib in them. (I am thinking these are the plastic sheets sandwhiched between flannel like stuff so it is soft.) I also used them in the car seat when they were sick and then again when they were potty training. you can even use them under the humidifier when they are sick in case it leaks water.

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M.H.

answers from Boise on

I used mine to put under the babies bottom and head when they slept in their crib. So I would have a sheet, then these pads, then another sheet, so when your baby messes through their clothes in the middle of the night then all you have to do is remove the sheet and lap pads and you don't have to completely remake the bed.

Also when you are changing their diaper in a place that you cannot go to your changing table. They are very handy to keep the babies warm and from germs.

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S.P.

answers from Denver on

I love them! My son is 17 months I still use one for him on his changing table. It's much easier to throw one of these in the hamper if it gets a little poop or something on it rather than change the sheet on the changing table. I also always use it in my pack n play's changing area. Thye are also great to take on trips.

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J.C.

answers from Casper on

I actually use them to put under the baby while I change the diaper. I don't have a changing table and I either change the baby on the floor or on the bed, both places that you don't want wet or stinky because they are hard to clean. I have actually sewed two together and made it bigger so it fits under the whole child while changing. They work great when the baby decides to pee or poop while changing.
J.--SAHM of 6

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S.B.

answers from Colorado Springs on

I had to read your responses because I had no idea what a lap pad is for either! From what others are describing, I think it's the same thing that I call a "changing pad" (which makes a lot more sense to me:) Another thing that I use them for, is a small "changing station." Our house is two floors plus a basement, so on the main floor and the basement (away from their rooms) I have a nice canvas basket filled with diapers, wipes, and a "changing pad" - it makes a great, convenient changing area that I can easily put back on the bookshelf in the living room, and no one has to know I change diapers there;)

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D.S.

answers from Denver on

It's for when you lay the baby across your lap or across your shoulder to burp and they spit up.

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C.C.

answers from Pueblo on

I would use mine to put under the babies while changing their diapers, they will more often than not, pee while the diaper is off. THey also protect surfaces when baby has a poopie mess and it has smooshed up their back and out their clothes and when they are poopie and you get the diaper off and they roll over and try to crawl away, LOL! Congrats and have fun!!

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T.F.

answers from Billings on

Hey,
Don't feel bad. I am due with #6 in 4 weeks and I have never used a lap pad or heard of them. It has been pretty rare that my babies ever wet on me or my husband while they had a diaper on, sitting on our laps. Just change your baby frequently/as needed and you should be fine. Good Luck.

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J.R.

answers from Denver on

LOL!! I'm only laughing because I didn't know what they were either, I too am a first time mom. Once I figured it out and started using them I love them! I sue them on my daughters changing table and I keep one in her diaper bag, so if I have to change her when we go out and there is a mess it gets on the lap pad rather than all over her clothes or everywhere else. Congrats on being a new momma, you'll love it!!

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D.V.

answers from Denver on

I agree with all other posts. Here are my experiences: on changing pad when changing (I found that a messy diaper smeared on the lap pad and you just threw it in the wash), under head when in bassinet and crib for spit ups, and mostly on my LAP when flying on a plane. Sure enough, I planned on having that and her diaper did leak...however I was protected! :) Now, she uses them for her babydolls (she is 2)

S.U.

answers from New York on

I am expecting my 3rd in May and decided to Google uses of lap pads, because I never knew what they for for. Thanks for posting this question and to all those who answered...very helpful!

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K.D.

answers from Denver on

I use them under the kids head's if they're spitters so I don't have to constantly change sheets. They're helpful when you're holding a newly potty trained kid, too, in case of an accident, but they really don't hold that much. Congratulations!

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