Planning Checklist for Diapering Stations in Shelters
Building and Placing a Diapering Station
- Is diapering station as far from water stations, food prep and dining areas as possible?
- Is the diaper changing surface made of non-porous material?
- Is there a rail or similar barrier that surrounds the diaper changing surface to help protect children from falls?
- Is one station available for every 8 diapered children?
- Is the diapering station within arm’s reach of sink? Sink should not be used for food preparation, dishwashing, or dispensing water to drink.
Stocking the Station
- Is sink stocked with liquid soap? If diapering station cannot be placed within reach of an existing sink and a temporary handwashing station cannot be set up, provide hand sanitizer containing 60 – 95% alcohol. Place sanitizer within reach of caregiver, but out of reach of children (ideally in a fixed wall dispenser).
- Are paper towels or air dryers available for drying hands?
- Is a lidded, plastic-lined trash receptacle (preferably with a foot-operated opening mechanism) available in the diapering area?
- Are clean paper towels, butcher paper, or other disposable materials available for lining the changing table?
- If shelter will provide diapers and wipes, are these placed within reach of caregivers but away from diapering surface?
- Is appropriate disinfectant solution* in reach of caregivers, but out of children’s reach?
*EPA-registered disinfectant appropriate for the diapering surface or freshly prepared bleach solution.
- Are signs posted to instruct caregivers to wash their hands and child’s hands with soap and water immediately after the diaper change?
- Are signs posted to use the diapering station sink for handwashing but not for drinking, cooking, or washing dishes or clothing?
- If diapering station is not near sink or temporary handwashing station, are signs posted at diapering station to direct caregivers to nearest sink?
- Are instructions posted about how to use the disinfectant solution? Consider labeling spray bottle with instructions in large type, or including these instructions on posters about diapering procedures.
Page last reviewed: October 2, 2020