Wireless Internet Connecting More Americans to Broadband in 2020

Wireless Internet

More Americans are using wireless technology to connect to the internet at broadband speeds. However, most home internet connections still rely on buried cables. But moving forward, wireless seems to be the technology service providers and consumers are most excited about. This according to The State of the Internet in 2020 report from HighSpeedInternet.com. And more broadband access means more opportunities for entrepreneurs and small businesses across the country.

The pandemic showed just how important internet connectivity is. Not for a single group, business, or industry, but for everyone. And for small businesses with limited resources, it is even more important. Wireless broadband access means a small business can allow its workers to work remotely, take orders for pickup or delivery online easily, chat on video to answer customer requests and much more.

The key is making reliable broadband technology available to all regions of the country so individuals and businesses can thrive together. The fact that people and businesses within a couple of miles of each other have disparate technologies is no longer a working model moving forward. Think of what you’d be able to do with improved internet service that you couldn’t do at slower speeds.

Wireless Technology Connecting More Americans to Broadband

Broadband is a catalyst for small business growth because it drives innovation and job creation. According to the SBA, it is essential for:

  • Achieving strategic goals
  • Improving competitiveness
  • Improve efficiency
  • Reach more customers
  • Interact with vendors

Beyond these capabilities the one other thing broadband provides is opportunities. As a small business, you can operate a global enterprise using your broadband connection in your home office or small business in a small town. And the good news is wireless technology is connecting more Americans to broadband.

The report says there are gaps in availability and affordability across the US. But it goes on to say, improvements in technology and internet infrastructure can help bridge the gap. And wireless appears to be the technology companies are experimenting with to deliver broadband.

The technologies:

  • 5G – The fifth generation of cellular data service
  • LEO satellite – Low Earth Orbit satellite internet (Elon Musk’s Starlink)
  • 4G – The fourth generation of cellular data service
  • Fixed-wireless – Uses close by cell towers with a home transceiver to provide connectivity

The good news is these are technologies that are deployed, and they are already in service or running in tests. The technology already running and offering great promise is 5G, which is delivering blazing speeds in locations with the right infrastructure. The 4G infrastructure has been deployed and it is a proven wireless platform for delivering broadband speeds.

Fixed wireless also uses cell towers to provide broadband services in rural areas or places without cable services. This service requires a line of site to the cell tower to work. But with a range of up to 10 miles, there are great opportunities.

Starlink has great ambitions. But once all the LEO satellites are launched (30K or more), broadband internet service will be ubiquitous globally. As of right now, Starlink is running its “Better than Nothing Beta” test in Maine, Montana, North Dakota, and Washington with the more than 835 satellites it has in orbit.

What are Customers Willing to Pay?

The average cost for new internet plans in the U.S. is $48.25 per month, but people are reporting they spend an average of $80 per month. Yet, they consider $20–$50 per month for internet to be a reasonable amount. So, it is not surprising when 61% of Americans think their internet service is overpriced.

And the price is not going to go down anytime soon. As more people rely on internet service and providers are aware of this fact, expect to pay more with each passing year. But then again, once the technology Elon Musk is deploying goes fully online, it can keep the price from going out of control or even lower it for the industry.

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Wireless Internet Connecting More Americans to Broadband in 2020

Wireless Internet

More Americans are using wireless technology to connect to the internet at broadband speeds. However, most home internet connections still rely on buried cables. But moving forward, wireless seems to be the technology service providers and consumers are most excited about. This according to The State of the Internet in 2020 report from HighSpeedInternet.com. And more broadband access means more opportunities for entrepreneurs and small businesses across the country.

The pandemic showed just how important internet connectivity is. Not for a single group, business, or industry, but for everyone. And for small businesses with limited resources, it is even more important. Wireless broadband access means a small business can allow its workers to work remotely, take orders for pickup or delivery online easily, chat on video to answer customer requests and much more.

The key is making reliable broadband technology available to all regions of the country so individuals and businesses can thrive together. The fact that people and businesses within a couple of miles of each other have disparate technologies is no longer a working model moving forward. Think of what you’d be able to do with improved internet service that you couldn’t do at slower speeds.

Wireless Technology Connecting More Americans to Broadband

Broadband is a catalyst for small business growth because it drives innovation and job creation. According to the SBA, it is essential for:

  • Achieving strategic goals
  • Improving competitiveness
  • Improve efficiency
  • Reach more customers
  • Interact with vendors

Beyond these capabilities the one other thing broadband provides is opportunities. As a small business, you can operate a global enterprise using your broadband connection in your home office or small business in a small town. And the good news is wireless technology is connecting more Americans to broadband.

The report says there are gaps in availability and affordability across the US. But it goes on to say, improvements in technology and internet infrastructure can help bridge the gap. And wireless appears to be the technology companies are experimenting with to deliver broadband.

The technologies:

  • 5G – The fifth generation of cellular data service
  • LEO satellite – Low Earth Orbit satellite internet (Elon Musk’s Starlink)
  • 4G – The fourth generation of cellular data service
  • Fixed-wireless – Uses close by cell towers with a home transceiver to provide connectivity

The good news is these are technologies that are deployed, and they are already in service or running in tests. The technology already running and offering great promise is 5G, which is delivering blazing speeds in locations with the right infrastructure. The 4G infrastructure has been deployed and it is a proven wireless platform for delivering broadband speeds.

Fixed wireless also uses cell towers to provide broadband services in rural areas or places without cable services. This service requires a line of site to the cell tower to work. But with a range of up to 10 miles, there are great opportunities.

Starlink has great ambitions. But once all the LEO satellites are launched (30K or more), broadband internet service will be ubiquitous globally. As of right now, Starlink is running its “Better than Nothing Beta” test in Maine, Montana, North Dakota, and Washington with the more than 835 satellites it has in orbit.

What are Customers Willing to Pay?

The average cost for new internet plans in the U.S. is $48.25 per month, but people are reporting they spend an average of $80 per month. Yet, they consider $20–$50 per month for internet to be a reasonable amount. So, it is not surprising when 61% of Americans think their internet service is overpriced.

And the price is not going to go down anytime soon. As more people rely on internet service and providers are aware of this fact, expect to pay more with each passing year. But then again, once the technology Elon Musk is deploying goes fully online, it can keep the price from going out of control or even lower it for the industry.

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Minimum Wages Increase in 25 States in 2021

Minimum Wages Increase

According to a study by Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory 25 states will raise their minimum wage in 2021, with 21 of those states enacting the increases on New Year’s day.

By the beginning of the New Year, New York and Oregon, which both have regional minimum wage rates, will see the highest wages reaching $15.00 in New York City and $14.00 in the Portland Metro Area effective July 1, 2021. 

At the end of the spectrum, the lowest minimum wage rates of $5.15 are in Georgia and Wyoming. However, most employers and employees are subject to the higher federal minimum wage rate of $7.25 per hour.

Increasing the minimum wage is expected to pose more challenges for small businesses already grappling with the effects of the pandemic. According to Small Business Index issued by the Chamber of Commerce, half (50%) of small businesses see their operations continuing for a year or less before having to permanently close. In some extreme cases businesses already hard hit by the pandemic will have to choose between raising wages or terminating staff.

During this quarter more small businesses plan to reduce staff in this quarter (14%) up from 9% last quarter reaching levels not seen since the beginning of the pandemic in late April (13%). Only 27% of businesses plan to increase their number of employees in the next year.

 

Additional Findings

  • To support the healthcare industry, New Jersey has established a minimum wage for direct-care workers employed by long-term health-care facilities. As of September 16, 2020, the minimum wage for these workers is $3.00 higher than the state minimum wage.
  • The city of Emeryville, California will have the highest minimum wage in the country, at $16.84 per hour. 
  • Seattle is the city with the second highest with a minimum wage of $16.69, while the highest state rate will be California’s at $14.00 per hour.
  • Some of the new rates in states such as California, Colorado, Maine, Washington are the result of previously approved incremental increases to reach a specific amount that is considered to be a ‘living wage’. 
  • While other States’ increases reflect an annual cost-of-living adjustment, which accounts for the changes in states like Alaska, Florida, Minnesota, and Montana.

The federal minimum wage has remained at $7.25 since July of 2009, its longest time without an increase since its inception in 1938. However states are free to raise the price floor.

 

Minimum Wage 2021

To keep up with the rules in terms of your staff, here’s a rundown of where the 25 states currently stand. 

Alaska

$10.34 per hour, up fifteen cents from $10.19 per hour, based on a 1.4% increase in the cost of living. Wage rates are adjusted annually based on inflation. School bus drivers are to be paid two times the minimum wage.

Arizona

$12.15 per hour, up from $12.00 per hour. In addition, employees are entitled to paid sick leave, at the rate of one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked, but with limits based on the size of the employer.

Arkansas

$11.00, up from $10.00 per hour.

California

$14.00 per hour, for businesses with 26 or more employees; $13.00 for smaller employers.

Colorado

$12.32 per hour, up from $12.00 per hour.

Connecticut

$12 per hour, scheduled to increase to $13.00 on August 1, 2021.

Florida

$8.65 per hour, up 9 cents, based on a 1.07% increase in the cost of living. Tipped employees must be paid $5.63 per hour, also up 9 cents from the 2020 rate.

Illinois

$11.00 per hour, up from $10.00.

Maine

$12.15 per hour, up from $12.00.

Maryland

In 2021, the minimum wage is $11.75 for large employers and $11.60 for small employers.

Massachusetts

$13.50 per hour, an increase of 75 cents.

Michigan

$9.87, up from $9.65 per hour.

Minnesota

$10.08 per hour (up from $10.00) for employees of large employers with an annual gross volume of sales not less than $500,000. Small employers must pay employees a minimum wage of at least $8.21 per hour (up from $8.15).

Missouri

$10.30, up from $9.45 per hour.

Montana

$8.75 per hour, up 10 cents, based on a 1.31% change in the cost of living and rounded to the nearest 5 cents.

New Jersey

$12.00 per hour for most employees, up from $11.00 per hour. $11.10 per hour for those in seasonal employment, who work on a farm for an hourly or piece-rate wage, or who work for an employer with fewer than six employees.

New Mexico

$10.50 per hour, up from $9.00.

New York

Tiered/Rates vary by region: $15.00 per hour in New York City; $14.00 per hour in Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester counties (then $1.00 each year after, reaching $15.00 on December 31, 2021); $11.80 per hour in remainder of the state.

Nevada

$9.00 per hour for employees who do not receive health benefits, to increase to $9.75 on July 1, 2021. $8.00 per hour for employees who do receive health benefits applies, to increase to $8.75 on July 1, 2020.

Ohio

$8.80 per hour, up 10 cents from $8.70 per hour, based on a 1.4% increase in the cost of living. Wage rates are adjusted annually based on inflation.

Oregon

The state minimum wage is tiered, with the highest rate in the Metro Portland area at $13.25 per hour ($14.00 effective July 1, 2021), the lowest in rural (non-Urban) areas at $11.50 per hour ($12.00 effective July 1, 2021), and a minimum wage of $12.00 per hour ($12.75 effective July 1, 2021) in the rest of the state. Scheduled increases per S.B. 1532, L. 2016.

Pennsylvania

$7.25 per hour, but $13.50 for employees under Governor’s jurisdiction, up from $13.00.

South Dakota

$9.45 per hour, up 15 cents from $9.30 per hour. Wage rates are adjusted annually based on inflation.

Vermont

$11.75 per hour. This is a 79-cent scheduled increase over the $10.96 per hour 2020 rate.

Washington

$13.69 per hour, for employees who have reached the age of 18, based on a 1.39% increase in the cost of living.

Workers under 16 years old can be paid 85% of the adult minimum wage, or $11.64 per hour, in 2021.

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Minimum Wages Increase in 25 States in 2021

Minimum Wages Increase

According to a study by Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory 25 states will raise their minimum wage in 2021, with 21 of those states enacting the increases on New Year’s day.

By the beginning of the New Year, New York and Oregon, which both have regional minimum wage rates, will see the highest wages reaching $15.00 in New York City and $14.00 in the Portland Metro Area effective July 1, 2021. 

At the end of the spectrum, the lowest minimum wage rates of $5.15 are in Georgia and Wyoming. However, most employers and employees are subject to the higher federal minimum wage rate of $7.25 per hour.

Increasing the minimum wage is expected to pose more challenges for small businesses already grappling with the effects of the pandemic. According to Small Business Index issued by the Chamber of Commerce, half (50%) of small businesses see their operations continuing for a year or less before having to permanently close. In some extreme cases businesses already hard hit by the pandemic will have to choose between raising wages or terminating staff.

During this quarter more small businesses plan to reduce staff in this quarter (14%) up from 9% last quarter reaching levels not seen since the beginning of the pandemic in late April (13%). Only 27% of businesses plan to increase their number of employees in the next year.

 

Additional Findings

  • To support the healthcare industry, New Jersey has established a minimum wage for direct-care workers employed by long-term health-care facilities. As of September 16, 2020, the minimum wage for these workers is $3.00 higher than the state minimum wage.
  • The city of Emeryville, California will have the highest minimum wage in the country, at $16.84 per hour. 
  • Seattle is the city with the second highest with a minimum wage of $16.69, while the highest state rate will be California’s at $14.00 per hour.
  • Some of the new rates in states such as California, Colorado, Maine, Washington are the result of previously approved incremental increases to reach a specific amount that is considered to be a ‘living wage’. 
  • While other States’ increases reflect an annual cost-of-living adjustment, which accounts for the changes in states like Alaska, Florida, Minnesota, and Montana.

The federal minimum wage has remained at $7.25 since July of 2009, its longest time without an increase since its inception in 1938. However states are free to raise the price floor.

 

Minimum Wage 2021

To keep up with the rules in terms of your staff, here’s a rundown of where the 25 states currently stand. 

Alaska

$10.34 per hour, up fifteen cents from $10.19 per hour, based on a 1.4% increase in the cost of living. Wage rates are adjusted annually based on inflation. School bus drivers are to be paid two times the minimum wage.

Arizona

$12.15 per hour, up from $12.00 per hour. In addition, employees are entitled to paid sick leave, at the rate of one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked, but with limits based on the size of the employer.

Arkansas

$11.00, up from $10.00 per hour.

California

$14.00 per hour, for businesses with 26 or more employees; $13.00 for smaller employers.

Colorado

$12.32 per hour, up from $12.00 per hour.

Connecticut

$12 per hour, scheduled to increase to $13.00 on August 1, 2021.

Florida

$8.65 per hour, up 9 cents, based on a 1.07% increase in the cost of living. Tipped employees must be paid $5.63 per hour, also up 9 cents from the 2020 rate.

Illinois

$11.00 per hour, up from $10.00.

Maine

$12.15 per hour, up from $12.00.

Maryland

In 2021, the minimum wage is $11.75 for large employers and $11.60 for small employers.

Massachusetts

$13.50 per hour, an increase of 75 cents.

Michigan

$9.87, up from $9.65 per hour.

Minnesota

$10.08 per hour (up from $10.00) for employees of large employers with an annual gross volume of sales not less than $500,000. Small employers must pay employees a minimum wage of at least $8.21 per hour (up from $8.15).

Missouri

$10.30, up from $9.45 per hour.

Montana

$8.75 per hour, up 10 cents, based on a 1.31% change in the cost of living and rounded to the nearest 5 cents.

New Jersey

$12.00 per hour for most employees, up from $11.00 per hour. $11.10 per hour for those in seasonal employment, who work on a farm for an hourly or piece-rate wage, or who work for an employer with fewer than six employees.

New Mexico

$10.50 per hour, up from $9.00.

New York

Tiered/Rates vary by region: $15.00 per hour in New York City; $14.00 per hour in Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester counties (then $1.00 each year after, reaching $15.00 on December 31, 2021); $11.80 per hour in remainder of the state.

Nevada

$9.00 per hour for employees who do not receive health benefits, to increase to $9.75 on July 1, 2021. $8.00 per hour for employees who do receive health benefits applies, to increase to $8.75 on July 1, 2020.

Ohio

$8.80 per hour, up 10 cents from $8.70 per hour, based on a 1.4% increase in the cost of living. Wage rates are adjusted annually based on inflation.

Oregon

The state minimum wage is tiered, with the highest rate in the Metro Portland area at $13.25 per hour ($14.00 effective July 1, 2021), the lowest in rural (non-Urban) areas at $11.50 per hour ($12.00 effective July 1, 2021), and a minimum wage of $12.00 per hour ($12.75 effective July 1, 2021) in the rest of the state. Scheduled increases per S.B. 1532, L. 2016.

Pennsylvania

$7.25 per hour, but $13.50 for employees under Governor’s jurisdiction, up from $13.00.

South Dakota

$9.45 per hour, up 15 cents from $9.30 per hour. Wage rates are adjusted annually based on inflation.

Vermont

$11.75 per hour. This is a 79-cent scheduled increase over the $10.96 per hour 2020 rate.

Washington

$13.69 per hour, for employees who have reached the age of 18, based on a 1.39% increase in the cost of living.

Workers under 16 years old can be paid 85% of the adult minimum wage, or $11.64 per hour, in 2021.

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Best Baby Changing Station for the Wall

Besides providing quality products and services businesses have to make sure they accommodate the needs of their customers. Equally important is how your business is viewed by the public. This goes hand in hand with how you invest in the comfort of your customers. One of the best ways to do this is to provide a clean environment and full bathroom amenities such as baby changing stations.

It means not only accommodating your clients but also their children and possibly your staff’s children. This is where baby changing stations come in to play. Especially for public restrooms in restaurants, businesses, and shops.

Whether you need to install a baby changing station in your customer’s restroom or for employees who bring children to work, find the best ones here.

Best Baby Changing Stations for the Wall 

Koala Kare Horizontal Baby Changing Station

Koala Kare KB20000 Horizontal Baby Changing Station

Top Pick: The body of this horizontal diaper changing station is made from injection-molded polypropylene. And the bed surface contains microban antimicrobial that helps in reducing odor-causing bacteria. It complies with ADA standards for accessible design and the 2009 ICC A117.1 standards.

It is 23.5 x 35.18 x 22 inches and weighs 27.5 pounds. The steel chassis and steel hinges offer greater resistance and wear, and it can support up to 200 pounds.

Koala Kare KB20000 Horizontal Baby Changing Station

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ECR4Kids Wall-Mounted Baby Changing Station

ECR4Kids Wall-Mounted Baby Changing Station with 500 Disposable Liners

Runner Up: The ECR4Kids is made from antibacterial high-density polyethylene providing both strength and durability. Built to accommodate infants and toddlers of up to 3.5 years it has a concave shape and concave adjustable child-safety strap to keep kids comfortable and safe.

It is 35.5 x 19 x 4 inches and weighs around 21 pounds, with a weight capacity of 250 lbs. The space-saving design comes with a concealed pneumatic cylinder that ensures slow, safe, controlled opening and closing. It comes with two diaper bag/purse hooks that hold up to 25 lbs. each, two built-in sanitary paper liner dispensers and 500-count disposable liners.

ECR4Kids Wall-Mounted Baby Changing Station with 500 Disposable Liners

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Rubbermaid Commercial Horizontal Baby Changing Station

Rubbermaid Commercial Horizontal Baby Changing Station

Best Value: The Rubbermaid baby changing table is made with polypropylene. It is designed to not absorb moisture and prevent the spread of germs with antimicrobial protection. And it meets the EN, ADA, and ASTM safety standards.

The changing station comes with easy-to-reach hooks, a built-in shelf and liner storage, and is available in horizontal and vertical orientations. It features a concealed pneumatic cylinder and oversized hinge and shock absorbers for one-handed opening. It is33.25 x 21.5 inches and weighs 19.75 lbs.

Rubbermaid Commercial Horizontal Baby Changing Station

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Alpine Industries Baby Changing Diaper Station

Alpine Industries Wall Mounted Baby Changing Station

This is a fold-down diaper station made with antimicrobial coated polypropylene. It features dual liner holders to accommodate up to 100 film liners and it is outfitted with two side hooks, allowing users to hang a diaper bag and another item.

It is 19.68 x 34.25 x 20.31 inches, weighs 24 lbs., supports up to 220lbs, and meets ADA, FDA, and ASTM global safety standards.

Alpine Industries Wall Mounted Baby Changing Station – Horizontal Fold Down Diaper Changing Table

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Continental Baby Changing Station

Continental 8252-H White Horizontal Baby Changing Station

Continental’s baby changing station features a contemporary, easy to clean, concave surface to comfortably accommodate infants with adjustable safety straps. Made with polyethylene that inhibits bacterial growth it comes with dual liner dispensers that can hold approximately 50 liners for protection. And pneumatic shocks enable one-hand opening and closing.

When open, the station measures x 34-1/4 x 18 inches (Height x Width x Depth) and it measures 4” (Depth) when closed. It weighs 16.2 lbs. and it can hold up to 250 lbs.

Continental 8252-H White Horizontal Baby Changing Station

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TCBunny Wall-Mounted Baby Changing Station

TCBunny Wall-Mounted Baby Changing Station Horizontal Diaper Changing Table with Safety Straps White

TCBunny is made from polypropylene with a horizontal changing station designed for infants and toddlers up to 3.5 years old. For added convenience, the unit comes with a built-in shelf and two accessory holders to keep all necessary items safely out of a child’s reach.

Furthermore, the one-hand open and close design allows for easy access to the changing platform, while the concealed pneumatic cylinder and hinge structure provide controlled, smooth opening and closing of the table. It is 33.25 x 21.5 x 4 inches, weighs 24.6 lbs., and meets ASTM, ADA, FDA, and EN safety standards.

TCBunny Wall-Mounted Baby Changing Station Horizontal Diaper Changing Table with Safety Straps White

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Modundry Fold Down Baby Changing Station

Modundry Fold-Down Baby Changing Diaper Station - Horizontal Wall Mounted

Modundry’s wall-mounted baby changing station comes with a smooth and comfortable concave surface and an adjustable safety strap to keep children safely in place. The 900 design helps save space and coupled with a concealed pneumatic cylinder ensures slow, safe, controlled opening and closing.

It is 32.76 x 23.15 x 5.43 inches, weighs 24 lbs., has weight capacity of 250 lbs, and has two diaper bag hooks that can hold up to 25 pounds.

Modundry Fold-Down Baby Changing Diaper Station – Horizontal Wall Mounted, Sturdy & Durable with Safety Straps for Commercial Bathrooms

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Important Features to Look Out for in Your Next Baby Changing Stations

  • Easy to Clean Options: Diaper changes can get messy. Look for units that are easy to clean and maintain. Look for materials that are waterproof, either plastic or silicone allowing you to easily wipe away messes.
  • Storage: A good changing table not only affords comfort and privacy but also functionality. Look for those that allow you to hang your bag, storage for essential supplies and have safety straps or harnesses.
  • Ease of Installation: Walls made from tiles, concrete or metal all have different mounting requirements. Look for changing tables that come with a full set of installation instructions. Also, beware of suppliers that do not offer mounting accessories.
  • Mount type: You have the option of a mounted or countertop mounted stations. Wall-mounted changing tables are more common because these units are usually a little easier to fit into a space and come with additional features, such as storage compartments.
  • Dimensions: Depending on the available space you may opt for horizontal or vertical changing stations. Some units come in both positions, and which to choose very much depends on the dimensions and needs of the space you want it to go in.
  • Material: The material should be one that is strong and sturdy, so parents do not have to worry about their baby rolling off of the table and getting injured. It can be either made from plastic or metal but make sure that there is sufficient cushioning for the toddlers’ comfort. It should have antibacterial components and can be easily washable. Also look for stations that are vandal proof.
  • Price: Baby changing stations can cost as little as under $100 to as much as $2,000. Investing on quality for this product is advisable.

 Safety and Space

There are quite a few types of baby changing units you can put in public locations, that come with a range of features. Before you start buying a changing station, consider these two very important factors, safety and space.

Safety

The safety of toddlers during diaper changes is of utmost importance. And the baby station you install must reflect that. Make sure that your changing station is as safe as possible. And it all starts by buying a strong baby station made with solid materials and has safety certifications on par with industry standards.

After you purchase it, the next safety measure you should take is proper installation. If you are not a handy person, have a professional install it for you. This will help you avoid many complications later.

Space

The first step is to see if your baby changing station you choose fits in your bathroom. Baby changing stations come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can range in complexity in terms of their design (vertical Vs. horizontal), do they fold down or not.

Your changing station will need to provide enough room in front for users to comfortably change their baby. Equally important is to locate your baby changing station in a place where it will not obstruct traffic, get in the way of or damage other washroom equipment.

Having a baby changing station is one more way to better serve the needs of your customers. If you are going to make the station available, buy the best one your budget allows so your customers feel secure with the most important thing in their life, their child.

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Best Baby Changing Station for the Wall

Besides providing quality products and services businesses have to make sure they accommodate the needs of their customers. Equally important is how your business is viewed by the public. This goes hand in hand with how you invest in the comfort of your customers. One of the best ways to do this is to provide a clean environment and full bathroom amenities such as baby changing stations.

It means not only accommodating your clients but also their children and possibly your staff’s children. This is where baby changing stations come in to play. Especially for public restrooms in restaurants, businesses, and shops.

Whether you need to install a baby changing station in your customer’s restroom or for employees who bring children to work, find the best ones here.

Best Baby Changing Stations for the Wall 

Koala Kare Horizontal Baby Changing Station

Koala Kare KB20000 Horizontal Baby Changing Station

Top Pick: The body of this horizontal diaper changing station is made from injection-molded polypropylene. And the bed surface contains microban antimicrobial that helps in reducing odor-causing bacteria. It complies with ADA standards for accessible design and the 2009 ICC A117.1 standards.

It is 23.5 x 35.18 x 22 inches and weighs 27.5 pounds. The steel chassis and steel hinges offer greater resistance and wear, and it can support up to 200 pounds.

Koala Kare KB20000 Horizontal Baby Changing Station

Buy on Amazon

ECR4Kids Wall-Mounted Baby Changing Station

ECR4Kids Wall-Mounted Baby Changing Station with 500 Disposable Liners

Runner Up: The ECR4Kids is made from antibacterial high-density polyethylene providing both strength and durability. Built to accommodate infants and toddlers of up to 3.5 years it has a concave shape and concave adjustable child-safety strap to keep kids comfortable and safe.

It is 35.5 x 19 x 4 inches and weighs around 21 pounds, with a weight capacity of 250 lbs. The space-saving design comes with a concealed pneumatic cylinder that ensures slow, safe, controlled opening and closing. It comes with two diaper bag/purse hooks that hold up to 25 lbs. each, two built-in sanitary paper liner dispensers and 500-count disposable liners.

ECR4Kids Wall-Mounted Baby Changing Station with 500 Disposable Liners

Buy on Amazon

Rubbermaid Commercial Horizontal Baby Changing Station

Rubbermaid Commercial Horizontal Baby Changing Station

Best Value: The Rubbermaid baby changing table is made with polypropylene. It is designed to not absorb moisture and prevent the spread of germs with antimicrobial protection. And it meets the EN, ADA, and ASTM safety standards.

The changing station comes with easy-to-reach hooks, a built-in shelf and liner storage, and is available in horizontal and vertical orientations. It features a concealed pneumatic cylinder and oversized hinge and shock absorbers for one-handed opening. It is33.25 x 21.5 inches and weighs 19.75 lbs.

Rubbermaid Commercial Horizontal Baby Changing Station

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Alpine Industries Baby Changing Diaper Station

Alpine Industries Wall Mounted Baby Changing Station

This is a fold-down diaper station made with antimicrobial coated polypropylene. It features dual liner holders to accommodate up to 100 film liners and it is outfitted with two side hooks, allowing users to hang a diaper bag and another item.

It is 19.68 x 34.25 x 20.31 inches, weighs 24 lbs., supports up to 220lbs, and meets ADA, FDA, and ASTM global safety standards.

Alpine Industries Wall Mounted Baby Changing Station – Horizontal Fold Down Diaper Changing Table

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Continental Baby Changing Station

Continental 8252-H White Horizontal Baby Changing Station

Continental’s baby changing station features a contemporary, easy to clean, concave surface to comfortably accommodate infants with adjustable safety straps. Made with polyethylene that inhibits bacterial growth it comes with dual liner dispensers that can hold approximately 50 liners for protection. And pneumatic shocks enable one-hand opening and closing.

When open, the station measures x 34-1/4 x 18 inches (Height x Width x Depth) and it measures 4” (Depth) when closed. It weighs 16.2 lbs. and it can hold up to 250 lbs.

Continental 8252-H White Horizontal Baby Changing Station

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TCBunny Wall-Mounted Baby Changing Station

TCBunny Wall-Mounted Baby Changing Station Horizontal Diaper Changing Table with Safety Straps White

TCBunny is made from polypropylene with a horizontal changing station designed for infants and toddlers up to 3.5 years old. For added convenience, the unit comes with a built-in shelf and two accessory holders to keep all necessary items safely out of a child’s reach.

Furthermore, the one-hand open and close design allows for easy access to the changing platform, while the concealed pneumatic cylinder and hinge structure provide controlled, smooth opening and closing of the table. It is 33.25 x 21.5 x 4 inches, weighs 24.6 lbs., and meets ASTM, ADA, FDA, and EN safety standards.

TCBunny Wall-Mounted Baby Changing Station Horizontal Diaper Changing Table with Safety Straps White

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Modundry Fold Down Baby Changing Station

Modundry Fold-Down Baby Changing Diaper Station - Horizontal Wall Mounted

Modundry’s wall-mounted baby changing station comes with a smooth and comfortable concave surface and an adjustable safety strap to keep children safely in place. The 900 design helps save space and coupled with a concealed pneumatic cylinder ensures slow, safe, controlled opening and closing.

It is 32.76 x 23.15 x 5.43 inches, weighs 24 lbs., has weight capacity of 250 lbs, and has two diaper bag hooks that can hold up to 25 pounds.

Modundry Fold-Down Baby Changing Diaper Station – Horizontal Wall Mounted, Sturdy & Durable with Safety Straps for Commercial Bathrooms

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Important Features to Look Out for in Your Next Baby Changing Stations

  • Easy to Clean Options: Diaper changes can get messy. Look for units that are easy to clean and maintain. Look for materials that are waterproof, either plastic or silicone allowing you to easily wipe away messes.
  • Storage: A good changing table not only affords comfort and privacy but also functionality. Look for those that allow you to hang your bag, storage for essential supplies and have safety straps or harnesses.
  • Ease of Installation: Walls made from tiles, concrete or metal all have different mounting requirements. Look for changing tables that come with a full set of installation instructions. Also, beware of suppliers that do not offer mounting accessories.
  • Mount type: You have the option of a mounted or countertop mounted stations. Wall-mounted changing tables are more common because these units are usually a little easier to fit into a space and come with additional features, such as storage compartments.
  • Dimensions: Depending on the available space you may opt for horizontal or vertical changing stations. Some units come in both positions, and which to choose very much depends on the dimensions and needs of the space you want it to go in.
  • Material: The material should be one that is strong and sturdy, so parents do not have to worry about their baby rolling off of the table and getting injured. It can be either made from plastic or metal but make sure that there is sufficient cushioning for the toddlers’ comfort. It should have antibacterial components and can be easily washable. Also look for stations that are vandal proof.
  • Price: Baby changing stations can cost as little as under $100 to as much as $2,000. Investing on quality for this product is advisable.

 Safety and Space

There are quite a few types of baby changing units you can put in public locations, that come with a range of features. Before you start buying a changing station, consider these two very important factors, safety and space.

Safety

The safety of toddlers during diaper changes is of utmost importance. And the baby station you install must reflect that. Make sure that your changing station is as safe as possible. And it all starts by buying a strong baby station made with solid materials and has safety certifications on par with industry standards.

After you purchase it, the next safety measure you should take is proper installation. If you are not a handy person, have a professional install it for you. This will help you avoid many complications later.

Space

The first step is to see if your baby changing station you choose fits in your bathroom. Baby changing stations come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can range in complexity in terms of their design (vertical Vs. horizontal), do they fold down or not.

Your changing station will need to provide enough room in front for users to comfortably change their baby. Equally important is to locate your baby changing station in a place where it will not obstruct traffic, get in the way of or damage other washroom equipment.

Having a baby changing station is one more way to better serve the needs of your customers. If you are going to make the station available, buy the best one your budget allows so your customers feel secure with the most important thing in their life, their child.

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Spotlight: Vitality Beyond 50 Targets a Specific Niche in the Wellness Industry

People’s health needs can change with age. But many wellness brands today focus mainly on young adults. Luckily, Vitality Beyond 50 is there to provide guidance specifically geared toward women in a different age group. Read more about the company below in this week’s Small Business Spotlight.

What the Business Does

Provides nutritional guidance for women over 50.

Founder Kristine Bahr told Small Business Trends, “I am an Integrative Functional Medicine nutritionist. I help women over 50 regain their energy and vitality with a personalized treatment plan including nutritional services and supplements.”

Business Niche

Bringing scientific testing and experience to clients.

Bahr says, “I have 20 years of experience as an Integrative Functional Medicine Nutritionist. I do scientific testing to determine the root cause of any illness.”

How the Business Got Started

By niching down another venture.

Bahr explains, “Vitality Beyond 50 is an offshoot of my present business, Cutting Edge Wellness.”

Biggest Win

Seeing results with clients.

Bahr says, “In my business history, I have helped thousands of clients, all ages achieve optimal health.”

She adds, “The best gifts I have received are women having babies after being they were infertile. It is a joy to my heart.”

Biggest Risk

Setting up in a new area.

Bahr says, “The biggest risk is when I moved from the Berkshires to Boston. I had to develop my business in a new location.”

How They’d Spend an Extra $100,000

Exploring new areas and continuing to serve clients, just in new ways.

Bahr explains, “I would travel more (excluding COVID restrictions) and write a book.”

Favorite Quote

“It is a time of Great Awakening. A time for waking up to who you are, not who others think you are.” Abraham Hicks

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Spotlight: Vitality Beyond 50 Targets a Specific Niche in the Wellness Industry

People’s health needs can change with age. But many wellness brands today focus mainly on young adults. Luckily, Vitality Beyond 50 is there to provide guidance specifically geared toward women in a different age group. Read more about the company below in this week’s Small Business Spotlight.

What the Business Does

Provides nutritional guidance for women over 50.

Founder Kristine Bahr told Small Business Trends, “I am an Integrative Functional Medicine nutritionist. I help women over 50 regain their energy and vitality with a personalized treatment plan including nutritional services and supplements.”

Business Niche

Bringing scientific testing and experience to clients.

Bahr says, “I have 20 years of experience as an Integrative Functional Medicine Nutritionist. I do scientific testing to determine the root cause of any illness.”

How the Business Got Started

By niching down another venture.

Bahr explains, “Vitality Beyond 50 is an offshoot of my present business, Cutting Edge Wellness.”

Biggest Win

Seeing results with clients.

Bahr says, “In my business history, I have helped thousands of clients, all ages achieve optimal health.”

She adds, “The best gifts I have received are women having babies after being they were infertile. It is a joy to my heart.”

Biggest Risk

Setting up in a new area.

Bahr says, “The biggest risk is when I moved from the Berkshires to Boston. I had to develop my business in a new location.”

How They’d Spend an Extra $100,000

Exploring new areas and continuing to serve clients, just in new ways.

Bahr explains, “I would travel more (excluding COVID restrictions) and write a book.”

Favorite Quote

“It is a time of Great Awakening. A time for waking up to who you are, not who others think you are.” Abraham Hicks

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Find out more about the Small Biz Spotlight program

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