A changing table provides a designated safe place for you to change your baby’s diaper. Whether you opt for a traditional changing table or a dresser with a changing pad on top, you’ll be happy to have a go-to spot for diaper changes. It’s easy and convenient to have all the necessary diaper changing gear — wipes, diapers and diaper rash cream — organized in one area. Be sure to have a diaper pail within arm’s reach for easy disposal of dirty diapers! Baby change table are especially helpful for moms who are recovering from C-sections, because bending over at the waist can be uncomfortable, so if you know ahead of time you might get one, this might be a good investment for you.
Types of changing tables
If you’ve already started to feather the nest, you may have noticed that most changing tables fall into one of three categories:
- Basic changing tables with great storage options.
- Space saving, two-in-one changing tables connected right to the crib.
- Convertible changing tables set on top of a chest of drawers that can be used as a dresser long after baby is potty trained.
Things to consider when buying a changing table
Any of the three types of changing tables will make diaper duty a breeze. However, when choosing a changing table, there are some important things to consider:
- Safety. Furniture needs to be secured to the wall so that it doesn’t topple over on your baby. Most changing tables come with the anchors and tethers to brace it in place. If not, the local hardware store will have the pieces you need.
- Storage. To handle baby’s business quickly, you’ll want to keep diaper cream, diapers and disposable wipes handy and easily accessible. However, it’s best to have a table that lets you store them out of baby’s reach, or you’ll risk items ending up in baby’s mouth — or on the floor — while you’re trying to execute a quick change.
- Straps. While they’re a nice feature for nervous first-time parents, don’t rely upon or get too comfortable with changing table straps. You should never leave baby unattended, even if it’s to grab a toy or a pair of pajamas in the same room. Always keep one hand on your LO.
- Non-toxic paint. When using a hand-me-down changing table, make sure the paint finish is non-toxic and safe. Even freshly painted vintage finds can be hiding lead paint, which can be extremely dangerous for developing babies.
- Baby’s weight. It’s harder than you think to diaper a big, squirmy baby. When baby reaches 30 pounds, usually around a year old, it’s safer to change him on a pad or towel on the floor. But don’t worry! You’ll be an expert by then.