Changing tables are a perfect example of when form follows function. Diapering can be messy and uncomfortable for both parent and baby. A changing table makes the task much less troublesome by creating a safe and comfortable place for baby that is also comfortable and convenient for a parent to use. As new parents, you’ll be changing a tremendous amount of diapers for the next year or so. A changing table is essential to the well planned and organized nursery.
Changing tables come in a variety of styles and with various features to fit different lifestyles. From the very basic table with just a little storage to the elaborate fine furniture combination piece that will last for many years and everything in-between. With all of the beautiful styles available, you’ll be sure to find one that complements your nursery. Many are so well designed they actually grow with your baby or can be used as other pieces of furniture when a changing table is no longer needed.
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What to Look For
This is perhaps the most important quality in a changing table. You’ll need a table that is sturdy, one with solid legs and good joint connections that doesn’t wobble. Purchasing online is often a good way to get a great price so look for a well-known name and a listing of the high-quality features. When in doubt call customer service and ask questions, they are a valuable recourse for information when searching for products online and often receive training directly from the manufacturers and can contact them directly for you for any clarification.
Most changing tables do come with safety straps, pass on any that do not. The safety straps allow you to strap your baby down comfortably so he or she can’t roll off the table.
All good changing tables have some kind of a guard rail all the way around and the higher they are the better. This is important because although guardrails do not replace safety straps they are an extra safety feature. They also come in pretty handy to keep things like powder and wipes from falling off. Even if baby is strapped in, never walk away- always keep one hand on baby.
Many changing pads come with the table and some are purchased separately. Those purchased separately come in a variety of styles (flat, contoured, waterproof, disposable, extra plush and even made from organic materials). Look for pads that can be easily cleaned and purchase extra changing pad covers. If you don’t find any to match your nursery it’s easy to custom make a few that are just right. Make a removable cover from fabric you like, then use iron on waterproof plastic that can be purchased at your local fabric store. Or use disposable pads on top of a fabric cover (make sure to have extras!).
You will need tons of storage space to organize all the little things that go along with a baby. Many changing tables have great storage drawers built right in, some have open shelving with nice baskets and others are open and waiting for your decorative and organizational stamp. If you want to hide things away then drawers are for you but if you like things open, baskets are great. You’ll need enough storage to put plenty of diapers in easy reach, along with creams, creams, ointments, powders, washcloths, wipes, wipe warmers, a million other necessities, not to mention extra clothes.