There are many styles of diaper changing tables available, and you can customize the diaper changing area for your convenience with baby changing station accessories. Some parents skip the traditional diaper changing table altogether and design a baby changing system that works best for their home. Here’s how to choose the best baby changing table for your needs.
Better to have a Solid Changing Table
Before buying any diaper changing table, look carefully to the construction and shake it to see if it’s uneven or unsafe for your beautiful baby. If the changing table seems rickety in the store, it likely won’t get any better once you get it home and especially when you put a wiggly baby on top of it. Also, if there’s a rail to help keep baby on the changing table, be sure it’s securely attached. Antique stores can be a great source of beautiful changing tables that still have lots of life in them. Just be sure there are no exposed nails or other structural problems before using an antique changing table.
Unlike cribs and car seats, diaper changing tables hasn’t changed much in the past few decades (not much new technology in this product 🙂 ), so don’t be afraid to look at used tables in this area. As long as there’s a safe area for baby to lay down for diaper changes, and you don’t leave the baby unattended, it shouldn’t matter whether you buy the top-of-the-line new changing table or use the dresser top from your own childhood nursery.
Changing Table Size
Diaper changing tables come in many shapes and sizes. Check the height of the changing table and be sure that it is easy for both parents to reach the diaper changing surface without stretching or stooping. You wouldn’t want to have a changing table that you won’t be able use comfortably.
Enough Space for Supplies
Consider all of the diaper changing items you want to have on hand at your baby changing table. Diapers, wipes, lotions, washcloths, extra clothing, nail trimming supplies and baby thermometers are common changing table items. Are there places to store these items in the changing table you like (an example one)? If not, are there places to stash baskets or containers with those supplies in or near the changing table? You’ll need to have diapering supplies close to the changing table so you don’t have to leave the baby unattended to gather diapers and wipes from across the room. This may not be that important for the first couple of months, but when your baby starts turning right and left, definitely this can be dangerous. Pay extra attention to this one.
If you’re short on space or just don’t want to spend money for a separate changing table, you can easily put a diaper changing station on top of a low dresser (often called high-low dressers) or other nursery surface. Again, antique stores can be a great source for beautiful nursery dressers that can be used as changing tables. Most baby products stores carry changing table pads that sit on top of the dresser to create a comfortable changing station. Add a basket on top for supplies or stock a dresser drawer with diapers and wipes to complete your diaper changing area.
Go Without a Changing Table?
I know it’s tempting to buy a complete nursery set up for your baby, however you can safely cut the changing table out of your nursery budget. I know many families have gone without a changing table altogether. You can use a basket with diapering supplies and a small, waterproof changing pad. You can move the basket around the apartment for a portable, cheap and convenient diaper changing area. We had one of these and it helped us a lot for both our sons. Even if you will have a changing table, I can confidently suggest you to have something like this :