New babies require a lot of diaper changes (six to eight times a day) during the early months. A baby changing table can make diaper duty much easier by providing a comfortable, convenient and safe space for you to fresh up your little one.
Although some parents opt for not purchasing a changing table and instead just use the changing pad that comes with their diaper bag to change their babies in their bed, couch or floor, most mums and daddies find it helpful to have a dedicated changing area with handy storage space, raised guardrails, all at a comfortable bending height.
If you are new parenting looking to buy a baby changing table for your little munchkin, know that there are three basic choices for you to choose from.
- Open-Shelf Style – Featuring several open shelves, this changing table is your least expensive option. The top of the table has sturdy guardrails designed to hold your baby and the shelves can be used to keep the changing accessories organized and at easy to reach.
- Dresser/Changer Combo – Dressers that feature three to four drawers and a changing tray attached to the top. That tray is usually a removable one that you can take out when the diaper -changing stage finishes. Because you will use the dresser longer, this may be a more economical option in the long run.
- Hybrid – A changer and dresser combined in one piece. This style generally has some dresser drawers, a changing tray on the top and some open shelves or a cabinet compartment, depending on the model. Due to its multistage feature, this style can be used as bedroom storage for years to come.
Things to Look for in a Baby Changing Table
Consider a changing table that is strong, stable and offers some kind of protection (raised sides for example) to prevent your baby from rolling off the surface. Make sure there are no sharp edges, limb or finger traps as well. The raised sides should be at least 10cm high – this is high enough to prevent roll-offs. Restraint straps and harnesses can be helpful to secure your baby, but these are not a substitute for normal safety measures and proper attention.
Choose a changing table that offers plenty of storage to keep diapers, wipes and other baby essentials within arm’s reach, so you don’t have to go far to fetch things. Also, make sure the drawers or shelves are large enough to accommodate your baby necessities. While a table with just one shelf is still useful, multiple shelves and side trays give the most of storage.
Look for a changing table model that suits your height. This will saves you from having to bend or reach too far while changing diapers – remember you will do this at least 6 times a day!