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Changing Tables
Changing Tables

852 Changing Tables

Changing tables make for a comfortable place to change diapers for both you and your baby. There are many ready-made styles to choose from, or consider creating your own with a chest and changing pad. Regardless of what you choose, your baby’s safety is of the highest concern, so make sure your changing table is as reliable as it is comfortable. More 
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What type of changing tables are available?

In general, there are three basic styles to choose from:
Open shelves: These changing tables feature a table with protective guardrails and shelving beneath for holding changing needs.
Dresser drawer: This style is essentially a chest of drawers with a surface converted into a changing space. This option is long-lasting since it will continue to work as a functional chest after your baby has grown out of diapers.
Combo units: these are a great solution if space is tight as they’re generally smaller in size while still including all the essentials. Along with a changing area on top, it includes long drawers for clothing, smaller drawers for powders and wipes and a space to stack diapers.

What type of changing pads should I purchase?

Changing pads give your baby a comfortable and safe place to rest during a diaper change. Consider these three options:
Countoured pads: Through upward curved edges and an adjustable safety strap, contoured pads work to prevent your baby from an accidental tumble. Non-skid bottoms keep the pad in place, and a vinyl exterior helps for easy cleaning.
Multi-use, waterproof pads: These are great if you’re on the go: they’re thin and easy to roll up, and come with a vinyl or waterproof cloth exterior for a quick clean.
Disposable pads: Quilted on top and waterproof on the bottom, these are great for a quick one-time use.

What should I think about in terms of safety?

You want your baby to be comfortable while being changed, but first and foremost you must consider his safety. Find a changing table that allows you to keep all changing essentials within reach so you never need to take your hands or eyes off your baby. Consider barriers and safety straps to keep active babies safely contained, and if your changing table is on wheels, be sure they remain locked. In addition, check out the construction of the table before buying: if it’s at all rickety, it could be dangerous once your baby is on board.

How big should the changing table be?

This depends a lot on your style preference and what you can appropriately fit into your baby’s nursery, but you also want to think about the different things you’d like to store in it. Think about something that will include room for diapers, wipes, lotions, washcloths, clothing, etc. so it’s all at hand.

Are there other options besides the typical changing table?

Since you can buy changing pads separately, it’s pretty simple to transform any chest or dresser into a changing table. Be sure there is enough surface space to comfortably fit the changing pad, and enough storage to keep all necessities within reach.

Can I re-use an older changing table?

Unlike cribs and car seats, you can generally use a hand-me-down changing table without much worry. As long as the changing area is safe and the table is sturdy, it will function just as well.
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