Buying the Best Changing Table for You and Your Baby
As any parent is only too aware, nappy changing is as unavoidable as taxes. However, there are some easy things you could do that will make this more comfortable for both you and your little one. Here’s how to choose the best diaper changing station for your needs.
Height and Width of the Baby Changing Table
Height: Baby changing stations are made for the “average” person, and let’s get real, you’re not average! No one is! So look for a table that suits your needs, not too low, not too high…just right for you is all that’s important. Dimensions are normally provided online for each table.
Width: You want your child to have enough room to have a wriggle on without the risk of falling. A changing table with a rail is better again.
How Sturdy is the Table?
Check the construction, give it a shake and if you’ve any doubts DON’T BUY IT. A clerk once told me not to worry about the construction too much as all the tables are covered by a guarantee to be replaced or get your money back. I pointed out my son doesn’t come with such a guarantee
Room for Supplies?
Consider all different items you need to have on hand when changing a diaper. Diapers, wipes, lotions, washcloths, extra clothing, nail trimming supplies and baby thermometers are common changing table items. Is there room to store these items on the changing table you want? If not, are there places to put baskets or containers with these items in or near the changing table? Space is ESSENTIAL as you’ll need to have supplies close to the changing table so you don’t have to leave baby UNATTENDED to gather diapers and wipes from across the room. You don’t need me to tell you it only takes a seconds inattention and disaster can strike.
Diaper Changing Mats
If you’re stuck for space or just don’t want a baby furniture changing table, you can easily put a diaper changing station on top of a low dresser or table. Simply buy a changing pad and don’t forget to have a basket for supplies.
Used Changing Tables are Often Safe.
Normally, baby furniture changing tables don’t get rough treatment so you could save a fortune with secondhand. Once again, check construction, make sure it’s not damaged and there’s no screws or nails sticking out anywhere baby might find them.
There are lots of baby furniture changing tables to choose from and deciding on what kind of baby changing table to buy can be quite overwhelming for new parents.