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Extensive Baby Changing Table Information To Help You Choose the Perfect One for You and Your Baby. Including Info on Safety, Features and More...

Your nursery room changing table will be very, very well used over the next 18 months or so.

Changing your baby's sweet bottom will soon become a big part of your day. Add to this, changing clothes, cutting nails, brushing hair, wiping sticky eyes and checking up baby's nose, not to mention tickling, kissing and nibbling that bare tummy and toes, and you may as well camp out at the baby changing table for the first few months.

It's important that you choose one that will be comfortable and safe for you and your baby.


Read on to find out what to look for in a changing table...




Factors to Consider When

Evaluating Baby Changing Tables



Although there are many different types and styles of baby changing table, there are a few basic features that you should be on the look out for when you go shopping...

Safety Features

This is your first priority. Babies can easily roll off of an unsafe changing table. Such falls have resulted in serious head injuries in the past. Click here for detailed baby furniture safety guidelines for changing tables.




Convenience Features

Look out for:
{Southshore Andover Changing Table}
baby changing table dresser combo
  • Enough storage and organization space.
  • A comfortable height - just above your waist. (Changing tables vary from around 33 to 40 inches in height.)
  • Enough elbow room. You don't want to be all cramped up when you're trying to change baby, especially if he's crying!
  • Space on top of the table for your waste bin, as well as, your wipes warmer if applicable.
  • Mobility. Some changing tables come with casters. Look out for this if mobility is important to you. Check that at least two of the casters are lockable.
  • A changing table that can be converted into a dresser, if you plan to use it in a toddler's room later.



Quality Changing Tables and Your Budget


The price of a changing table can range from as little as $80, to around a thousand. (Even more if you include the hand painted models).

If your budget is tight, there are numerous options available for discount changing tables. Check out our discount baby furniture page and follow the pointers there. Also bear the following in mind:
  • You can buy a portable baby changer for as little as $40, although it obviously does not have the benefit of storage space.
  • Open front changers are less expensive than dressers.
  • Wood is markedly less expensive than iron in most cases.
  • Crib 'n changer combos are less expensive than buying a similar baby crib and changing table separately.
  • In the case of some suppliers, nursery furniture sets are steeply discounted in comparison to buying each item individually.
  • If you intend to buy a portable/travel crib, remember that many of these come with a bassinet feature. Consider using this as your changing area.


Baby Changing Table Finishes


Changing tables are made of either wood or metal and come in a wide variety of finishes.

Iron changing tables are made to match their corresponding baby crib, but they really aren't very practical. If you have decided on an iron baby crib, you do not have to be tied in to an iron changing table. Wood and metal go beautifully together, and the combination will make for an interesting, eye-catching baby nursery.

Whether wood or metal, there are way too many finishes to mention here. The finish you choose will depend mainly on the baby crib you have chosen for your cutie-pie.

See baby crib finishes for more information...



Baby Changing Table Pads


{Wesco Extra Safe Shaped Changing Mat}
baby changing pad
Changing table pads are available in a few different models, the most readily available being:
  • Laminated or cloth covered.
  • Contoured on 2, 3, or 4 sides.
  • Steep extra safe contour.

It's best to look for a laminated pad for easy cleaning, with contours on at least three sides for safety. Use a terry toweling cover to keep baby warm and snug.



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And that's about it for changing table features!




Try to have your changing table set-up and ready in your baby nursery by two months before your due date. Newborns have been known to arrive early, no matter how inconvenient!




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