The Most Commonly Asked Questions about Changing Tables
What are some safety features I should look for?
While you are changing your baby's diaper, you should always keep one hand on your child and do your best to focus on the task at hand. However, a work surface with a safe design can help make getting your baby fresh and clean a little easier. When considering tables, look for the following safety features:
- A stable structure that will not wobble or tip easily
- A securing strap that is easy to fasten and adjust
- Side rails that are at least two inches high to deter rolling
- A large, comfortable pad with contoured edges can also help prevent rolling
What are some convenience features I should look for?
Since you will be using a changing table several times a day, a table that is a comfortable height for you to use can make a big difference. Extra space on the changing surface can allow you to keep all the diapering necessities in quick reach and prevent you from having to carry your baby across the room if you need to get the diaper cream. Shelves or drawers underneath the changing top can hold additional supplies and save you a few extra steps.
What are some common style features?
Tables are most frequently offered in neutral colors such as white, gray and natural wood. Pieces can feature distressed finishes, decorative and carved details, curved lines or traditional styling and can be a great complement to a variety of nursery themes.
Smaller tables usually have two shelves under the changing surface for holding storage bins, diapers, wipes or other baby care items. These compact pieces can be a great space-saving choice and can also be used as storage shelves once your child has passed the diaper stage. If your nursery is more spacious or lots of storage area is a must for you, a larger piece may be the right choice. These tables often have designs that look similar to a traditional dresser. They have a large work surface and typically have 6 to 12 storage drawers. These pieces frequently feature a removable changing top that allows the bottom portion to function as a dresser as your child grows.
How much does a changing table cost?
Smaller tables with clean and simple designs start at less than $100. Larger, more ornate styles are often a set that consists of a dresser and changing topper. These pieces can cost up to about $1,500.