Being a new mom or dad is a wonderful, though slightly stressful, experience; filled with smiles, laughter, and perhaps more than a few sleepless nights. One downside to welcoming a new baby into the world, however, is having to change countless diapers - and we mean countless…Therefore, you are going to want to invest in a high-quality changing table to help get you through it a little more comfortably. Changing tables are a great investment due to their practical, easy-to-use design that can be used well into your little one’s second year. Many changing tables these days can also double as a dresser, meaning that this product can be used in your child’s bedroom for years to come.
Before you go rushing off and selecting any old changing table, however, there are a few factors that you may want to consider beforehand. Firstly, baby changing tables come in a huge range of sizes. The size you opt for is going to depend on the space you have available in your child’s room or nursery as well as your little ones height and weight. To prepare for this, we recommend measuring the desired room beforehand to see how much space you have available and weighing your child to ensure that they fit the capacity requirements for the table.
Another factor to consider is the material the changing table is made from. Most baby changing tables are made from durable wood materials for both aesthetic and safety reasons. The most common woods used in the creation of changing tables are cherry and walnut as they are both sturdy and long lasting. Products made from wood also tend to be available in the most colors, ranging from white, grey, cherry, and natural.
Another important matter to think about before making a purchase is how much storage space you will require. Most high-end changing tables have a useful standing shelf design that allows you to store items such as diaper bags
, cloth diapers
, and baby oil
with ease. This added storage means you have everything you need on hand to get the job done quickly and efficiently. If, however, you are short on space then you may want to opt for a corner style changing table or a wall mounted product instead. Be aware, though, that wall mounted products will require much more assembly and are usually made from plastic rather than wood and, while this does make them much easier to clean, they are typically less aesthetically pleasing.
When it comes to the cost of your new baby changing table this is going to depend on a variety of factors. The majority of baby changing tables will cost between $100 and $550 depending on what the product is made of, the size of the product, and the features it includes. Products at the higher end of this scale are often much larger and therefore sturdier, weighing in between 30lbs and 60lbs. This is usually due to the fact they are made from durable wood materials such as cherry wood, which makes them rather pleasing to the eye, as well.
Pricier products also tend to be overall far more convenient with handy storage features such as baskets and trays included. Products at the lower end of this scale work just as well, they just tend to be smaller in size and made from less durable woods or simple plastics. These cheaper baby changing tables are available at around $80 or less, they just will not be as sturdy, nor will they usually include the useful storage features.
The features you will want included in your new baby changing table will depend entirely on your own personal preferences as well as what is available with the style of changing table you have opted for too. To help you choose the best changing table, we recommend keeping an eye out for the following features to ensure a high quality product.
Here are some important features to look out for…
- Storage Space
- Changing Pads
Construction and Design
When looking for a high quality changing table we recommend looking for products that contain storage space or shelves. This will make diaper changes a lot simpler and easier as you can store all if the essentials in an easy-to-reach area, meaning you won’t have to take your eyes off of your little one whilst you are changing them, either.
Another useful feature to look out for is a product with versatility. If you have opted for a changing table with shelves or drawers these can be used later on down the line to store toys or blankets once your little one has grown out of diapers. This means the product won’t go to waste, allowing you to use it as a storage space or dressing table.
Another feature we recommend in your new changing table is a guard rail. This is a highly important feature that will ensure the safety of your child whilst on the table. This is a particularly necessary feature if you have selected a product without storage, as it will vastly improve your child’s safety while you are on the hunt for spare diapers and creams.
Finally, we recommend looking for products that also includes changing pads. When looking for a high quality changing pad you should check to see if the pad is thick enough to prevent your little one from rolling around on the table. A lot of changing pads include a safety strap, as well, that goes across your baby’s body to prevent movement. For extra points, look for a changing pad made from vinyl or wipe-clean silicone for easy clean-ups!
Performance and Ease of Use
When it comes to caring for your new baby by investing in a changing table, there isn’t too much to it…hurrah! The majority of standing, shelf style changing tables require minimal to no assembly and shouldn’t take you much longer than 10 minutes to set up. Most changing tables will come with a handy how-to-guide to help you along, with more information available on the manufacturer’s website if you need a helping hand. If you have opted for a wall-mounted style changing table then it will require some DIY effort.
It may be a good idea to bring someone in to professionally install the product to ensure the table is sturdy enough to take the weight of your child. When it comes to cleaning your changing table, a simple wipe down with an antibacterial cloth or spray will do the job. You don’t want to overdo it, of course, as these chemicals can be harmful and irritable on your little ones skin. For those concerned about using chemicals around their child, warm, soapy water will get the job done just as well, but be sure to wipe it down with water afterwards to remove any residue.
Hopefully, after reading through our handy little buying guide you have figured out what type of changing table is most suitable to your little one’s needs as well as what features you would like included in your new product. This will make it a lot easier when it comes to narrowing down your options and selecting the ideal baby changing table for you and your baby! Now, let’s get looking at our top five picks, shall we?
DaVinci has been providing high quality, beautiful products for over 25 years, aiming to deliver the best possible products for children everywhere without compromising on quality or safety. Their mission to give parents peace of mind with their thoughtfully designed products has meant that DaVinci is one of the top retailers around today providing affordable, thoroughly tested products. Their constant collaborations with leading authorities on safety has meant that the award winning products DaVinci deliver are only of the highest quality.
We chose to feature DaVinci’s Jenny Lind Changing Table due to the brands popularity and the fact we loved the design of this product. Available in Ebony, White and Cherry and finished in a non-toxic painting process that is lead and phthalate safe, this particular changing table meets ASTM international safety standards too. With a whole host of safety features including safety strap and an anti-tip kit, you can rest easily knowing your child’s safety is well taken care of.
The intricately designed spindle handles of this product create a stunning vintage feel which goes perfectly with DaVinci’s Jenny Lind Crib. With its open shelf design, diapers and baby lotions are in easy reach making the whole changing process that little bit easier, with a waterproof changing pad also included, this table has you covered! And for an added bonus, this particular table requires no assembly whatsoever so you can (unfortunately) get changing your little one straight away!
Norwegian brand Stokke has been bringing us high quality, beautiful products since 1932 and since then has flourished into the baby friendly brand you see today. The worldwide distributor of children’s premium furniture, Stokke is THE brand when it comes to your child’s comfort and safety. All of Stokkes products are designed in order to encourage your child’s development and to strengthen parent and child bonds, this is why many of their products feature parent-facing features. Stokke’s award winning products really do speak for themselves.
We decided to feature Stokke’s Care Changing Table due to the brands popularity and the fact it contained so any useful features. The table’s practical storage solutions keep all your changing essentials close by making for an easy experience when changing time rolls around. The parent facing changing position of this product was another feature we loved, with space underneath the table allowing you to be closer to your baby.
This product is also designed to grow with your child as it can be converted in to either a play table, desk or book shelf, meaning you really will be using this product for years to come. If you like the design of this product it also coordinates beautifully with many other of Stokkes collections and is also available in several gorgeous colors.
The height of this changer is also adjustable, making diaper changes more comfortable for you and your little one. With this table you will receive not only a mattress but 2 large storage baskets, 2 side plastic containers and rails to make the most of storage space.
Now that you have a better understanding of what types of baby changers are available, you should have a greater idea of what style you are after. If you aren’t a fan of the particular products we have featured, don’t forget to check out each brand’s other products to find the right changing table for your needs. All that’s left to do is to choose your favorite product and wait around for your little one’s next diaper change, you lucky so-and-so!