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How to Choose a Changing Table

Choosing the perfect changing table is crucial to having a functional nursery. You want something that fits the space, is comfortable to use, can have more than one use and, of course, is safe and sturdy. Here are a few tips to help you pick the changing table that’s right for you.

Giggle Alex Gray Changing Table

Alex Dresser by giggle

Fit. Select a changing table that will work within the confines of your baby’s nursery. Consider whether this will be the only place for storage in the space or if you plan to have additional pieces of furniture to stash baby’s necessities. Measure the changing table to make sure you have room for the piece in a place away from a window.

DucDuc Dresser/ChangerParker 3-Drawer Dresser/Changer from ducduc

Comfort and function. I love oversized changing tables that allow you to change a baby facing you. This allows you to use the changer for much longer (some children are in diapers until age three), and it is also so much more comfortable. It gives baby space to roll and stretch out. The layout of the changer is also important to consider. Can you reach the wipes, diapers and creams while changing the baby? Making sure there is enough storage for all your diapering needs is another big consideration. Also, be sure you actually stand next to the changer and check to see that the height is comfortable for you. The last thing you want is a sore back while changing diapers.

Jessica 3-Drawer 1-Door DresserJessica Changing Table by Bellini

Uses. I prefer changing tables that sit on top of a dresser for three reasons. First, it’s a space saver. Second, the changer can be used as a dresser down the line as opposed to a standalone piece that will eventually be phased out of the space. Lastly, it’s a sturdier option.

Changer Top for DresserLayne Dresser Topper from RH Baby & Child

Safety and stability. When testing a changing table out, give it a good shake to make sure that it fastens securely (if on top of a dresser) and is sturdy enough to hold an older child or an active child. Check to make sure there are no recalls on the model you select.

If you do your research, ask great questions and buy from a trusted brand, you’re sure to choose the changing table that is right for you and your baby.

Check out the rest of our Baby Furniture series:
How to Choose a Crib, How to Choose a Glider and How to Choose a Dresser

About the author
Michelle resides with her family in Upper Saddle River, NJ. Mom to Stella and Nate, Michelle is the owner of Bellini Baby & Teen Furniture in Greenwich CT, and Manhattan, NY, as well as the founder of baby gifting site TheBeansCloset.com. She is also a licensed clinical social worker.
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