I never wanted a baby changing table. I thought it was a waste of money. However, if I had it...
I never wanted a baby changing table. I thought it was a waste of money. However, if I had it to do over again, I'd get one. It's one of those items I always tell my pals to get. I don't like extra stuff, stuff that I don't need, and I had assumed a changing table was one of those items. I found out that a year of trying to change a baby on the floor, bed, or sofa is murder on your back, and it's a pain to have to carry supplies around the house. A dedicated changing station can end up saving you time, and body aches, plus if you play it right, it really doesn't have to cost much. Right now Consumer Reports has a good feature up called: Choosing a changing table? Consider these 4 things. It's a good read. That report has to do with safety, and safety is important, so I suggest you read it. That said, I have a few extra suggestions.
- Your best bet is a decent height dresser with a changing mattress on top. This saves you money. You honestly can't use a changing table for much after your baby is out of diapers. A dresser, on the other hand is an item your child can use for years and years. Look for a solid dresser and a changing pad with curved sides so that your baby won't fall off. Both of these items are available at all major baby shops.
- Don't ignore color. A white dresser with little ducks may be baby cute, but what about when your little one is five, ten, a teen. Make your furniture last longer in a space by choosing pieces that will grow with your child.
- If you co-sleep, consider having the changing table in your bedroom, not the nursery, for the first year. This can save some cold nighttime trips to your baby's room.