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Baby changing tables make for a comfortable place to change diapers for both you and your baby. There are many ready-made styles to choose from that offer drawers or cubes for extra storage, or you can create your own with a chest and changing pad. Regardless of what kind of baby changing unit you choose, your baby’s safety is of the highest concern, so make sure your changing table is as reliable as it is comfortable.

What type of baby changing table dresser should I use?

In general, there are three basic styles to choose from:
• Open shelves: These feature a table with protective guardrails and shelving beneath for holding your baby necessities.
• Dresser drawer: This style is essentially a chest of drawers with a surface converted into a changing space. This option is long lasting since it will continue to work as a functional chest after your baby has grown out of diapers.
• Combo units: these are a great solution if space is tight, since they’re generally smaller in size while still including all the essentials. Along with a changing area on top, it includes long drawers for clothing, smaller drawers for powders and wipes, and a space to stack diapers.

What should I think about in terms of the safety of my baby dresser?

You want your baby to be comfortable while being changed, but first and foremost you must consider their safety. Find a baby changing table that allows you to keep all changing essentials within reach so you never need to take your hands or eyes off your baby. Consider barriers and safety straps to keep active babies safely contained, and if your change table is on wheels, be sure they remain locked. In addition, check out the construction of the table before buying: if it’s at all rickety, it could be dangerous once your baby is on board.

How big should my baby changing station be?

This depends a lot on your style preference and what you can appropriately fit into your baby’s nursery, but you also want to think about the different things you’d like to store in it. Think about something that will include room for diapers, wipes, lotions, washcloths, clothing and more so it’s all at hand.

Are there other options besides the typical change table?

It’s pretty simple to transform any chest or dresser into a changing table. Be sure there is enough surface space to comfortably fit your baby and the changing pad, and enough storage to keep all necessities within reach. You can even use an older, hand-me-down change table without much worry. As long it’s safe and sturdy, it will function just as well.