All things changing tables and changing pads

Changing tables and changing padsBefore having my little one, one of the items that first came to mind when I thought of a nursery was a changing table. Maybe because they’re in all those pretty magazine nursery pictures?

Then a friend told me I don’t actually need one – really, you can change a baby on just about anything that is the right height. One of the best options is a dresser in the nursery that is about waist height. That way you have a piece of furniture that won’t lose it’s purpose once you’re no longer changing diapers in a couple of years time. But if you don’t have something already that will be the right height to comfortably change your little one on (remember you’ll be doing this around 5-8 times a day!), then a changing table is the way to go.

Here’s the lowdown on changing pads, changing tables and the other things you’ll need to go with them.

Changing pads

Summer infant contoured changing pad recommendationNo matter what you decide to use, whether that be a changing table, a dresser or another piece of furniture, you’ll need a changing pad.

They’re relatively in-expensive and there’s not much that distinguishes one from another. Typically they come with a safety strap to secure it to the table or dresser along with screws and hardware. Changing pads are also great to just change baby on the bed, on the floor or wherever you might be so you might want to have one that is fixed to the changing table or dresser and one that you keep free for other places you might do a change.

Two of the most popular changing pads are the Summer Infant Contoured Changing Pad (pictured above) and the LA Baby 4 Sided Changing Pad.

Changing pad covers

Changing pad coversTo go with the changing pad, you’ll also need changing pad covers, which you can easily take off and throw in the wash. These come in all sorts of cute prints and patterns so you can choose covers that match your nursery. Have a look through the hundreds you can choose from on Amazon .

Just make sure the covers you choose will fit the changing pad you have – the two changing pads recommended tend to fit most standard covers so it’s not too big of an issue.

Changing tables

Changing table recommendationsIf you’re going for a purpose made changing table there’s certainly plenty to choose from to fit your nursery. Check out this excellent article on Project Nursery for the things you need to look for when choosing a changing table.

As you can see from the Project Nursery article, there’s waaaay too many variables that depend on your needs and your nursery set up for us to narrow the hundreds (thousands?) available down to just a few. So head over to Amazon, Walmart, Target and Babies”R”Us to start checking out your options.

Do you know exactly what you need to buy for baby? Download our baby essentials checklist and check out our baby gear guides that break it all down – we’ve done all the hard work for you!

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