How to Buy a Diaper Changing Table

With extra storage and stability, a changing table can help simplify diaper duty for you and your spouse.

Being on diaper duty is always a bit taxing, especially for new parents. It’s confusing because all the items you need are shoved into various pockets in your small diaper bag, it’s loud because the baby won’t stop crying and squirming around and it’s smelly because, well, you know why.

Consider purchasing a changing table for your baby’s nursery. There are many benefits of this product that will make the process of changing your little one’s diaper much easier on both you and the baby.

Getting started

When you’re ready to purchase your first changing table, there are certain factors you should be aware of.

Dream On Me Emily Changing Table
Dream On Me Emily Changing Table

You’ll want to make sure the table is at a comfortable height for you and your spouse so you aren’t bent over or standing on your toes in order to reach the baby. Most tables are 36 to 44 inches high.

“The higher the guardrail, the better.”

Next, look for a table that has a protective guardrail or a safety strap – or both if you’re a worrywart! The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a railing of at least 2 inches that forms a perimeter around the entire table. The higher the guardrail, the better. Although the railing and strap will help keep your baby tucked in tight, it is extremely important that you do not leave your bundle of joy unattended while he or she is atop the changing table.

Badger Basket Modern Changing Table with 3 Baskets and Hamper
Badger Basket Modern Changing Table with 3 Baskets and Hamper

Sturdiness is also important when deciding on a table, so test this out in the store prior to purchasing. Give the table a light shake, and if it feels a bit wobbly, choose a different model. Some tables have wheels, which can be beneficial for moving purposes. However, be cautious with these models. Be sure the wheels have locks so the unit remains stable when parked. Always keep the wheels in a locked position when you’re using the changing table.

In addition, be on the lookout for a table that is concave in the middle. This will help prevent potential accidents, as your baby won’t be able to toss and turn as much. Manufacturers also make pads with curved mattresses and sidewalls that are effective in keeping your baby from rolling around.


Delta Children Infant Changing Table with Pad
Delta Children Infant Changing Table with Pad

Changing tables often have shelves and drawers that can be used to store all your essentials such as fresh diapers, wipes, rash ointment and a couple of toys to keep your baby distracted and happy during this process. Be sure to keep these items out of the baby’s reach as they are all potential choking hazards.

Diaper duty doesn’t have to be so bad after all, does it? Check out these best selling diaper changing tables.