Along with a crib, a car seat and a stroller, a changing table likely ranks as one of any parent-to-be’s top baby registry items. Whether you choose an affordable, straightforward design with open shelving (you can repurpose it later as a bar cart!) or a crib with a changing table or a changing table dresser, you’ll want to keep these guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics in mind:
- Always supervise your child on the table, even if they’re buckled in. (This goes for teeny-tiny ones too, who can roll off with enough help from momentum.)
- The top of the table should be lower than the sides, and there should be a guardrail the entire way around.
- Your diapers, wipes and cream should be close enough that you can easily grab them, but out of reach of babies and other children.
- This should be obvious, but even if your baby dozes off on her changing pad, never allow her to sleep on it.
These changing tables all got high marks from Amazon reviewers, adhere to the AAP’s guidelines and will work with a standard-size pad (16 inches wide by 32 inches long). Note that many of the included pads are fairly thin, so consider adding a thicker one (like the popular Summer Contoured Pad) to your order.
If you have a perfectly good dresser, just get this changing pad, which attaches securely to it.
Pros: Summer Infant’s go-to diaper changing pad has tall contoured sides with a quick release buckle, with a security strap to help prevent your baby from rolling. The pad is super-soft and has anti-slip rubber feet. And it’s machine-washable.
Cons: You need something to attach it to. Sort of obvious, but there you have it.
This stylish changer-meets-dresser comes in a few additional colors, including solid white and white with gray accents.
Pros: With its clean, elegant lines and metal-glide hardware that helps the drawers open and close smoothly, this piece could easily be used well into your kid’s elementary years, especially since the changer can be removed when it’s no longer needed.
Cons: The price is somewhat high, and some reviewers felt that the dresser didn’t hold up well. And although the piece comes with its own anti-tip kit, some parents found it unstable and opted to purchase one separately.
This simple, straightforward option has open shelving and comes in 11 different finishes.
Pros: At press time, this was Amazon’s most affordable standalone changing table that had a guardrail and dropped surface. (Note that not all finishes are equally priced.)
Cons: As with most open changing tables, you’ll need to shell out extra cash for bins to keep the open shelving looking neat. The shelves are also made of hardboard, not solid wood, and some parents reported that the changing pad felt thin.
The elegant design of this changing table evokes a crown molding, and you can choose among five different basic finishes: espresso, cherry, white, gray and black.
Pros: Wheels (which can also be set to lock) make it convenient to relocate, and the simple design coordinates with many different furniture styles.
Cons: A few reviewers remarked that pieces of the table arrived with dents, dings and cracks.
Sleek and streamlined, this storage-focused table comes in either a simple white or black finish.
Pros: Not only is there a laundry hamper, which saves you unnecessary schlepping, there are also three bins that can be used for diapering supplies now, and toys later.
Cons: A few people reported it was tricky to put together because the instructions were only illustrations (although others had no issues), and one person received a broken part.
With two drawers and three cubbies, this simple but tasteful piece offers lots of storage options and comes in both light and dark gray.
Pros: The changing top can be removed when your child is older, turning the piece into a regular dresser with a flat top.
Cons: You’re getting into proper furniture territory now, and the price reflects that. Some parents reported that pieces arrived chipped, and others felt that the top corners were too sharp once baby got big and wiggly, so they lined them with furniture protectors.
You of course need a changing table topper. This one comes with secure grips, safety straps and contoured sides keep your baby secure.
Pros: Measuring 16 x 31 inches, this changing table topper is easy to wipe down, and has secure grips to keep it in place.
Cons: Some report that the topper has a strange, chemical smell.
We love this changing table topper because its solid surface wipes down easily and limits the growth of bacteria.
Pros: You just wipe down this changing table topper and you’re done. It’s water-resistant and soft the touch.
Cons: Some report that it actually stains easily. So make sure you wipe it down!
This changing pad is waterproof, so it won't absorb nasty liquids. It has a safety belt to keep your tot secure, and has a non-skid base so it won't move around.
Pros: This baby changing mat is recommended for babies up to 30 pounds, and is 31.5 x 18.2 x 2.6 inches in size. It’s PVC-free and phthalate-free and has a mobile to keep your baby occupied during diaper changes.
Cons: No cons, except maybe the price.
If you're looking for a crib with a changing table, this is the one for you. The crib converts to a toddler bed, daybed and full-size bed.
Pros: This crib with changing table has two shelves, two drawers, and includes a changing pad. It has three mattress height adjustments and grows with the baby. You’ll wind up with a full-sized bed.
Cons: It’s not easy to put together, so make sure you give yourself ample time.
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