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Changing Tables Buying Guide: Does your Nursery Need More Storage, Another Dresser or Just a Place to Change Babyís Diapers

One of the most indispensable pieces of furniture in your house is going to be your baby changing table. Don't discount the importance of this item: it's not merely an accessory. You're going to be changing your child around 10-15 times a day for at least a year and a half, which comes out to a modest estimate of 5,500 diaper changes! Your baby changing table will do more than save your back from leaning over a crib or save your own bed or sofa from the spills and messes of diaper changes: it will act as an organizer, increase nursery storage and provide a dedicated place for caring for your infant. A changing table also keeps the house cleaner: if the baby is always changed on the table, whose cover is then wiped down with a damp, soapy cloth or an antibacterial wipe, you will minimize the movement of germs throughout the household.

Types of Diaper Changing Furniture

Baby changing tables can be made to suit any household. For a small house with a lot of needs, you may want a folding changing table that lies flat when not in use. Portable changing tables are easily rolled from one room to another, which makes them ideal for day care organizations or hotel rooms catering to new parents. Many changing tables also act as dressers, with drawers providing space for receiving blankets, diapers, baby powder and clothing. A corner type baby changing table helps save space in the room, as does the wall mounted variety. If you want to save money, you can find cheap baby changing tables in the classifieds: since they are soon outgrown, lots of parents get rid of them once their child has been potty trained. For space saving options, try the crib combo, where the changing table is a part of the infant bed. A lightweight option is a wicker changing table: to give the nursery a modern look, paint it black with a non-toxic paint. Look for changing tables at Jenny Lind, Storkcraft Aspen and Koala.

Never Leave Your Infant Alone on a Changing Table

Babies roll easily after the first few months, so don't ever get in the habit of leaving even your newborn or preemie on the changing table. Always keep one hand on the baby. Invariably, as soon as you get into a diaper change, the phone will ring, UPS will come to the door and something in the kitchen will begin to burn. If you absolutely must leave the changing table in the middle of a diaper change, take the baby with you, even wet, naked and howling. A little extra mess is much more preferable than having your child fall off the changing table.

Pads and Toppers are essential

All changing tables should be equipped with some sort of pad, to keep the infant comfortable and protect the table top. A baby who likes the changing table is much more likely to lie still while the parent is fussing with extra sticky disposable diaper tabs or slippery tubes of diaper rash ointment. The pad or topper provided with many changing tables is thin and cheap, often of white plastic. If you keep this pad, lay a receiving blanket on it, so your child's delicate skin isn't in contact with the plastic.

Baby Furniture with Style and Function

If you want a beautiful changing table, you can buy one of solid wood such as cherry or oak, in a European design or something more traditionally American. Once your toddler has outgrown the need for a changing table, it can still be attractive and functional, either in the nursery or in the home. Repurpose a changing table for storage of small items in an office, bathroom or bedroom. Or, to celebrate the growth of your baby into a potty-trained kid, remove the topper to show the wooden top, place the changing table in the living room, fill the drawers with swizzle sticks and cocktail napkins and turn it into a mini-bar.

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