Changing Table

There is a lot to consider when you are purchasing your child’s first furniture set. Are you willing to splurge for furniture that your child will be able to use until they move away, or would you rather save money on a crib now and buy a toddler bed and regular bed when the time comes? Purchasing a changing table is a similar consideration because a changing table that actually looks like a changing table will only last for the first 2 or 3 years of your child’s pre-potty-trained life. After that, it will become obsolete and look silly in their room. On the other hand, if you purchase a long, low dresser that can safely house a changing pad, you can just remove the pad when your child is out of diapers and keep the dresser forever.

Advantages of a changing table

Some parents do not feel that a dresser is a safe place for the child to lie while they are being changed. Dressers do not have any hardware to secure a changing pad in place or to install a strap to keep the child in place. Some parents worry about the child falling off of the changing pad and getting hurt. In addition, a changing table is specifically designed to store all of your diaper-changing needs. It often will have open or closed shelving perfect for stacks of diapers, wipes, creams, a garbage area, and even space for a wipe warmer. Finally, you usually can purchase an open-shelving changing table for a little more than one hundred dollars, which can be a cost-effective and highly functional furniture piece for the first few years of your child’s life.

Disadvantages of a changing table

Purchasing a furniture piece that functions exclusively as a changing table does not appeal to may people because it is only useful for a short period of time. For parents who are not going to be reusing the same furniture for subsequent children or for families in which the children are closely spaced in age and hand-me-downs are not possible, a dedicated changing table for each child can seem like a waste of money. Even though most children are in diapers until they are at least 2 years old, once children become highly mobile, it may become more convenient to change them on the floor rather than suspended on a table, even one with a strap. I know personally that I change my 21-month-old son wherever we are, and I am not interested in carrying him upstairs to his bedroom for every change. In fact, I keep diapers in his room, our room, and in the kitchen for easy changing on the go.

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