Before you even think about buying a baby changing table, there are a few factors that you need to consider. This is going to be a place where your child will spend for the first 3 years.
You will usually find that you change between 6 to 10 diapers every day. You need a space that is fully functional and offers everything that you need for this time of the day.
Baby Changing Table Safety
The most important part of the changing table is the safety. This is something that you need to look into with any table that you find. Solid wood tables are your best option but strong metal ones will also work.
Metal supports in the wooden tables is often a great way to go since you will have the best of both worlds. Amish tables have the metal supports.
You will need to look at the straps that are connected to the table. These need to be strong because your baby will move around. There is a risk of her falling off the table, which is something that you must avoid. Look out for changing tables that also have a guardrail to help prevent your baby from rolling anywhere.
Making Your Own Table
It is possible to make your own table, instead of buying one. This is great if you are handy with DIY and woodwork, but you will need to make sure that it is completely safe. The first thing that you will need to check is that the baby changing table is steady for your baby to lie on and that it will take the weight – this is not just the weight that your baby is now but the weight that he will be at three years old!
You need to make sure that the construction of the changing table is safe. Avoid leading nails sticking out and sand down all the edges. Your baby will explore and the last thing you want is to injury her.
Think About the Décor of the House
The baby changing table should look like it fits into the home just right so spend some time looking at the different types of tables around. You will also need to check that it fits in with the other items in the room and that it matches your current lifestyle. Many of the changing tables will have shelving units and drawers attached to them. These are great when you have a small room with very little storage space. These are especially useful if you are planning on the table to become the dresser too.
You can always add your own extras to make the baby changing table. If you are making your own and are not skilled enough to add drawers, consider putting a space at the bottom. You can buy baskets that fit underneath, which are perfect to help with the organization of everything. You may also be able to find wicker baskets that can sit at the side of the table for everything to be placed.