A changing or dressing table is one of those pieces of nursery furniture that is often up for debate as to whether it is a basic essential item for baby or not. While it can be argued that you can pretty much change baby on any safe surface, here are the top reason why I have prepped for one to be included in our nursery.
1) Extra surface area: For anyone living in an urban area where space is in short supply and bathrooms do not have long counter tops for baby toiletry storage, a changing table offers the extra surface area that is desperately needed. Living in Vancouver, BC, Canada where real estate is at a premium, our 2 bed, 1 bath suite doesn’t have much counter space. A changing table provides the extra shelving for the diapers and bottles, as well as a secure place for our changing pad.
Better yet is a piece that could offer the changing area top but also transition easily into the extra shelving for when your child no longer needs diapers. The StorkCraft Beatrice and Aspen Cube Organizer Change Table does exactly that. It makes for a great cubby for toys and books down the road.
(Images: Aspen Cube Organizer Changer in espresso)
2) Easy Access: With the shelves situated just below the changing level, all of baby’s toiletries, diapers and wipes are right at your finger tips. No need to separately pull out all the necessities and then having to put them all back, which would be something that would have to be done if changing takes place on a bed or floor.
3) Designated Space: Babies are creatures of habit, and having a set space for the diaper changes lets your baby know that changing time is taking place whenever they go to the designated area. Doing a diaper swap on the floor or some random place each time may seem alright, but baby may think that it’s play time or wiggle around in curiosity as the space is not familiar.
4) Correct Height: For any mommy who is recovering from a c-section or any caregiver with any back problems, doing several diaper changes in a day on the floor or a bed may cause extra stress on the body. A proper changing/dressing table offers the correct height for getting the deed done and eliminates the need to get down on hands and knees or do major bending to lift baby back up.
5) Safety: When it comes to handling baby at any height higher than floor level, safety is always a concern. While beds, counter tops and standard dressers may seem like good alternatives, they do not offer the raised sides that a changing table does. These raise sides keep the changing pad from shifting around especially if baby is particularly active and wants to move about.