Ah, changing diapers. Changing, changing and changing - this will become a staple activity in your daily life, at least for a year or so since your baby is born. Going through 10 diapers (or more!) a day is not an exaggeration (you may want to consider switching to these for economical reason), but don’t worry, you’ll get used to it!
You cannot control the number of times your baby needs to change, you do, however, have control over your own comfort when carrying out this activity. Don’t crouch or bend over the bed (or couch, or whatever surface you intend to) to change your baby’s soiled diaper – those of you who are tall or have a bad back, you know what we mean – instead, get a changing table to do the dirty job (pun intended). We swear, it will make your life so much more comfortable!
1. Benefits of A Changing Table
A changing table is a piece of furniture where you can fit a piece of changing pad perfectly on its top and depending on what style you get (drawers or shelves), you get loads of storage spaces at the bottom to store your other changing necessities (think diapers, clothing, wipes etc).
The biggest benefit of a changing table is definitely the convenience and comfort it provides when you change baby's diapers. Everything you need to do the dirty job is stored and properly organised in one place, and when everything is within easy reach, you do not need to go running around looking for that one diaper cream - every minute counts, baby will not have the patience lying down for long!
Another benefit is what we've already mentioned above - you do not need to bend down in an uncomfortable position that comes with changing diapers on the bed. Changing stations come with a standard height that accommodate to most adults (even those over 6ft3") so that they do not need to bend or crouch over. This means one less factor of your back pain causes!
You do require a bigger nursery to fit one though, it is after all, a piece of standalone furniture which will more or less take up some space. If your room is not big enough to fit it, we have another altenative for you.
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3. Things to Consider When Buying A Changing Table
Apart from considering about the type that you'd like, it's important that you take the following into account too when deciding which is the best changing table to buy:
1. Nursery Size
If your nursery is not particularly big, you may want to get a changing table with open storage concept because the see-through compartments give a broadening aspect visually. Getting an armoire style changing table may make your room look even smaller so definitely take this into consideration. And don't forget, there's always the option of getting a mobile changing table to move from room to room.
We get it, some of you like to compartmentalise your changing necessities into categories. Not only does this give off a tidy outlook, it also enables you to reach for your items easily and conveniently. If this is you, a changing table that comes with drawers or baskets will be ideal for you. You can organise your items neatly too with open storage ones, just buy a few of these and everything will be neat and tidy.
This is also a deciding factor for some, although we'd say the difference in price amongst different brands or styles is not big on this one (either below $100 or within $100-$200). Still, you will want to choose one that suits your budget best.
Before you go, why not check out our reviews on other nursery staples? You never know, there may be just one thing that you've forgotten to equip your nursery!
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