In it’s simplest form, a changing table is a piece of furniture. It’ll become one of the most used pieces of furniture in your home. You’ll spend a lot of days (and nights!) there, making sure your little one is cared for. Below, find the best baby changing tables. There are options for every lifestyle and nursery design. Whether you are looking for a traditional stand alone changing table with storage underneath or a minimalist design, I’ve got you covered.
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What to look for in a changing table
When rating changing tables, I looked for a variety of options that would fit different lifestyles. When choosing one, you want to find one that is:
Best Traditional Changing Tables
Below find a variety of options for a stand-alone, traditional baby changing table. These have:
- Storage options to maximize your space.
- Fixed holders for the changing pads.
- Why it’s wonderful: This dresser/changing table combo can easily be years for many years in your child’s room.
Best changing tables for small spaces or minimalist living
These changing tables are perfect if you’re trying to keep the “baby stuff space” to a minimum. These are either:
- Able to attach to per-existing furniture in your home (dressers)
- Why it’s wonderful: This eye-catching piece has unique sliding doors to reveal storage shelves.
- Why it’s wonderful: This rustic-style changing table is extremely customizable- you can choose the color, size, and underneath storage arrangement to fit your needs.
- Why it’s wonderful: This design comes in a hard-to-find mid-century modern style.
Why it’s wonderful: This homemade changing basket and pad is portable and stunning.
Note that this one comes with a changing pad and the basket (with an option for a sheet, too).
- Why it’s wonderful: This changing station fits on most dressers (including IKEA ones), and can be folded up when it’s not in use.
- Why it’s wonderful: This changing tray is extremely customizable. The seller will work with you to fit it to a dresser of your choosing (dresser not included).
Magic Mom Hack
If you’re short on space, another option is to use a portable crib with a changing table attachment. I love this one. These can easily be folded up once you’re done using them to save space. They also make great options for grandparent’s houses.
- Why it’s wonderful: This changing table folds up for compact storage!
Baby changing table FAQs
There are two baby-proofing considerations for changing tables: (1) anti-tip protection (2) drawer protection.
- Anti-tip protection
You can (and should) attach your changing tables to the wall. Your child will inevitably pull on it, and it can be a tipping hazard.
Some dressers may come with the hardware you need to attach it to the wall. Or, you can purchase it separately.
If you’re buying an after-market one, you’ll need:
- The actual mount. This is the one we used with my son’s changing table.
- A drill. You’ll use a drill to attach one end to the dresser, and one to the wall. This is the one we use and love.
- Dry-wall anchors. You can either attach it to the studs, or use dry-wall anchors (which are not included, but can be purchased here).
- Drawer protection
Depending on what kind of drawers your changing table has (if any), there are there are different options available to prevent young children (or peeking family members. ha!) from getting inside or pinching their fingers.
Here are some options:
- Changing pad and cover. Check out my comprehensive post about the best ones here.
- Diapers, diaper creme, and wipes.
- Storage baskets. I stored my son’s clothes in the shelves under the changing table for a while, then a mix of clothes and toys, and later used it for diaper storage (when we were buying them in bulk) and his clothes.
I wish you all the best as you design your nursery! I’d love to see which one you chose. Share a photo of it on the Mom Jean Magic Facebook and Instagram page! @momjeanmagic
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