Best changing table for your space

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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:

TL;DR

best changing table
Photo credit: Rawlings Woodworks
folding changing table
Photo credit: Toddler in Family

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.

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  • Why it’s wonderful: This is an affordable, sturdy option that matches a lot of nursery decor.

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Find the best changing pad for this table here.

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:

  • Portable
  • Able to attach to per-existing furniture in your home (dressers)

Magic Mom Hack

It is important to “baby-proof” your changing table by mounting it to the wall. Some furniture may come with mounts, or you can purchase them separately (see FAQs below for more info).

  • Why it’s wonderful: This eye-catching piece has unique sliding doors to reveal storage shelves.

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best changing table
Photo credit: Rawlings Woodworks
  • 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.

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baby changing table
Photo credit: California M Woodworks
  • Why it’s wonderful: This design comes in a hard-to-find mid-century modern style.

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baby changing pad and basket
Photo credit: Design by Dua

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).

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folding changing table
Photo credit: Toddler In Family
folding changing table
Photo credit: Toddler In Family
  • 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.

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minimal baby changing table
Photo credit: 91 Craftery
  • 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).

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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!

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Baby changing table FAQs

How can I baby-proof my changing table?

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:

  1. The actual mount. This is the one we used with my son’s changing table.
  2. 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.
  3. 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:

  1. Magnet locks (these are invisible from the outside)
  2. Strap-locks (can be used on doors or drawers)
  3. Corner covers (can be used on dressers)

What else do I need to set up my changing station?

  • 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.
Baby proofing supplies

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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