What are the alternatives to a changing table? A changing table is a stand-alone piece of nursery furniture. The top is the right size for a changing mat, with shelves or drawers underneath for storing nappies, baby wipes and changing accessories. A changing table helps you keep your nappy-changing supplies in one place.
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However, they can be expensive and bulky. See what BabyCentre mums think about changing tables. What are the advantages of a changing table?
It also makes bathing her a lot easier. I put the baby bath on top of the table. I bought one with wheels, so it's easy to move from the nursery to the bathroom. It was pricey but worth it.
It's great for storage, which is essential if you're planning to use cloth nappies. I recommend putting a mat or towel under it. My boys have a habit of weeing when I take their nappies off! Don't bother buying new as you can pick up a pre-loved one quite cheaply.
It's much easier than on the floor or sofa. Olivia stays still and doesn't try to roll or crawl away.
I also use it for drying, massaging and dressing her after a bath. We bought a changing unit with a baby bath as they tend to be quite high. It's worked well for us. Some changing units are higher than others, so make sure you find one at the right height for you. I was so tired at 3am nappy changes that there was no way I could have got out of bed to go and stand at a changing table!
I keep a mat and a basket for nappy-changing bits and bobs in my room and another set in the living room. After a caesarean , I didn't want to walk up and down the stairs a lot. Sometimes there are only two minutes between changes! There's no danger of them falling off. The floor is safer and cheaper. Also, my baby likes to wriggle with his nappy off or have a baby massage during nappy changes.
We rarely used it as it was in the nursery and my babies were only in there to sleep. We changed them on the floor in whatever room we were in. When I was out, I had a fold-up changing mat in my changing bag.
I found it difficult to change a nappy from the side.
This time around, we bought a cot-top changer, which takes up a fraction of the space and you can change your baby front on.
There's also enough room to store nappies and wipes on it. We use a bookshelf next to the cot to store nappies and creams. I used a normal chest of drawers with a changing mat stuck to the top for both my babies. The only difference between the two is that the sides of a changing table are slightly raised. But once your baby starts wriggling around, you can't leave him alone on it anyway!
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