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How to choose changing tables

Nappy changes are a part of life for new parents, so deciding the best way to do this is important. So many parents find themselves bending forward when changing their baby, that choosing the right changing unit or changing station can help to stop an aching back.

Types of changing tables

A baby changing table is also known as baby changing stations or baby changing units. A baby changing station is designed to have your baby at waist height so that you don’t have to bend over to change your baby’s nappy. Changing units can come in different styles; a simple changing table has a table top that’s just the right size for a changing mat, a baby changing dresser can be brought as part of set of nursery furniture. Changing mats should be padded with raised edges and be easy to wipe clean. They are available with a character on, toys for your baby to play with or a plain colour. A nursery changing table can have shelves below to store a baby's changing box, nappies, cotton wool, baby wipes and any other baby changing accessories.

Over-cot and wall-mounted tables

If space is a problem in your home, a wall-mounted or over-cot changing table can resolve this. The over-cot changer fits across the bars of the cot and stored away when finished with. A wall-mounted changing table is secured safely against a wall and has storage pockets to hold changing accessories. It can be pulled open when in use and folded back up against the wall when it isn’t needed.

Portable changing mats

You will need a portable changing mat that can be rolled up and placed in your changing bag. Most portable changing mats have a toweling material on one side and a waterproof material on the other. This is perfect when you’re out with your baby and you need to change your baby’s nappy.

Second-hand changing tables

There is nothing wrong with looking at used changing tables or use family hand-me-downs, as this type of furniture can last a lot longer in the few years during which your baby will use it, as long as you check that the baby changing table is safe to use, still has a strong structure and doesn’t seem rickety. Regardless of the type of changing table you choose, always make sure that you never leave your baby unattended. Even if they have raised sides or safety bars, your baby can still roll off, so be sure that all nappy changing accessories are within arm’s reach.

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