Baby Changing Tables

A changing table is designed to make diaper changes easy and safe.

A well-designed table is waist-height and has ample room to store all your diapers, creams, washcloths, and changing pads.

Essential features of a good model are guardrails (to keep the baby from rolling off the table) and safety straps. (Always use these straps, and always keep one hand on your baby.)

Types Of Changing Tables

  • An open-shelf changing table is the most common type. Its changing surface is on top; the baby lies sideways. There are open shelves underneath to store supplies within easy reach.
  • A sturdy, waist-high dresser, with a flat top and guardrails, is the second main type of changer. Again, the baby lies sideways.

    The changer/dresser combo includes drawers instead of shelves for a neater look. The rails are removable, so this convertible baby furniture can become a regular dresser for your child after the diapering period is over.

  • A flip-top baby changing table is a sturdy dresser with a fold-out top which provides a very large changing surface. The baby lies front-to-back with plenty of open table surface on either side. Even if the baby manages to roll, she does not reach the edge of the furniture. So she does not fall.


We think a flip-top is the safest and best type of table to use, because it still works well as your baby gets bigger and more active. When your child has outgrown diapers, the fold-out top can be removed and the dresser used through adulthood.

Use a sturdy contoured changing pad. This pad is soft and comfy for the baby, and the sides curve upward to keep baby in place. You'll want two removable terry-cloth covers for easy cleaning.

Many parents choose a changing table that complements their chosen baby crib. Crib manufacturers frequently offer a dresser, shelves, or a rocking chair to match the crib and changer, if you're interested in a full baby furniture set.

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