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Do You Really Need A Changing Table?

Many people, new parents included, are closely evaluating their purchases to stretch their dollars as far as possible. Some budget stretching ideas may include purchasing gently used items at thrift stores or borrowing items from friends. Another great way to stretch your budget dollars is to simply not buy items you won’t use regularly.

Is a Changing Table Really Necessary?

When purchasing furniture for our son’s nursery, we decided to not purchase a changing table. I know that most parents view this as an essential item, but after really examining our lifestyle, I felt our money could be invested better in other purchases.

Since we have a large family and a modest sized house, I felt that we could better use our free space in the nursery by purchasing an extra dresser which my son could use as he grew. This would also allow us extra storage space when he was little.

Changing Table Alternative

While browsing through the baby aisle at a store, I found a changing pad. This vinyl pad had curved sides and also had a safety belt. The pad could be placed on top of a low bureau or dresser and would make diaper changing tasks easier. The vinyl could be wiped down after changes to keep the surface germ free. I also found that there were washable covers as well as disposable covers for the pad which I could purchase.

Sounds great you say, but how did it really work out? I can honestly say that I am glad I didn’t purchase a changing table for our baby even though I did use one for our older children.

Did you purchase a changing table for your infant? Would you recommend that your friends make such a purchase or would you encourage them to check out other options?

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11 Comments on "Do You Really Need A Changing Table?"

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4 years 4 months ago
We didnt buy I changing table for our baby. We always used the one that came with the pack and play. In the last couple months that she has been more active and moving more during the diaper change, I tried to use the floor, couch, or bed. I dont feel to much confident with the changing table any more. I will reccomend to not buy one, but if you have spare cash and you want it go ahead and get it. I bought hospital changing pad at for $25. We still have plenty of those ones. I think… Read more »
4 years 5 months ago

I agree- no table! I have one that we used maybe twice when our daughter was a few weeks old. It just didn’t feel safe or confortable to me then and it sure as heck doesn’t now that our little bundle of joy is 8 months old and moving so much. We use the bed or the floor and don’t have to worry if she moves much.

Andrea Smith
6 years 3 days ago
I think changing a baby on a higher surface really saves my back. Also having a designated place to diaper with all the stuff there is great (especially since we cloth diaper). I was looking for a dresser that was the right height on Craigslist, but I was absolutely blessed to have a woman offer her extra changing table for free–and her husband delivered it! It was actually in really good condition too and I bought green bins at Bed, Bath, and Beyond to fill the shelves (I measured them to get a good fit) and hold my daughter’s clothes… Read more »

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6 years 1 month ago

I bought a dresser and received a changing bad for a shower gift. I used this for the first week and quickly found that it was easier to change him on the floor. I also used the bassinet.

I put all the diaper supplies in a canvas basket and keep it in the living room. I don’t think the changing table is needed.

6 years 1 month ago

I wish we bought a dresser instead of changing table w/ drawers. I only changed our son on the table a few times, mainly because I never felt like carrying him upstairs to change him during the day.

I have a portable changing cushion which is used downstairs everyday.

Now that he is two, I’m thinking of selling the changing table and replacing it with a dresser, which can be used for many years. (We should have just put a changing pad on top of a dresser to begin with).

Mother of Simon
6 years 1 month ago

I agree with Amanda and Kathrine. I didn’t buy a changing table. We had a travel changing station that we used on the floor so we never needed to worry about him rolling and falling. Now that my son is 8 months old and 25 lbs, I change him on a towel on the floor. I have a cloth basket full of diaper essentials that i just put down where ever I’m going to change him so I always have everything I need. Changing table just isn’t necessary.

6 years 1 month ago

I don’t have one- we had to save money….it’s been fine….

I use the floor or bed…..

6 years 1 month ago

I disagree with the 2 PP’s. We spent the money on a nice dresser that Ds could have as he grew.

We had a pack and play for the 1st floor that came with a changing table. Now that he’s too big for that we change him on a towel on the floor. If he rolls away from us no reason to worry about a fall off the changing table.

IMO- They are a waste of money.

6 years 1 month ago

I agree with Michelle. I couldn’t live without my changing table. The height is critical in order to save myself from backaches. I suppose if the dresser or bureau that was being used was tall enough then that would be fine. But for me, I need to be able to stand up straight when changing baby. We’re still using it at 15 months and I have friends that used it until they potty trained at 2.5-3 yrs.

6 years 1 month ago

I disagree with the absence of a changing table. We bought one for upstairs and one for downstairs- and it’s been so helpful. Especially now that our little guy is one, he’s so squirmy, one of the only places I can get him to *almost* stay still for a clean diaper or new clothes is on the changing table. The height really helps and having everything at hand is great when seconds count in trying to keep him still with smelly packages. I highly recommend one (or two!).

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