The changing table is an essential piece of baby equipment. This very practical piece of furniture allows you to change and care for your little one in good conditions. Before buying one, take the time to compare the different models in order to choose the one that suits you best.
Choosing a changing table to suit your living space
Before choosing a changing table, consider a number of criteria: will it be used in a bedroom or bathroom? Do you have a large space or a small one? Are you looking for a piece of furniture with storage space? All these questions will help you to decide which changing table is best suited to your needs and constraints.
The classic changing table
Generally equipped with wheels, it can be moved easily from the bedroom to the bathroom. It often has storage trays that will allow you to arrange your baby's changing items.
The changing unit for large spaces
Although this model is very complete and practical, it is also particularly bulky and will be better suited to a spacious baby's room. This piece of furniture has a changing table on the top and drawers underneath to store all of baby's clothes and belongings. It is best to choose a model that can be upgraded so that the changing table can be removed as baby grows, leaving only the chest of drawers.
The wall-mounted changing table to save space
The wall-mounted changing table can be fixed directly to the wall, freeing up floor space, which is ideal if you have limited space in the bedroom or bathroom. Once you have finished changing your baby, you can simply fold it up. It usually has some storage space above the changing table for nappies, cotton wool, liniment, etc.
The folding changing table
Another interesting option for small spaces, the folding changing table is basic but very practical. It folds on itself like the wall-mounted model, but it has 4 legs and can be easily slipped behind a door or into a cupboard. The only drawback is that it has no storage trays.
The changing table
The smallest but most basic solution, the changing table is placed directly on the cot or sometimes above the bath. It has the advantage of being easy to transport and of not taking up any space. Be careful, however, as some models only fit on cots of the same brand.
Think about comfort for baby and parents
It is essential that your changing table is comfortable for your baby and also for you. There are a number of details that go into this:
the changing table must be adapted to your height: if it is too low, your back will hurt and if it is too high, you will not be comfortable looking after your baby;
the changing mat must be of good quality and soft so that your child is comfortable during the change. Remember to check that it is removable or washable;
Choose a changing table where baby is facing you and not on the side. This is much more practical and comfortable for changing.
Choosing a changing table: don't neglect safety
Whichever model of changing table you choose, it must comply with the European standard NF EN 12221-1+A1, which guarantees the stability and effectiveness of the side guards.
Check the maximum weight the table can support.
If the changing table has wheels, it must have a braking system. And for foldable models, the locking device is mandatory.