Post # 1
(Just doing some research before registering in a few months)
I keep hearing that a changing table is not needed, and to just put a pad on top of a short dresser. But what about the ledges? Don’t they make changing tables safer? And, although I know not to leave the baby unattended, the changing tables have straps that are actually connected underneath the pads. I just don’t see how a pad on top of a dresser is as safe. Please enlighten me! Thanks!
ETA: I can only fit one or the other. Technically we don’t need a dresser because the room has a big closet with drawers. But we are also questioning the idea of buying a piece of furniture (changing table) that we only need for a short amount of time. A dresser lasts much longer.
Post # 3
I’ve always thought I would go the dresser route for storage, but can’t really chime in on the whole safety issues. One thing I did see that could give peace of mind if you prefer the look/practicality of a dresser is this:
I’m sure you could make it as permanent or not as you like.
Post # 4
Yeah, they make just the tops that can go around a changing pad. We’re going the dresser route, a changing table seems like a waste. I just saw some of the tops at Baby Furniture Warehouse in Braintree actually. They’re just square boxes, but they seem to add a bit of sturdiness. We’ll probably get one. And some of the pads have straps, too. I actually think we will be getting this one- I like that you can just wipe it down, although I like the looks of the regular ones better. http://www.amazon.com/BabySmart-Cooshee-Changer-Baby-Blue/dp/B002YQ3ZEG/ref=br_it_dp_o?ie=UTF8&coliid=I290SMI7IDV0RR&colid=3EG6XH50P4FW4
Post # 5
I have never met anyone who uses the straps. You must always have one hand on the baby, so you can’t rely on the ledges. They do help the pad not to move around.
I’m with you. A changing table is handy but if space is a problem you can get an attachment that fits on top of a dresser.
Ikea makes a Hemnes chest of drawers
and sells a changing table top for it
You can use it later as a small child’s dresser, or later as a bedside table.
Post # 6
We opted for a tall dresser instead of a changing table. I never regretted it. He had so many clothes and I used the dresser and the closet. Whenever he needs to be changed he got changed on the couch or in the floor. Now that he is 8 months old a changing table would be a pain..he would try to crawl right off!
Post # 7
Our changing pad is contoured and we put it on a dresser. I was worried at first but it really worked out. We started changing baby on the floor (with contoured pad) at 7 months b/c she got really squirmy.
Post # 8
You should be able to screw the changing pad into the top of the dresser (or fasten it in some other way) so at least the pad itself can’t slide off. We’re also planning on using a dresser with a changing table top. We actually found one that we love from Walmart of all places:
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Post # 10
Some of the baby dresses are a cross between a changing table and a dresse and already have ledges around the top like this one
Post # 11
My sister has had two babies – one now finally out of diapers. She has done dressers with the countoured changing pads on top for both. I plan to do the same – we have a 2 bedroom condo and there’s no room for both!
Post # 12
we have a changing table and i really love it. i felt the same way about the dresser option – i just couldn’t see how that was safe. our changing table has a slight ledge around the edges and straps. i actually did use the straps every time i changed my baby when he was first born – he was super tiny, and even with my hand on him at all times it made me feel more comfortable…they were there so why not use ’em :p now that he’s getting bigger i don’t use them as much but still think they’re useful if i have to bend down and grab something.
i think changing tables are good for organization too. our changing table has baskets/drawers underneath to store diapering supplies, burp cloths, receiving blankets, etc. i like having designated storage space just for diapering stuff cause if we just used a dresser that stuff would end up in the bathroom under the sink or something.
Post # 13
We’re going the dresser route. We have a vintage dresser that was DH’s dads as a kid, so we are going to repaint it and use a contoured changing pad on top. Plus, we didn’t really want to buy a piece of furniture that is going to be basically useless in a couple years.
I’ve heard of people using velcro to velcro the pad to the dresser.
Post # 14
If you are worried about slip-sliding of the pad, could you use the same thing you put under a rug? Or as @zippylef: said, velcro would be good, too.
Post # 15
We actually bought an antique table to use. I’m glad we opted for something that has storage, just b/c we need a place to keep wipes, diapers, etc.
Post # 16
Our crib has an attached diaper changing table – like this. But ours has one shelf in the front and then a pull-out hamper, and three shelves in the back. I like the changing table a lot because it gives specific stograge space, and it seems safer to me than a changing pad on top of a dresser. We still use it (at 16 months), and we still strap DD in every time. I am really paranoid about her falling.
If you’re unsure about which will work bast for you, there are some “combo” pieces of furniture that are dressers on the bottom, but include the changing table ledge and attached straps. Like this one.