(Closed) Change pad on dresser

posted 8 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 17
873 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

We sometimes used our changing pad on a dreser, but used the bed the most.

Post # 18
341 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

We’re not doing either the changing pad on the dresser or a changing table.  After talking with a lot of our friends, they said that most of the time you end up changing the baby on a little roll-up changing mat or something on the nearest thing to you…bed, chair, floor, whatever, and the changing table just ends up being unused.  We live in a townhouse, also, and the nursery is upstairs, so it’s just not feasible…I’m not going to take the baby upstairs every time I need to change him just to use the changing pad or table.  Smile

Post # 20
47429 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Speaking as a nurse who worked  years in Emergency, I just wanted to make a couple of points.

Babies can and do fall off contoured changing pads. All of a sudden they surprise you with the ability to roll over, when they couldn’t do it the day before.

Not many parents use the straps and buckles (realistically they are a bother to use and people don’t). I never used them myself.

The key rule to remember is to have one hand on the baby at all times. If you get an urgent phone call, ignore it! Or, take the baby with you, put them in the crib or on the floor (they can’t fall off ).

Too many parents, mostly moms cause they do the majority of care, “turn their back for just a second” and baby falls to the floor. I can’t count the number of times I heard crying moms say those words.


Post # 21
1172 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I was just wondering about this myself, I just planned on using a dresser but Mother-In-Law said if it’s not tall enough it’ll be hard to bend over to change the baby.  I’m not a giant and the dresser is about hip height so I figured I’d be ok.  I was just worried about the pad slipping off, I thought about putting one of those anti-slip rubber pads under it?

Post # 22
4354 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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@julies1949:  Definitely never plan to take my hands off baby, change table or otherwise because a baby can easily still fall off a change table. Good advice!


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@Mrs.D:  The pads actually have anchor straps on them which you can screw in to the back of your dresser or the drywall (behind the dresser where it’s not seen) so the pad stays secure. I plan to anchor to the back of the dresser because it’s not an expensive peiece and I’d rather it be secure and live with a couple of holes in the back of a top drawer.

Post # 23
330 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

One of my nanny families had a tall dresser that was a family piece, so they went and found a shorter (3 drawer) dresser to put the changing pad on. Then they just kept all the diapers and stuff in there.

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@julies1949:  My nanny kiddo was a squirmer, I had to keep one hand on him at all times. By 18 months, he only wanted to be changed while standing. That got tricky.

Post # 24
492 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

My mom insists that a dresser will get destroyed with lotion, possibly urine or poop, etc, so she said we must get a separate changing table to protect the nicer furniture.  I’m not sure I agree, but wanted to share.

Post # 25
7768 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I don’t see how it would be easier for a baby to fall off a dresser vs. a “changing table.”  I am using my dresser because it is super long and I like to have the diapers and wipes up there while I am changing- a lot of the changing tables have them below.  I think we might put down some velcro to keep the pad from sliding around or build a lip around the pad so it stays in place.  Is that your concern?

I have years of experience (nannied for 10 years) and I never take my hand off the baby when it is on the pad.  I also am using a dresser that is the perfect height, as I am super tall- it is a tallish dresser.

Post # 26
3501 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2002

i plan to use a pad on a dresser to save space and be able to set things next to it. i hate the changing tables with open shelves because i just imagine the child pulling things down allll day long. when i nannied for a family of 3, this is exactly what they did. lol. le sigh. i also think that since our nursery is upstairs, im going to have a nice wicker diaper basket downstairs with the necessities in it so if were downstairs and baby has a blow out, im able to address the problem without running upstairs.

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