(Closed) Changing table v. dresser

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

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
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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

HEMNES chest, white Width: 33 1/8 " Depth: 17 3/8 " Depth of drawer: 13 " Width: 84 cm Depth: 44 cm Depth of drawer: 33 cmand sells a changing table top for it

HEMNES changing table top, white Width: 33 1/8 " Depth: 31 1/2 " Height: 4 3/8 " Width: 84 cm Depth: 80 cm Height: 11 cm You can use it later as a small child’s dresser, or later as a bedside table.

 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2000

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 # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

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
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Bumble Beekeeper

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

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
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

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
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

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 Dirty Delete 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.

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