(Closed) Changing table vs. changing pad on top of dresser

posted 5 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

We use the pad on top of the dresser, our pad has straps on it to keep baby in place. Honestly, an actual changing table is not significanly safer than a pad on a dresser, you would never walk away from a baby that is on top of either one anyway. I wouldn’t waste the space or money on the extra furniture. 

Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

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mightywombat:  We’re doing either just a changing pad (I think a changing table is a waste of money) or just a little pad (like one of the portable ones) that we can move around our house but can live on top of the baby’s dresser.

Post # 4
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Worker bee

We had both. In baby’s room we had the pad on the dresser. Worked great for middle of the night changes. No worries with baby falling off. Downstairs we had a changing table with drawers underneath it. It was on the cheaper side from buy buy baby. We loved it because it was so much easier to have an upstairs and downstairs changing area. My son is 19 months and we have taken the pad off the dresser and just use the changing table downstairs.

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

I would suggest a towel or blanket on the floor. It’s the cheapest and safest way.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee

I don’t think there is anything wrong with having a pad on top of the dresser as long as you NEVER leave the baby there without both eyes on your baby and a hand in easy reach just in case. 

I would also recommend attaching the pad to the dresser is some way so that it doesn’t slip and slide around. 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

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mightywombat:  We got the ‘Ouef Changing station’, it can attach to the top of a crib or a dresser. We werent sure what the plan was so we got the station, we’re going to attach it to DH old dresser. When we were looking around I found there are great Pinterest tutorials on how to attach a changing pad to a dresser securely and add straps! There are even some good ones that show you how to build a changing tray!

  • This reply was modified 5 years, 6 months ago by  MadameHibou.
Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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mightywombat:  The little rim on a changing table is not going to stop a baby from rolling off. The basic rule is at least one hand on the baby at all times.

There are dresser toppers you can buy if you know the measurement of the dresser. It sits down over the top of the dresser so it doesn’t move around, but you don’t have to ruin the dresser by screwing anything into it.

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

I agree that a pad on a dresser is a much better option. TBH, we normally changed our babies in the crib (with the mattress at its higher setting when they are very small) or on the floor on a changing pad or blanket. It is never safe to leave a child, even for a moment, alone on either a changing table or a pad on top a dresser; they must be attended and have a hand on them at all times. There are changing pads with higher sides or with a U-shape, just to make sure baby doesn’t get too close to the edge, even with a parent right there.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

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mightywombat:  The pad we got from babies r us has tabs that are attached to the back of the dresser with screws. 

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Dresser with pad on top for sure! Then you’re not stuck with a changing table when baby isn’t diapered anymore! And agree with PPs the table itself isn’t any more safe. Just attach the pad to the back of the dresser, mine came with snaps to attach it to. It was from Buy buy baby. 

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

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mightywombat:  Also we didn’t strap it to the dresser at first and it never slipped around on the dresser, the changing pad cover helped it keep a non slip grip!

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