For many parents, one essential piece of furniture in a nursery is a changing table, but before running out and buying this piece of furniture, you need to think about what you want. As is the norm with buying these items, you should first work out your budget, and next, think about the décor and the size of the nursery. Finally, you should determine if you prefer a new one, or whether a used one is acceptable, but used items will require more scrutiny for the sake of the baby’s safety.
Keeping the baby safe is the first consideration when buying any baby nursery furniture, and it especially important when buying a crib and a changing table. It is important to check to make sure that it is sturdy and that the legs are secure. Most importantly, test it to see if it wobbles, as this is a clear indication that it is not stable enough to use for a baby.
Some parents like the security of having rails, but for them to be useful, make sure that they do not shake. To increase the stability of baby furniture, consider affixing the units to the wall or floor. You can also consider buying anti-tip straps such as the KidCo Anti-tip furniture strap or The Parent Units Heavy Duty Topple Stop Furniture Fastening System or Anti-Tip Anchoring Systems. As a final safety note, always stop using it when your baby reaches the maximum age and size the manufacturer recommends.
Apart from these safety issues, look for the following when choosing a changing table for your baby’s nursery:
While it is possible to go without using a changing table, the convenience of having one is hard to beat. Having a simple way to keep all your changing supplies in one place is a bonus for any parent who buys one. Apart from the convenience they offer, they can also help to complete the look of a baby’s nursery.