Updated: May 9, 2015
Changing Table Reviews:One thing that is guaranteed when you have a baby is that you will be changing plenty of diapers the first year or two. Sometimes it's convenient to just change the baby wherever you are at in your house, but more often than not you will want to use a changing table. The best thing about changing tables is that you can keep all your supplies in them - diapers, creams, lotions, clothes, etc. They are designed to be a padded surface where babies can get changed by their parents. You will find that many of the baby changing tables on the market today functions as multi-purpose baby furniture. They can be used as a changing table as well as a storage unit for diaper supplies and also have drawers or storage racks for clothes. Versatility is the name of the game when it comes to babies and parents appreciate the fact that tables for changing their baby serve many purposes. I bought a matching crib and changing table/dresser set that was very useful. On one end of the dresser was a changing table that eventually got turned upside down and became the bottom of the dresser once we were through with diapers. The drawers had 2 sets of rollers so even when the dresser was turned the other way, the drawers fit just fine. Pretty handy I must say.
Probably the most important aspect of any changing table is that it is sturdy and won't tip over very easily. Parents often find themselves holding the baby with one hand and reaching for diapers or ointments with the other. You want to make sure the table is solidly built so in case the baby moves a bit it will remain in balance and upright. The actual changing area should be slightly below the top surface (submerged if you will) so that the baby won't just fall out the side. I've heard of parents walking away from a changing table for a split second and the baby rolls right out. If it doesn't come with a changing pad, then definitely buy one for it. Most owners prefer the dresser/changing table combos and they like drawers instead of open storage shelves/racks. If you want a stand alone changing table (not with a built in dresser attached), then go something like the Delta Children's Products Haven Changing Table in Cherry which provides a few shelves down below for supplies, but is definitely not meant to be used as a dresser since there are no drawers. Pottery Barn sells a multi-tier changing table with a top drawer actually above the changing surface. There are lots of designs, colors, and variety to choose from in most baby furniture stores. Some of the favorite colors are white, cherry, and natural wood colors. Almost all of the changing table reviews that we read online were fairly positive and the only ones that failed were those that weren't sturdy or had hard to open drawers. The top brands were names like Da Vinci, Badger Basket, South Shore Furniture, Stokke, Baby Miro, Sorelle, Storkcraft, and Pali. Prices range from $100 to $300 depending on wood, finish, and drawers. There are sporadic reviews posted in parents forums and on sites like Target.com but we found the most in depth and informative baby changing table reviews on Amazon.com. You can browse the top selling baby changing tables online here.