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Can I use a dresser as a changing table?

Last Updated: 22nd April, 2020

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Most changing tables include shelves to hold diapers, wipes, powder and other supplies you need. But once your baby outgrows diapers, you're left with a piece of furniture you can't really use. If you convert a dresser to a changing table, when your baby gets older, you can use the dresser in his room to hold clothes.

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Simply so, can you use a chest of drawers as a changing table?

And when your little darling no longer needs a change table, why you don't have one, you have a chest of drawers, useful for many more years. Don't bother buying the change table. Buy two of the raised change mats and use an existing chest of drawers or buy one instead of buying the change table.

One may also ask, is it worth buying a changing table? A changing table is a stand-alone piece of nursery furniture. The top is the right size for a changing mat, with shelves or drawers underneath for storing nappies, baby wipes and changing accessories. A changing table helps you keep your nappy-changing supplies in one place. However, they can be expensive and bulky.

Similarly, how tall should a dresser be for a changing table?

Well, it's a great idea to use a regular dresser for changing, especially if you're limited in space. A good height would be about 36″ tall. A standard table might be 20″ wide x 26″ long x 36″ high. A standard changing pad is 17″ x 33″.

How much is a changing table?

Typical costs: The majority of home changing tables cost $100-$200.

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Branda Donnay

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What to look for in a changing table?

Here are four important features to keep in mind to help you narrow the field.
  1. Assess the safety strap. The changing table you're considering should have a pad that affixes to the table with a safety strap.
  2. Consider storage.
  3. Look for barriers on four sides.
  4. Check table height by bending over the table in the store.

Virtudes Faulborn

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Are baby changing tables safe?

A changing table provides a designated safe place for you to change your baby's diaper. Whether you opt for a traditional changing table or a dresser with a changing pad on top, you'll be happy to have a go-to spot for diaper changes.

Evaldas Mochalygin

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How do you attach a summer baby changing pad to a dresser?

2) With the Changing Pad in position attach the fastening strap to the back of the table or dresser using the 1/2" wood screw included 1. 3) Periodically check the fastening strap to ensure it remains tight and securely attached to the table or dresser. buckle and pull the fastening strap through to release the pad.

Kattie Dunkley

Pundit

Where do you change a baby without a changing table?

What are your options when no changing table is available?
  • Use the car.
  • Use the bathroom floor.
  • Use the sink counter.
  • Use your lap while you sit on a toilet in the bathroom.
  • Have baby stand in a stall.
  • Use a flat surface out in the place of business.

Alex Wienandts

Pundit

What do you need at a changing table?

Now you're ready to stock your changing station with these everyday essentials:
  • Diapers.
  • Wipes.
  • Creams.
  • Pacifiers and other soothers.
  • Extra changing-pad cover.
  • A diaper pail.
  • Snap-close bodysuits.
  • Hand sanitizer.

Hassie Rompaey

Pundit

What are the straps for on a changing pad?

Contoured walls and a quick release safety belt keep your baby comfortably and securely on the pad. A security strap underneath keeps the pad attached to furniture, and the non-skid bottom keeps the pad from slipping or moving.

Ursicina Thorbruegge

Pundit

What changing pad is best?

The Best Changing Pads of 2019
  • LA Baby 4-Sided Changing Pad.
  • Skip Hop Pronto Signature Portable Changing Pad.
  • Keekaroo Peanut Changer.
  • Summer Infant 4-Sided Changing Pad.
  • Bumbo Changing Pad.
  • Naturepedic Contoured Changing Pad.
  • Summer Infant Quickchange Portable.
  • Castle Kids Luxury All in One Travel Diaper Changing Pad.

Baltazar Teja

Teacher

What is a changing pad liner?

A three-pack of additional Changing Pad Liners, for use with the Boppy Changing Pad Set. Absorbent material with a waterproof backing protects the minky softness of the changing pad cover, extending the time between washings.

Florea Verhag

Teacher

How do you make a changing table topper?

DIY changing table topper tutorial
  1. Mark and cut your wood. These are all simple 90-degree cuts.
  2. Drill four pocket holes on the two short pieces. Two on each end.
  3. Assemble the changing table topper using 1.25″ pocket hole screws.
  4. You can choose to stain it before or afterward.

Aisam Batz

Reviewer

Can I put a changing pad on top of a dresser?

Screw the end of one into the front of the dresser and the other into the back. Pull the straps up and lay them flat on the top of the dresser. Place the changing pad on top and cross the straps up and over, buckling them in the center of the pad. This keeps the pad in place, both while using it and when not in use.

Rambha Begines

Reviewer

Do changing pads come in different sizes?

Standard size would be about 17"x32" - anything around this size (so could be an inch or two longer/shorter on either size or both sides). Usually the fitted changing pad covers have elastic around them and plenty of room to accommodate a little bigger and small than that size.

Badia Pehotin

Reviewer

What height should a baby changing unit be?

There is no fixed or regulated height at which baby changing units are mandated to be fitted at. Most manufacturers agree however that the surface which the baby will lay on should be between 730mm and 750mm from the floor. This seems to be the most comfortable height for a number of users, male and female alike.

Manju Aberspach

Reviewer

Brittney Canada

Supporter

What is the size of a baby changing mat?

The anti roll sides are 100mm in depth, and the rising curved design creates a softer feel when supporting your baby. The BabyDam changing mat measures 70cm x 45cm x 10cm (LxWxH) and is a lightweight, hassle free, easy wipe clean product.

Raimon Papoutsis

Supporter

At what age do you stop using a changing table?

You should keep supplies within your reach, but out of the baby's reach. Stop using your changing table when your baby reaches the age or weight limit recommended by the manufacturer, which is typically age 2, or 30 pounds (13,607 grams).

Ineva Engelbracht

Supporter

Do you really need a diaper changing table?

Do You Need a Changing Table? No, you don't necessarily need a formal changing table. You can choose a changing table to match your crib or nursery style, or get one that has drawers or shelves to use long after your baby has outgrown diapers.

Carmem Khodaiji

Beginner

Is a crib necessary?

Start With Sleep
Start with a crib and build your nursery around it. "The most important piece of furniture is the crib," Gordon says. "It's highly regulated and the safest sleep environment possible." The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends sharing the same room with your baby for the first 6 months.

Anika Car

Beginner

Can you use a chest of drawers as a changing table?

Buy two of the raised change mats and use an existing chest of drawers or buy one instead of buying the change table. Long and wide is the best option if you have the choice. Have one mat set up on the drawers permanently, and use the other for changes in varied spots (near the bath, in the lounge, in the backyard…

Willington Petry

Beginner

How many changing pads do I need?

How Many Changing Pad Covers Do I Need? You'll only need two changing pad covers for your diapering needs. Some people may think one is enough and if you're really diligent about doing your laundry, it might be. But others aren't as good about immediately washing soiled changing pads, so two might be a safer bet.