According to Consumer Reports, your baby will go through as many as 2,000 diapers in his first year. Since you'll be changing a lot of diapers, make sure that your changing area is comfortable, convenient and safe for your baby. To save space and money on extra furniture, some parents choose to turn a basic dresser into a changing table. Creating a changing table out of a dresser is an easy way to prepare for your new baby.
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Things you need
- Furniture straps, if needed
- Removable changing pad
- Diaper changing supplies
- Diaper changing pad cover, if desired
Choose the right size dresser. Make sure that the dresser you choose is high enough so that you won't have to bend down and strain your back. Consumer Reports recommends using a dresser that is 36 to 43 inches high. In addition, when searching for a dresser, make sure you find one that is wide enough to hold a removable changing pad and still have some room. Older babies can wiggle around, and a narrow dresser top could pose a safety hazard. Also, shorter dressers are less likely to fall forward when the baby is on them. If you're tall and decide to opt for a taller dresser, mount the dresser to the wall with furniture straps so that it doesn't fall forward.
Purchase a removable changing pad. These contoured changing pads are designed to turn any area into a diaper-changing area. Make sure that you purchase a pad that is specifically designed for diaper changing. The pad should have at least two contoured sides and a restraint strap. If you need to change the baby in another area, you can simply move the pad.
Gather diaper-changing materials. Dressers provide built-in storage, so take advantage of this by using the top drawer to store diapers, wipes, lotions and diaper rash ointment. In addition, if your dresser is long enough, you can keep a box of wipes or a wipe warmer on top of the dresser for easy access.
Tips and warnings
- Choose a contoured changing pad made out of material that can be easily wiped down with soap and water, such as vinyl. If you want a more personalised, colourful look, purchase a contoured changing pad cover. These can be removed and washed as needed.
- Though removable changing pads have a strap to hold a baby in place, never leave your baby unattended, even if you're sure the straps are secure. Even if they're strapped in, babies can move a removable changing pad, which could cause a fall.
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