Choosing a Changing Table
To change your baby’s diaper, you can use a changing table specifically designed for baby diaper changing. You can also use a flat, secure surface (like the floor or bed), covered with a changing pad or towel. Whatever you choose, be sure the surface is sturdy.
If you buy a changing table specifically designed for baby diaper changing, make sure that:
- The changing table is sturdy and stable, with a 2-inch guardrail around all four sides. The top of the changing table should be concave, so that the middle is slightly lower than the sides
- You secure the changing table to the wall (to the studs), if possible, to prevent tip-overs. If the table has wheels, be sure they are locked
- Have all your supplies ready before you change your baby. Make sure they are within your reach, but out of your baby’s reach. Do not give your baby product containers to hold while you are changing her; give her a toy to hold instead
Never leave your baby alone on a changing table, not even for a minute. ALWAYS keep one hand on your baby when using a changing table, even when you are using the provided safety strap. Ignore the phone during this time — your baby’s safety comes first!
Before you purchase or use any changing table, check for recalls at CPSC.gov.