Choosing the Right Changing Table or Mat for Your Baby

Are you aware of how many changing tables and changing mats are out there on the market? We'll go over the options to help you choose the right changing table depending on your needs and lifestyle.  
Choosing the Right Changing Table or Mat for Your Baby

Last update: 24 February, 2019

Are you pregnant? Without a doubt, a million questions are going through your head about your little one on the way. Some of the issues may be more complex, and others quite simple – like choosing the right changing table or mat. In today’s article, we’ll help you take care of this challenge.

Changing your baby’s diaper is an experience that you’ll repeat over and over again every day once your child is born. Those moments will provide you with a perfect opportunity to connect with your child. You can play, offer a massage, speak to your baby, and show him or her affection.

A changing mat is a small cushion where you place your baby during diaper changesYou should look for something comfortable, practical, easy to wash, and that allows you to have the articles you need on hand.

Get to know the options you can choose from

Cushioned mat

This is the most basic option and consists of a small mattress, preferably lined in plastic, and covered in a soft and washable fabric.

These mini mattresses are comfortable and you can place them on any surface. The main advantages are that you can move them from one part of the house to another, and they take up little space.

Inflatable mat

These are ideal for when you’re travelling with your baby, given that they’re made of non-toxic PVC that inflates and deflates.

You can cover it with a cloth so the PVC  doesn’t run against your little one’s skin. As we said, they’re perfect for when you’re out travelling, but not so great for day-to-day use.

Changing table

This is the most robust and complete option, perfect for your home. It includes drawers, compartments and enough space to store things like baby clothes and hygiene products .

On top of the table goes a basic changing mat. The tables are usually kept in a fixed spot of the house, although there are models that have wheels, which allow for some mobility.

The advantage of these tables is that they keep everything in one spot. However, they allow for less play.

When it comes to choosing the right changing table, this is a definite favorite. You can use it as a dresser, organizer and diaper changing station all at the same time .

Bathtub changer

This is a piece of furniture, like the one above, except that it includes the added bonus of a bathtub in its interior. While it may be practical, you lose a certain amount of storage because the bathtub takes up a considerable amount of space .

You can find fold-up models, and there are even models that allow you to take the bathtub out once your baby is older. That way, you can still use the dresser once your baby starts bathing in a regular tub.

Choosing the Right Changing Table or Mat for Your Baby

Folding changing table

These types of changing tables fold up in the same way a TV tray table does. They may or may not include a bathtub, and are perfect if you have limited space in your home. When you’re not using it, you can store it behind the bathroom door.

Diaper bag

Whatever option you choose to use at home, a diaper bag is a must. It’s always handy to have a bag where you can carry diapers, wipes, creams, clean clothes, and a fold-up changing mat.

You can keep it ready at all times for when you’re going out and avoid any inconveniences when it comes to on-the-go diaper changes .

There are a number of options when it comes to choosing the right changing table and mat. In fact, you may use more than one option as your baby grows. Before making any purchases, consider which option best fits your needs and lifestyle.

Always make sure the materials are top quality, non-toxic and well secured so that you’re sure to avoid accidents.

All cited sources were thoroughly reviewed by our team to ensure their quality, reliability, currency, and validity. The bibliography of this article was considered reliable and of academic or scientific accuracy.

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This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.