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Best Changing Tables and Pads
Updated on
January 4, 2024

Best Changing Tables and Pads

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Best Changing Tables and Pads

Reality check: changing diapers is probably not going to be your favorite baby-and-me activity. Having whatever it takes to make you and your little one most comfortable for swapping diapers (up to 10 times a day!) may not make the job any more fun, but will make the process a whole lot easier.

Do You Need a Changing Table?

No, you don’t necessarily need a formal changing table. (Which is why we’ve included other options in this guide.) You can easily repurpose a dresser into a changing table by adding a changing pad on top. Some parents use the changer option that comes with their portable playard, while others just use an on-the-go pad (many come included with your diaper bag) on the bed, couch or floor.

If you do decide to purchase a changing table, some of the pros include an extra-safe place for baby (changing tables feature raised guard rails—but you’ll still need to keep a hand on baby at all times to prevent them from rolling off), extra storage space and a comfortable bending height for those (many) diaper changes. 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.

When do Babies Outgrow Changing Tables?

You can continue to use a changing table until your child reaches 32 inches in height—the standard length of a changing pad—which will likely be around one year to 18 months.

Bargain Buy

Why We Love It

IKEA once again comes in with this affordable, minimalist basic that blends into any decor. The Gulliver is easy on the wallet and easy on the back since you can change your baby with minimal bending. Use the two shelves for stacking essentials on their own or in baskets.

Keep in Mind

If you’d rather have a changing table that you can use as a nightstand or small dresser when your little one is past diapers, try the IKEA Sundvik instead. The top changing table folds up to create a secretary desk silhouette.

Modern and Minimalist

Why We Love It

If minimalism is your jam, we heart this 3-drawer changer + dresser combo from Delta Children. Sleek, simple lines, three drawers for lots of storage and a removable changing tray to extend usage makes this changing table a great choice.

Keep in Mind

You’ll want to anchor all heavy furniture to the wall the minute your little one is mobile. This changing table comes with a wall anchor to make that a little bit easier.

Heirloom Look

Why We Love It

We pretty much love anything Jenny Lind, and this multi-drawer dresser is no exception. The beautiful spindle details and solid construction make this a functional and beautiful piece. It even features adjustable levers for uneven floors.

Keep in Mind

To turn this dresser into a changing table, you’ll need to add a changing table topper and a changing pad.

A Classic Dresser

This three-drawer dresser from Babyletto works with a variety of design styles, from mid-century modern to craftsman to farmhouse, and will take your child from nursery to big kid room with ease. Made with sustainable New Zealand pine wood, it’s also has a non-toxic finish and comes with an anti-tip kit.

Keep in Mind

The removable changing top with sectioned trays helps keep diaper-changing supplies organized, but you will need a separate pad to go along with it.

A Smart Changing Table

This clever piece from Storkcraft tops a sleek kids’ bookcase with a changing topper. The three cubbies can be used to store toys, books or other nursery essentials and will grow with your child after the diapering days are over.

Keep in Mind

This does require assembly, but it’s pretty easy. It comes with a set of wood and a set of painted feet that you can swap out for different looks.

Best Changing Pad Picks

These changing pads can be used either with tables or on their own; here’s a variety of choices.

Wipes Clean

Why We Love It

No table or cover needed here; this cushy pad offers your baby a snug spot for diaper changes and can be used atop a dresser, changing table or even on the floor. And since it’s made from a waterproof material, you can simply wipe it down for easy cleaning.

Keep in Mind

The changing pad may get a little chilly during cooler months.

Affordable Basic

Why We Love It

With its high curved sides, safety belt and a security strap for furniture, this pad helps keep your little one safe during diaper changes—all at an ultra affordable price. It fits on most changing tables and has rwaterproof pad and a soft, breathable, odor-resistant cover.

Keep in Mind

Some parents say the pad is a bit thin and recommend having an extra cover on hand to swap when one is in the wash.

Wireless Weigh-In

Why We Love It

If you want to make sure your baby is gaining weight, especially during those first few months, this high-tech (and wipe-clean) changing pad features a built-in wireless scale to give you peace of mind that weight gain is on track.

Keep in Mind

The changing pad pairs with the Grow smart phone app to make weight tracking simple and seamless.

On the Go Changes

Why We Love It

Don’t want to deal with a traditional changing table or dresser? This compact changing clutch turns any location (think floor, bed, couch or even car trunk—we’ve done it all!) into a diaper changing station. Features include an extra-wide, cushioned changing pad with a pillow, a mesh pocket, a zippered front pocket and a wipes case.

Keep in Mind

This changing station is also great for stowing in your diaper bag for diapering on the go.

Choosing What’s Right for You

Whether you choose to go all out with a changing table + dresser combo or just make do with a blanket or a mat to use for changing sessions on the floor, it makes little difference to your little one, as long as it’s a safe spot. Choose what you think will work best for you and your family, and remember that making your baby clean and comfy is really what matters most.

Jen LaBracio

Senior Gear Editor

Jen LaBracio is Babylist’s Senior Gear Editor, a role that perfectly combines her love of all things baby gear with her love of (obsessive) research. When she’s not testing out a new high chair or pushing the latest stroller model around her neighborhood, she likes to run, spin, listen to podcasts, read and spend time at the beach. In her past life, she worked for over a decade in children’s publishing. She lives outside of Chicago with her husband and their two boys, Will and Ben.

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