Best Changing Tables and Pads of 2017

Best Changing Tables and Pads of 2017

Last Updated: January 1, 2017
No one likes changing dirty diapers, but these tables and pads make it as easy as possible.Best Changing Tables and Pads of 2017

Let’s face it, changing diapers is not going to be your fave baby-and-me activity. But having whatever it takes to make you and your baby most comfortable for swapping nappies (up to 10 times a day!) makes it easier to deal with the whole process.

Do you need a changing table?

You don’t necessarily need a changing table. In fact, some parents just use the changing pad that comes with their diaper bag to freshen up their little ones on their bed, couch or floor. Other parents use their portable playards (like the Graco Pack n Play that comes with a changer), or repurpose a dresser into a changing table by adding a changing pad on top.

But, it can be helpful to have a changing table with raised guardrails, handy storage spaces and all at a comfortable bending height. You can purchase 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 you need a changing table or pad?

Well, the whole diaper changing thing happens pretty much instantly. So, you’ll need to be ready from the get go. 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 occur around the first birthday.

How we chose our best picks

We asked thousands of real BabyList families about the baby products they love the most. We took the top changing table and pads they shared with us and added our own research and insight. We think you and your little one will love at least one of these items, too.

Babylist Best Picks

BARGAIN BUY

IKEA Gulliver Changing Table - $59.99
WHY WE LOVE IT

The Gulliver is easy on the wallet and easy on the back since you can change your baby with minimal bending over. 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 wee one is past diapers, try the IKEA Sundvik ($149) instead. Still an affordable option, the top changing table folds up to create a secretary desk silhouette.

WHAT BABYLIST PARENTS SAY

“The IKEA Gulliver is a great price and super sturdy!” -Krista R.

SLEEK STORAGE

Babyletto Hudson Changing Dresser - $379.98
WHY WE LOVE IT

This mod number is perfect for parents who want a streamlined changing table that doubles as a dresser. With three drawers, a storage cabinet and table-top cubbies, there’s plenty of space for extra diapers, onesies, PJs and wipes. For another streamlined option, albeit with slightly less storage space, you can also check out the Babyletto Modo dresser changing table. Both come with raised sides to keep your little one safe, but can be removed when you only want to use it as a dresser.

KEEP IN MIND

Since the standard size changing pad doesn’t fit this dresser, it’s easiest to purchase the Babyletto one ($39; 31 inches long). Also, some parents report that the dresser cracks and chips easily, especially during a somewhat complicated assembly. Be extra careful when putting it together!

WHAT BABYLIST PARENTS SAY

“We wanted a changing table that could be as functional and space saving as possible and the Babyletto Hudson is! The dresser has three horizontal drawers, perfect for holding baby’s clothes and sheets, while a vertical shelf space is great for holding diapers.” -Lauren R.

HEIRLOOM LOOK

DaVinci Jenny Lind Changing Table - $124.81
WHY WE LOVE IT

We can’t help but fall for the intricate spindles on the Jenny Lind that harken back to bygone eras. If you’re into the vintage vibe, this piece is a definite must! Open shelves are ready for baby booty supplies and the changing table comes with a thin, waterproof changing pad.

KEEP IN MIND

Some parents report that the changing table scratches easily when baskets are placed on the shelves.

INVESTMENT PIECE

Pottery Barn Extra Wide Dresser and Topper Set  - $1,069.00
WHY WE LOVE IT

Pottery Barn offers it’s extra wide dresser, that doubles as a changing table, in a variety of styles. That’s good because you’ll want something that matches your decor perfectly since this substantial piece will be around for many years. Use it now as a changing table with the guard rails, and later, as a regular dresser.

KEEP IN MIND

This is the priciest and bulkiest pick of the bunch. If your budget or your space is limited, you’ll likely say no thanks to this model.

MAXIMUM STORAGE

South Shore Angel Changing Table - $169.99
WHY WE LOVE IT

This changing table has rounded countours, making it safe for baby to be around. But the real bonus on this piece is the space for storage: an open front panel let’s you easily reach for essentials while you’re changing baby, while the two drawers below can hold all your everyday necessities.

Best Changing Pad Picks

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


CURVY COMFORT

Keekaroo Peanut Diaper Changing Pad - $98.95
WHY WE LOVE IT

The Peanut Changing Pad is a game changer. No table or cover is needed with this molded model. Shaped like it’s name, it offers your baby a snug spot for diaper changes and can be used on top of a dresser or changing table, or on the floor. Since it’s made from a solid, but cushy material, you can simply wipe it down to clean it. The bonus? It comes with a five year warranty.

KEEP IN MIND

The Peanut Changing Pad material may get a little chilly during cooler months. Also, if your baby runs taller, he may quickly outgrow the changing pad which measures the standard 32 inches long.

WHAT BABYLIST PARENTS SAY

“The Peanut is durable, long and very simple to clean. There are no fussy cloth covers to clean and wash all the time. We’re all about easy.” -Caitlin D.

BASIC STAPLE

Summer Infant 2-Sided Changing Pad - $18.00
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. It fits on most changing tables and has waterproof vinyl that can be wiped clean.

KEEP IN MIND

Parents complain that the pad reeks of chemicals - maybe the new vinyl? - and needs to be aired out before baby arrives.

WHAT BABYLIST PARENTS SAY

“Because the Summer Change Pad is popular, it’s easy to get sheets for. Also, it fits our Pottery Barn changing table.” -Katrin M.

Choosing what’s right for you

Whether you choose to go all out with a nursery room changing table dresser combo or just make do with a blanket or a mat to use for changing sessions on the floor, makes little difference to your wee 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 little one clean and comfy is really what matters most.

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