Generally, you can choose from three kinds of changing tables: wooden ones with guardrails, fold-up models, and hinged chest adapters. Hinged chest adapters are not recommended - dressers with these adapters have toppled over when a baby's weight was placed close to the outer edge.
What to look for:
- Wooden changing tables with rails are usually the least likely to sway or tip over when a baby pulls on them from the floor.
- Fold-up models should be checked for sturdiness: When the table is open, give it a good shake.
- A wire changing table should have a wide base so that a baby can't pull it over on top of himself or herself from the floor.
- The table should have shelves or compartments for storing everything you'll need. This prevents you from taking your eyes off your baby while you look for that hard-to-find item.
- The guardrail around the table should be at least 2 inches (5 centimeters) high.
SAFETY NOTE: Use the safety belt every time you change your baby.
Reviewed by: Mary L. Gavin, MD
Date reviewed: November 2007
Originally reviewed by: Barbara P. Homeier, MD
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice,
diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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