Good Questions: Compact Changing Station Solutions
Daisy sent us an email: “My husband and I have a 1-bdrm apartment without a separate nursery for our upcoming arrival… we have the very compact Stokke crib which can be wheeled from room to room as needed, but is currently parked in a little corner of our living room. I’ve got the baby items tucked into nearby cupboards, closets, etc. But the one thing I can’t figure out is what to do about a changing table/ station. Is it really necessary? We have no room for a traditional table, and the Oeuf over the crib thing is too expensive and too large for the Stokke Mini. Any suggestions on compact changing station solutions/ alternatives?”
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Thanks for the question Daisy. It’s really up to you whether or not you want to invest in a changing table. You’re going to change more than 2,400 diapers before baby’s first birthday so just keep that in mind when making your decision.
Some parents simply use a waterproof changing pad and carry a portable basket of supplies from room to room. HGTV has one article that suggests a desk with a lower pullout surface can serve as both an office and diaper-changing station. (We’d just add to that to make sure this is a stable and safe set-up) You can always buy a changing table pad and anchor it to a dresser or other piece of furniture already in your room. Just make sure it’s the right height for your back. Another option is a playard with a built in changing table such as the Combi Travel Solutions Playard.
If you do decide to go with a changing table, we like the Cariboo Classic Changing Table shown above. It actually morphs into a toy and bookstand later on. (though we aren’t quite sure how)
We also read good reviews about the Delta Luv Changing Table for its compactness.