- Look for a changing table that is flat. Make sure it has a barrier on all four sides, a pad, and a safety strap. We do not recommend contoured changing tables.
- If the table is on wheels, make sure it has brakes that lock.
- Make sure the table or dresser does not wobble. Give it a shake.
- If you use a dresser whose top doubles as a changing table, buy a pad with a safety strap.
- Use the safety strap every time you change your baby.
- Never leave your baby alone on the changing table, even with the safety strap on.
- Keep the diapers, wipes and diaper pail within easy reach.
- Stop using a changing table when your baby is about 2 years old or weighs about 30 pounds. This will be around the time when it is hard to keep your baby still.
If you use a dresser as a changing table
- Choose a dresser that is wide and low.
- Use a pad with a safety strap.
- Follow the directions for attaching the pad to the dresser.
- Attach the dresser to the wall so that it does not tip over. You can use an “anti-tipover restraint” to do this.
For more information, visit Babies & Kids on the Consumer Reports website.
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