We bought a changing/dressing/bathing unit from argos, it was around £50 and it was one of the best things we bought.
Ours has two 'shelves' for changing accessories and bath accessories. It has a bath and a changing mat that is on top of the bath and you just drop the changing mat down the back to use the bath.
The bath has a plug and a tube to make it easier to empty it. Rather than carrying a full bath of water to the sink/bath to empty it you just wheel the whole thing to where you want to empty it and pull the plug and the water exits via the tube.
My little boy prefers the proper bath so we havent used the bath many times but it is so much easier to use than the ones where you have to kneel on the floor!
The changin mat is great, it has two high edges because it is up of the ground these HELP to stop your baby rolling off. Obviously you cant just leave your baby on it but it does add that extra safety. The mat is easily cleaned and i at a perfect height for changing and dressing your baby.
The shelves are the full siz of the unit underneath the bath and the mat. There is also 3 small compartments on the top of the unit, next to the bath and mat which are really handy to keep the accessories you need the most, like wipes, a few nappies, sudocrem and even socks!
This review is about the Easi Peasi Changing Unit made by Cosatto which is currently available from Kiddicare.com for £79.99. However, much of the user opinion relates to changing tables in general.
The Easi Peasi changing unit consists of a deepsided foam-filled plastic covered changing mat which is available in various designs. Mine has colourful bubbles all over it but the Zuton design currently available via kiddicare consists of starburst patterns in mixed colours. The designs are generally unisex.
The changing mat sits at the top of the table frame and lifts up and over (so that it hangs to the side) to reveal a baby bath with a plastic moulded backrest wedge to make it easier to hold baby upright during bathing. The bath has a small drainage hole with removable plastic plug and a hose which you position over a bath, sink or shower tray to drain the water away at the end of bathtime.
Beneath the bath are two shelving areas. The top area holds three plastic trays, whilst the bottom is one long enclosed area made from thin plastic fabric (the type used for strong table cloths). Beside and slightly lower than the changing mat are two deep plastic trays, each of which is divided into two sections. These side trays, like the trays in the top shelving section, are removable for easy cleaning.
The unit stands on four wheels which can be locked for stability or unclocked for ease of manouverability.
First the good points:
I suffer from on-off back problems, so the ability to change my son whilst I'm standing is a huge benefit.
Similarly, standing to bath a newborn makes the task much more pleasant and safer, no more leaning over the side of a standard bath whilst trying to maintain control of a soapy struggler.
The open storage trays make finding the various lotions and potions required much quicker and easier than rooting through a layette box or chest of drawers.
The deep bottom shelf is large enough to hold four packs of nappes and wipes store nicely on the trays above. Plus the side storage trays are handy for shampoo, baby bath and sponges which need to be within reach during bath time.
The lockable wheels are fab and the raised sides to the changing mat prevent baby from rolling off (of course you should never leave your baby unattended on any raised surface).
And the drawbacks:
The baby bath on this unit is minute. My son was long and weighed 9lb 10oz. He always looked too big for the bath and after four weeks of use he looked positively uncomfortable so we reverted back to my old (large) baby bath.... and my back started acheing again.
The whole unit takes up a lot of space, plus if you're going to wheel it into the bathroom to use the bath you need a fair amount of space to get around. We could just about squeeze it into the ensuite, but it was a struggle.
Once put together the table cannot be dismantled. The plastic fittings are designed to lock together just once and it must be broken apart, hence once it's up you cannot take it apart to store it between babies.
The changing mat is quite narrow, once baby can toddle, and in some cases once baby can pull himself to sitting position, it is no longer comfortable, or safe to use the rable top mat.
Lifting a heavy baby/toddler up to place them on the mat can exaccerbate a bad back.
There are no drawers on the unit so creams and scissors etc.. cannot be stored safely out of baby's reach.
The drainage hose is too short, you have to be very close to the outlet source to use it.
This is a handy item if you have back problems and want somewhere to store all the baby bits and bobs away neatly. However, it is not a necessary item, I've bathed newborns in a washing up bowl and got them just as clean and I've changed them on the bed with just a folded towel beneath them (do this quickly to avoid a wee accident!) and baby hasn't complained. But then, I've also slept a baby in a drawer and used pillowcases instead of sheets to cover crib mattresses (great for a sicky baby, just turn the mattress over and use the second side without having to replace the cover twenty times a day!), so I can do it bare basics or with luxuries like this table :)
Baby Changing Tables
I think baby changing tables are a great practical piece of equipment that any parent with the space should have.
I purchased my changing table from a popular kids discounted website and managed to pay only £59.99 for it.
The changing table was a good height (between waist and bust level) which meant that I could change my babies nappy without straining my back. This was a very important factor to me as I suffered from back pain during my pregnancy and suffered worse after childbirth.
The advantages of a baby changing table-
No bending over, table is at the appropriate height to prevent any stain to the back
It is made of easily cleanable material which means any accidents can be sorted out in minutes (no more scrubbing carpets)
In general they have storage which means all the baby things you need are close to hand. ie. nappy sacks, nappies, wipes, cotton buds, clean vests etc.
Changing tables can be expensive, I managed to get a really good bargin but have also seen some very priecy ones.
Changing tables are only suitable if you have the floor space.
Having become a mother of twins I became aware of how difficult it was to find a safe place for one wriggling baby while I changed the other. At home the floor became the obvious choice, however being out and about was a different matter. Then I discovered the boot of my car, what a perfect safe place to house both babies while doing the nappy change. Even the smallest of boots can accommodate your baby and changing bag safely. No need to hold on to your baby for dear life, no stretching your arms six foot long to reach the wipes that you left somewhere else. No wet tops when running around with your nappiless baby looking for the changing bag that you left in the CAR BOOT! (Don't forget to remove baby afterwards!)
When pregnant with baby number 2,my friend was selling a changing unit which I purchased thinking what a great buy it would be.So I got a brevi changing unit for £30 she paid £70 for it the previous year. It is a lot bigger than the changing unit's they sell now,and it doesn't fold up,the bath is bigger than an average baby bath you put on the floor as well.It has 2 large drawer/tray type things to put bit's which can hod half my nappy collection(clothie=loads of nappies).There is a large changing mat on top with padded sides and along the side there are handy little storage areas where I store baby bath shampoo etc,it has wheels for ease of movement. Why would I have just brought drawers if I'd known?My son ay 7 months old became a wriggler as they all do which terrified me if he fell from that height it would be nasty,although I was with him all the time the thought of him rolling off was enough to stop me using it.We change on the floor or on my knee now. It still has it use as we store stuff on it even in the bath,but if we'd got a chest of drawers we'd have a piece of furniture we could use and everything would like tidy and that would take up less space than the changing unit. All in all if I'd known how little use it was going to get I'd have brought a chest of drawers and popped a changing mat on top for the first few days,I suppose you could even put a bath on the top and mat on floor,so if I ever have another baby I'll buy a chest of drawers and pop my mat on top. My changing unit had it uses and it was invaluable in those first early weeks but it was not worth the money there is a cheaper alternative which is much better.
When pregnant with my first child, l bought a changing mat. That was 4 years ago and l think l have probably used it about 5 times in total for both my children. What is the point. They are cold and small. My babies were a lot happier lying on a sheet on my bed. Okay so it isn't wipeable, but to be honest, for how often the sheet gets stained (which incidently when it does it just goes straight into the washing machine with a bit of stain remover on) the baby has always been more warm and comfortable. You pay a lot of money for something with a theme on. It isn't necessary. And where do you put it without straining your back to bend over. A sheet, is easily placed on a bed, or sofa wherever you are (obviously not leaving the baby unattended). And can be used over and over again.
As a new parent you first few nappy changes will be fumbling one of the keys to confident nappy changing is to set up a well-equiped comfortable space in advance.Where you choose to change your baby is up to you:many mums create a changing area in the spare room(if you have one) which makes life easier when you need to change your baby during the night.The spot should be warm with plenty of storage space. Some mothers prefer to buy pupose-bulit changing units but they do take up a lot of space and babys rapidly outgrow them.A bedroom chest of drawers or kitchen table is just as suitible you will need to have a well padded changing mat avalible from all good nursery outlets.Make sure you have some space to keep all your nappy changing equipment nearby. The safest place of all is to change your baby on the floor he/she will be happy as long as you set up in a warm corner but not to close to a heater as a foot or arm could get burnt.In the early days with your newborn you will be changing aroung 12 nappies a day.Your daytime changing equipment could all be kept in a changing bag-just remember to replenish stocks every evening theres nothing more annoying than chaning a nappy to find you dont have another. Your newborn may be more comfortable on a full size padded mat than on the flimsy foldouts that come with changing bags. Keeping your baby safe. 1)Never leave your baby unattended on a changing mat even for a split second while you fetch a clean vest.You never know when your baby will roll over for the first time. 2)If you are using a chest of drawers make sure its pushed firmly against a wall to prevent accidents. 3)Dont hang mirrors or pictures over the nappy changing area they could fall on to your baby. What you will need. 1)A stack of clean nappys. 2)Nappy liners,pins and waterproof pants if you are using terry nappies. 3)A well padded changing mat. 4)Nappy disposal sack
s-plastic bags will do. 5)An anti-bacterial spray for cleaning up after an accident . 6)Baby wipes or cotten wool. 7)Nappy rash cream in case of soreness. 8)A small plastic bowl of tepid water. 9)Tissues incase your baby soils the mat while you are changing him/her. 10)One clean change of clothes kept close by in case your baby has soiled the clothes he/she is wearing. I hope this opinion is useful.
Like most people, when I was buying baby things whilst pregnant I was on a budget. I liked the whole baby furniture sets in Mothercare including cot, changing table, drawers etc. But I simply couldnt afford it. So I used a bit of common sense and used a cheap desk we already had, covered the front and the drawers in a zebra fake fur, put a changing mat on top, and voila a modern funky changing table! There is room underneath for the baby box, shelves and drawer space for wipes, creams, etc. This cost me next to nothing and it looks great. Also when it is no longer needed as a changing table, I can renovate it back to haw it was and use it as a desk again! It just shows that with a bit of imagination and handiwork, you can have a just as good, if not better changing table than the ones in the shop!
My son only has a small box bedroom, and when we were decorating it and buying furniture we had to think very carefully about what we could put in there, and that it would be useful and practical. The cot we had picked was antique pine so the furniture had to match. We bought imitation pine furniture from Great Mills, comprising of a wardrobe, 2 chests of drawers and a bookshelf. With the aid of a Winnie the Pooh changing mat we utilised one of the chests of drawers as a changing table, and mounted the bookshelf on top of the other chest of drawers next to it for storage of nappies, wipes, creams etc. Now my son has a beautiful room with plenty of storage and the bookshelf can be used for books when he is older. And not only is it practical it's also safe, as all his clothes nappies etc are within reach, so I don't even have to turn around.
When I was pregnant with my 3rd child I was given a Nursery World changing table by my neighbour and what a wonderful thing it is.I have the one with the baby bath on top and it really is handy. To be honest when I had my other 2 children I always thought they where a waste of money but now I have changed my opinion. Rather than have to lift a baby bath into the sink to fill and wobble about carrying it to where you wqantes to bath baby all you have to do is roll the changer near the sink to fill then empty it through the drainage pipe. Also at a convieniant height theres no more back breaking when baby is small. There is also 3 drawers which I think is handy to keep all my baby bathing essentials,towels,vests,nappies and sleepsuits. All in all a really good buy.Priced at about £40 it is a little expensive but in my opinion it is well worth the money. There is also a changing table on top with a big comfy mat and raised sides to help baby not to fall off although adult supervision is required at all times.