Pros and Cons of Buying Wooden Baby Change Tables

So your baby’s coming soon?

How excited you must be! I’ve been there, done that, and will never forget seeing my baby for the first time.

I also understand how undecided you are about buying nursery furniture for your baby, especially when it comes to wooden baby change tables. After all, these tables can be quite costly, so you need to get things right the first time.

To help you decide, I have listed below some of the pros and cons of buying wooden baby change tables:-

Baby Change Table

Advantages of Wooden Baby Change Tables.

1.Beauty.

When it comes to beauty, nothing compares to wood. Because it’s easy to work with, it can be shaped into different styles and designs, ranging from the simplest to the most ornate. You
can even have it customized any which way you desire.

2.Durability.

Hardwood like pine and walnut can last a long time so you can reuse it for your next children. Some of my friends even handed down their tables to their kids for their grand kids.

3.Safety.

Bubs Gallery Baby ChangetableUnlike plastics or metals, wooden baby change tables do not leach toxic substances in the air. This can ensure you that your nursery (or any room for that matter) will be safe and healthy.

4.Convenience.

One thing I love about these tables is that they’re so convenient to use. I load our Baby Change Table with all of baby’s stuff and pull or push it in the living room, bedroom, or whichever part of the house that I need to be in. That way, I don’t have to race back and forwards to the nursery just to get baby’s needs.

5.Practicality.

Yes, a baby change table is practical too. Aside from turning it into a mini storage cabinet for your baby’s clothes as he grows older, you can also use it for handy things like wipes, nappies etc.

There are so many websites that offer great tips on re purposing a baby changing table.

Disadvantages of Wooden Baby Change Tables.

1.Scratch-prone.

Wood may be a tough and durable material, but it is vulnerable to scratching. I’ve seen some tables with lots of scratches. You can remedy this by sanding those scratches out and applying a coat of non-toxic lacquer.

2.Costly.

Wooden Baby Change Tables are by no means cheap. They are usually priced at $100 upwards. You can also check out used baby changing tables if you are looking for something a little cheaper.

Beauty, durability, safety, convenience and practicality are the benefits that you can get from wooden baby change tables.

Of course, there are also a couple of disadvantages like vulnerability to scratching and costliness. But with more pros than cons, don’t you think these baby tables are still worth considering?

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Tips for Buying a Baby Change Table

In this blog post we are going to talk about a piece baby furniture that gets a lot of divided opinion, the baby change table.

Some parents think that it’s handy to have around the house because it can save the backaches.

On the other hand, some parents think that it’s a total waste of money. You can just change him on the floor, a sofa or the bed they say.

Personally, I think  that a baby changing table is one of those little luxuries that can make life a bit easier, more comfortable for your back and super convenient.

Why did you invest in a beautiful, luxurious, expensive bed when you can make do with a simple, cheaper one? Because it’s more comfortable.

Why do you use a dishwasher when you can wash dishes in the sink? Because it’s more convenient.

Small pleasures like these make mummy hood more fun and enjoyable.

But before I go on with the many pleasures in my life, I’d like to give you some tips for buying a Baby Change Table:-

Baby Change Table

Buying a Baby Change Tables

Admittedly, quality baby change tables are far from cheap. They carry price tags that range from $100 upwards, so buying one really needs careful consideration.

Below are a few tips to consider when purchasing a Baby Change Table:-

1. Change Table Safety

Of course, safety should be the first on your list of safety tips when buying any nursery furniture for baby. According to Product Safety Australia, a change table should have a device to prevent baby from rolling off. The Change Table needs to have a harness or raised edges and barriers.

It is also very important to check the changing surface for gaps or spaces that might trap baby’s little fingers, limbs or head.

baby-changing-table-harness

2. Change Table Durability

If you do your research and make an informed choice, this baby furniture can virtually last a lifetime. If you’d like to hand it down to your children’s children, you should look for change tables that are made of hardwood or other materials that have lasting qualities.

3. Change Table Sturdiness

The primary function of a Baby Change Table is to make changing your baby easier and more comfortable. That’s why you need something that has a sturdy top to ensure that it won’t topple over in case baby gets too wriggly.

4. Change Table Convenience

3 Drawer Baby Change TableThe reason why we bought a 3-Draw Change Table with wheels is to make changing more convenient.We just push or pull it to different areas of the house – our bedroom, the veranda, the kitchen, in the living room.

So when baby needs a change, we don’t have to go back and forth for diapers, wipes or clothes. The great thing is, it has drawers for easy storage! So whenever a visitor suddenly arrives, all I have to do is close the drawers.

Nobody needs to see all your baby’s things when they get a bit messy.

Of course, you can also consider a second hand baby change table that are sold in used furniture shops or on-line. Just make sure that it meets the Australian Safety Standards and have all the features to suit your baby’s needs.

Do you think a baby change table is a necessity or luxury?

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New Baby Checklist

Are you trying to find a list of baby items to help you when preparing for your new little one?

It can be daunting, there are some great New Baby Checklists out there that can help you stock everything possible you may or may not need for your nursery. There are even very comprehensive lists to help stock your new babies diaper bag.

As you expand your family the more you understand that you do not need everything on the list. At the end of the day, you really need very little from that list. Knowing the condensed version can help to reduce a lot of the baby worries.Baby Checklist

There are 6 main categories when it comes to baby needs:-

  • Bedding
  • Bottle / Breastfeeding
  • Diapering
  • Traveling
  • Bathing
  • Clothing
  • Extras

Baby Bedding

Your new baby will need their own safe sleeping environment, with appropriate bedding and a sleeping arrangement that meets the SIDS Guidelines.

  • A Sleigh Cot or a Bassinet is necessary that meets Australian Standards Guidelines.
  • Appropriate linen, sheets, blankets etc are needed depending on your bed choice.
    It is important to know the materials that you are using. Make sure that they do not increase the
    heat of your baby while in bed.
  • A breathable baby blanket is important, to ensure that your bub does not get too hot or cold.

Bottle or Breastfeeding

Depending on which baby feeding method you choose bottle or breast, you may need to purchase different things.Glass Baby Bottles

  • Breastfeeding – You will need nursing pads, burp cloth, nipple cream, and a nursing bra. If you are having trouble breastfeeding then you could use a nursing pillow or a nipple shield.
  • Bottle Feeding – You will need to purchase infant formula, enough bottles for the day approx 6 or 7, this will help to ensure you have clean bottles for each feed. You may also like to purchase a bottle sterilizer to save time.

Baby Diapering

Changing babies dirty nappies in the 1st few years is the one thing that you will never stop doing. It is a good idea to keep an adequate supply of nappies at all times, you may go through 7 or 8 disposable nappies per day with a newborn baby.

  • Cloth or disposable diapers are necessary. Cloth diapers can be washed repeatedly. Disposable nappies can be thrown away.
  • Baby wipes are essential. Not only are they helpful when it comes to changing diapers. They will also become a daily part of life helping clean up messes.
  • Diaper cream or nappy rash cream is a good idea to have on hand, because if you need it and you do not have it you will be frustrated.
  • A diaper bin is also a handy addition to your nursery. It can help keep your rooms from getting smelly.

Traveling with Baby

If you are well prepared, traveling with your baby can be an enjoyable experience. Below are some items that can make your life a little easier on the trip.

  • A Baby Car Seat is required if you plan on driving anywhere. A car seat is an essential and mandatory item when driving with your baby. It is a safety requirement to use a car seat and it must be correctly fitted and meet current safety standards.
    baby car seat
  • Baby slings can be very helpful when you are out and about. You can carry your baby in a sling/wrap and have the ability to shop hands free.
  • A well stocked organized diaper bag is critical when leaving home with your baby. The diaper or nappy bag is where you will store diapers, wipes, any food needs, spare baby clothes and anything else you may need. It is also a good place to store personal items like your wallet and phone so that you only have one bag to carry.

Baby Bathing

Bathing your baby is a very special time, there are a few essential items you may need to make bath time fun for everyone, for example:

  • Face washers are helpful for cleaning your baby. A loofah can be a fun thing to let your baby play with while you wash them.
    babybathing
  • Hooded towels are useful when drying the wriggly baby. They have a special place for the baby’s head to go and then the rest of the towel will wrap around them. However, any towel will work.
  • Use a gentle natural baby soap when giving your bubs a bath. A baby soap like ILuvBaby Goats Milk Soap is gentle on your babies skin and will not sting your little ones eyes. It has no harmful chemicals and is great for any mild skin irritations.
  • Nail clippers, or a nail file, are important things to have in the bathroom to keep babies nails well groomed. This is so they avoid scratching themselves.
  • A baby thermometer is a must, as you never know when your baby may run a temperature.

Baby Clothing

Clothing is not something most mums have to worry about because it is one of the most common gifts given. Everyone loves to buy a cute baby outfit. However, it is nice to make sure that we have a few things on hand to ensure those first few weeks go smoothly.

  • 6 or 7 singlets for quick outfit changes can be helpful. Some newborns can be spewy and it pays to be prepared.Baby Checklist
  • A baby hat is essential to keep their little heads warm. Heat escapes through their head so this is very helpful.
  • Jumpsuits are clothing items that you will use a lot. They close in the crotch, so they are easy to access for nappy changes. Babies are not fond of clothing being pulled over their heads so jumpsuits work really well.
  • A good sleep suit or baby swaddle is important to keep baby warm at night. Swaddles open in the front or side, so there is no need to wake your baby when they are asleep for a nappy change.
  • Cold nights will require a warm jacket. For the first few months it is important to keep your baby warm, so invest in a  warm jacket for those nights out.

New Baby Swaddles

Baby Extras

Below are a few baby extra’s that may make things easier, but are not essential:-Silicone Baby Bib with Crumb Catcher - Tiger

  • Lightweight blankets used for swaddling.
  • Gripe water will help with colic and gas.
  • Spare cloth nappies for nursing.
  • Rattles or small wooden toys to keep baby occupied.
  • Pacifier/Dummy
  • Baby Bib

The list of baby items can be never ending and somewhat overwhelming, it is a good idea to make 2 lists, “essentials” and “would like”.

The above New Baby Checklists are just a guide and may help to make preparing for a new baby a bit easier.


Picking Your Baby Cot – What You Need to Know

When you find out you’re going to be a parent your life changes and there are so many important decisions to make.

One of the most overwhelming feelings that every new parent will experience is the need to protect. This is an innate feeling that all people get when they are about to introduce a new baby to the world.

Along this exciting journey, you will be planning a nursery. In the nursery it is very important to have a safe sleeping place for your baby. For example, picking the right baby cot that meets current safety guidelines. There are actual safety standards for what is safe when it comes to your baby’s sleeping arrangements.

Every country has specific safety standards that are required and other standards that are suggested.

Based on this I will cover the Australian Cot Safety Standards, so that all new mums and dads can feel safe about their choice of sleeping arrangements for their new bundles of joy.

What Baby Cots Are Regulated

It is important to know the regulations that have been placed on cots for your baby. It can be comforting to know that the cot in your home is not the only one that is regulated.

  • When you drop your baby off at daycare you can be happy to know that they are required to follow all the cot regulations for each cot in their possession.
  • When you go on holiday it is comforting to know that the hotels and motels are required to follow the Australian standards.
  • One thing that every person needs to be aware of is when selling or purchasing a second hand cot, it must be within the cot regulations.

The Royal Sleigh Cot not only complies with the current safety standards it also can provide you with a sleeping space for several years to come as it converts to a toddler bed.

Picking The Right Baby Cott

What Baby Cots Are Not Regulated

It is important to note that not all baby cots/carriers that you purchase will be regulated by the same standards.

Some of the cots that may not be regulated are:-

  • Hospital grade cots
  • Space safer cots
  • Cradles
  • Bassinets
  • Folding cots
  • Carrying cots
  • Antique cots

Please Note: The above list is only a guide, some portable travel cots do meet current safety standards, but it is always important to check before purchasing.

Baby Cot Standards

It is important to know the cots standard safety requirements so that you can feel confident that your baby has a safe place to sleep. Picking The Right Baby Cot

  • Construction of the cots need to be designed so that they are unable to be tampered with by the child inside the cot.
  • Specific dimensions are required for any cot sold under these regulations. These dimensions include consideration for the depth and the spacing of the cot.
    • Edge of mattress and the structure can be no more than 20mm
    • Edge of bottom rail and floor can be no lower than 50mm
    • Spacing between slats cannot exceed 95mm or less than 50mm
    • No parts of the cot can allow the child to place their foot or toes on the cot giving them the ability to climb
    • Bottom rails can be no higher than the top of the mattress base
  • The guides that are on the cot must be firmly affixed and allow the free movement of the drop side.
  • Each cot must have a fastening system that requires two simultaneous actions to access the cot.
  • The cot cannot have any sharp edges, no part of the cot can overhang more than 5mm.
  • All of the cot must be designed so that no clothing can be caught.

The above cot standards can seem complicated and overwhelming to any new parents. However, no need to worry as there is lots of information on-line for parents to access.

It is important parent’s are aware of those cots not within safety standards. However, if you are purchasing a brand new cot, they should be marked with an information label to acknowledge that the cot has been inspected and meets current safety standards.