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A changing pad or changing table almost always makes it on every baby registry list. As a first-time mom, I added just about everything to my baby registry including a changing pad. In this blog post, I’m going to go over why you actually don’t need a changing pad or changing table.
5 Reasons Why You Don’t Need A Changing Pad
Before you continue, I want to let you know that I am in no way trying to persuade you not to buy a changing pad or changing table. But more so letting you know why I personally did not think a changing pad was necessary from my experience as a first-time mom.
1. You don’t have to take the chance of baby rolling off
It’s very common for babies to roll off changing tables or their changing pads. This is especially true when they start learning how to roll over as early as 3 to 4 months of age.
2. Won’t need it once baby starts learning how to roll over
Once babies learn how to roll over, you won’t even need a changing pad. There are a lot of changing pads where you can buckle them in. But you’re honestly not going to want to deal with that.
So after your baby learns how to roll over, you’re most likely going to put away your changing table or changing pad. Which means you would have essentially used it for approximately a few months.
3. Takes up space
Space is going to get very limited as your baby grows and develops. You already have the crib, dresser, rocking chair, then comes the toys, baby walkers, toy organizers, and more.
But if you were to change your baby on the floor or get a portable changing pad to change them in the middle of the bed, you won’t have to worry about losing any space.
4. Extra money that can be spent on other necessities
Changing pads and tables range in price. It can easily be as cheap as $20 and be as expensive as in the few hundreds depending on what you get.
However, you can spend that money on other baby necessities such as diapers, wipes, and other things that your baby might need as they develop.
5. Other and better alternative places to change your baby
I’ve mentioned a couple of other places to change your baby earlier and they are either on the floor or the middle of your bed. If you choose to bed-share or bring your baby on the bed to take naps or feed, I highly recommend you lower your bed. Or better yet, place the mattress on the floor.
My baby and I co-slept or bed-shared to be more specific. Read my other post about co-sleeping benefits and risks.
I hope this blog post on reasons why you don’t need a changing pad was somewhat insightful. This post was pretty short and straight to the point. But I figured I could help some mamas cut certain things off their baby list for budget purposes.