Changing Tables: specifications, types
— Chest of drawers. In full accordance with the name, this type of changing tables resembles classic chests of drawers in design. Their main distinguishing feature is the presence of drawers. Thanks to this, chests of drawers actually combine the functions of a changing table and a voluminous bedside table and are the most versatile type. They will come in handy later, when the baby grows up and the need for swaddling disappears — in the boxes you can store not only special accessories, but also children's clothes, toys, etc. The main disadvantage of chests of drawers is a rather high price, as well as bulkiness (compared to other types). In addition, some chests of drawers are not equipped with changing mats, they must be purchased separately.
— Pelenator. A specialized type designed to be used exclusively as a changing table. Consists of a changing surface and legs for installation on the floor; additional shelves for accessories are often placed between the legs (see "Number of shelves"). This design significantly reduces weight compared to chests of drawers, and some swaddlers are foldable for easy storage (see "Optional — Foldable"). The main disadvantage of this type is a narrow specialization: swaddlers are practically not designed for use in any other role. However, this is offset by the relatively low cost.
— Booster (changing mattress). The clas...sic booster is a separate changing surface — a mattress with characteristic low sides on the sides — which does not have its own stand and is designed to be placed on a crib, a regular table, etc. This design is as simple and inexpensive as possible. Another advantage of boosters is their compactness, they are well suited for travel. However, this type is the least functional, because does not have additional equipment such as shelves, baths, etc. At the same time, there is another type of boosters — designs designed for installation on a bath: they combine a changing mattress and a bath, they can be equipped with shelves. But this option is quite rare.
Number of boxes
The number of drawers provided in the design of the changing table. Chest of drawers only have this function (see "Type"). Drawers can be used to store diaper supplies, bed linen, clothes, toys, etc. The more of these drawers, the easier it is to sort different types of things in them (for example, fresh diapers and accessories in one drawer, spare diapers and bedding in another underwear, in the third — toys, etc.). At the same time, in fact, 3-4 drawers are usually enough — for more, you will either need to greatly increase the dimensions of the chest of drawers, or greatly reduce the volume of each drawer.
Number of shelves
The number of shelves provided in the design of the changing table. They are mainly equipped with swaddlers (see "Type"); chests of drawers with shelves are rather an exception. Unlike drawers (see above), shelves are not designed for long-term storage of items — it is better to keep the same diapers in a closed drawer so that dust does not get on them. However, this feature makes life much easier: you can place all the necessary accessories on the shelves in advance so that during the swaddling process you are not distracted by searching for them all over the room.
The presence in the design of the changing table of its own bath, making bathing the baby more convenient. Often such models are equipped with additional shelves for bathing accessories and/or a water drain. However, when buying a model with a bath, note that it is recommended to bathe a child in a room specially adapted for this (bathroom or bathroom), and there should be enough space to place a table. If the bathroom is crowded, certain difficulties may arise — for example, due to the inevitable splashes and drops, and you will have to pour the bath with your own hands, removing it from the table. However, there are exceptions: some boosters are designed to be mounted directly on the bath and do not require space on the floor, and among the changing pads (see "Type") there are models that can be installed above the toilet.
The presence of a special mattress in the delivery set of the table. Such a mattress is designed for the greatest convenience of swaddling, it is made of easily washable material and is equipped with small sides on the sides, for safer placement of the child. A mattress is included in all boosters (by definition) and swaddlers, but some chests of drawers (see "Type") may be supplied without it. However, this option can also come in handy — for example, if you already have a mattress and it makes no sense to buy a second one, or if you want to pick up a mattress separately.
— Folding changing table. The presence of a folding place for changing in the design of the changing table. This feature is found predominantly in chests of drawers (see "Type"). It allows you to save space: the swaddle expands to its full size only during swaddling, providing the necessary space, and the rest of the time it is folded, without taking up unnecessary space and without creating inconvenience.
— Foldable. In this case, the folding design of the entire changing table is implied: when the table is not needed, it can be folded, thus saving space during storage and transportation, and when used, open to full size. This feature is especially important for small apartments, where there is relatively little space and keeping a non-folding table is an unaffordable luxury. The disadvantage of folding tables can be called a slightly lower strength than that of non-folding tables, but in fact this moment is almost imperceptible. Foldable design can only be fitted with swaddlers (see "Type").
— Swivel wheels. The presence of swivel wheels in the design of the changing table. It is much more convenient to move such a model over short distances (for example, within an apartment): this requires very little effort, because. the wheels themselves turn in the direction of travel. This is especially important for chests of drawers (see "Type"), which are quite...heavy.
— Wheels with locks. The presence in the design of the table of wheels with clamps. This feature greatly enhances security as in normal use, the locks lock the wheels, turning them into fixed stands and preventing accidental movement of the table. If it needs to be moved, the wheels are unlocked and the structure can be rolled. Thus, ease of movement and reliability of installation are combined.
— Table for accessories. The presence in the design of a special table for accessories. Such a table is usually a kind of stand with recesses, located at the level of the main working surface. In the recesses, you can place various changing or bath accessories — this is more convenient than putting them on shelves or in drawers, because. everything will be right at your fingertips.
— Bath drain. The presence in the design of the table of a system for draining water for the bath — usually in the form of a flexible hose connected to the drain hole. This is much more convenient than removing the entire bath and draining water from it — just lower the hose into the bath or toilet and open the drain.
— Decorated with Swarovski crystals. Rhinestones are crystals that mimic gemstones; Swarovski is one of the most famous manufacturers of such crystals. The use of Swarovski crystals in the design of the changing table does not affect its capabilities, however, it gives the design a rich appearance. Models with this design usually belong to the top class and are designed for wealthy parents who are demanding on interior design.
The material from which the changing table is made. For different types (see above), different materials are considered optimal. To date, there are such options:
— Tree. This material looks good, is pleasant to the touch and has the characteristics of strength, quite sufficient for use in changing tables. However, it is quite expensive compared to similar chipboard (see below), and therefore classic wood panels are mainly used in premium chests of drawers (see "Type"), where the appropriate appearance is of decisive importance in the first place.
— Chipboard. Chipboards are compressed sawdust impregnated with a binder. It is one of the most popular materials for the production of various furniture; among changing tables are used exclusively in chests of drawers. It costs significantly less than wood, with similar characteristics, which allows you to create inexpensive and reliable designs. At the same time, it can also be used in expensive models — in this case, an appropriate coating is used.
— Plastic. Plastic is light, cheap, allows you to easily create structures of any shape and colour, and is noticeably nicer to the touch than metal (although it loses to wood). The disadvantage of this material is its relatively low strength and tendency to crack, and therefore it is practically not used by itself — usually in combination with metal (see...below).
— Metal / plastic. Combined designs, in which the parts that are subjected to the greatest loads (usually support legs) are made of metal, and the less critical ones (like the surface under the changing mattress or shelves) are made of plastic. Thus, the main advantages of both materials are combined: metal is durable and reliable, while plastic is lighter and more pleasant to the touch. This variant is exclusively used in swaddling machines (see "Type").
— Metal/wood. Combined structures made of metal and wood. Like metal-plastic ones, they are designed to combine the advantages of two materials — in this case, metal with its strength and wood, which looks rich and pleasant to the touch. At the same time, for a number of reasons, such a combination is used very rarely and is the exception rather than the rule.
Regardless of the material, when buying a changing table, it makes sense to pay attention to its compliance with sanitary and hygienic standards and the availability of the necessary certificates.
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