From safety standards to technical characteristics, through price and options, here is a guide to help you find your way around the purchase
One of the accessories that you buy when a baby is about to arrive is the changing table. They come in all shapes and forms: with drawers, with built-in tray, in plastic, metal or wood.
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How to choose the changing table
Buying one model rather than another depends a lot on your needs and on the characteristics of the house in which the product will be placed.
However, there are some criteria to take into consideration to make one safe choice. Elena Fontana and Gianpaolo Mensa, respectively Project Manager Consumer Product and Business Unit Manager Consumer Product of TÜV Italia, one of the largest certification bodies in the world, illustrated them to us.
1. Establish your budget
On average the price of a changing table ranges from approx 60 euros to over 200 and there are models that even touch one thousand euros. To save money, there are also those who buy only the pillow (around 18-30 euros) and place it on a table.
Pay attention only to the height of the piece of furniture on which you will place it: it must be high enough to allow you not to bend too much when changing, thus saving you annoying back pain.
2. Check the safety of the product
Check that all the information is shown on the label: «Check that there is the name and address of the manufacturer or his representative, who must reside in a country of the European Union; the “Made in” and a lot number or identification number. In addition, the reference to the applicable European standard, the “EN 12221-1”, Which specifies the safety requirements for household changing tables for babies weighing up to 15 kg. An important information especially if you are buying the product online ».
The European standard
“It is mandatory for the manufacturer to declare that the product complies with the European standard EN 12221-1 and it is also important to consider that the aforementioned standard only covers the function of the product as a changing table”.
Therefore, if the changing table can be transformed or used with another function, it must comply with the relevant standards (e.g. those for mobile cots, etc.).
3. Check the technical characteristics
«We suggest avoiding those products that give off odors deriving from paints or chemicals. And if it is possible to touch them, check that there are no sharp edges or sharp edges, potentially dangerous aspects ».
«Our advice is to carefully check both the technical and safety features we mentioned earlier, in addition to the presence of all the information, from warnings to the presence of the assembly and use instructions of the changing table. The presence of these characteristics, in addition to the spending budget available to the buyer and the physical space available at home, are the variables to keep in mind in order to make the best choice ».
The site to check
“Before making a purchase, visit the Rapex website, the European rapid alert system: any non-compliant items are listed with an indication of the manufacturer, distributor, commercial brand, as well as the problem encountered and the related risk”.
4. Decide on size and location
Consider the size of the room where the changing table will be placed and choose a suitable product. For convenience, it can be useful to place it in the bathroom, because it is closer to the sink that will be used often during the change. If there is little space, however, you can opt for a wall-mounted changing table or to attach to the tub.
5. Practicality and optional
The changing table must be practical and structured to allow you to keep all the essential accessories for changing at hand (creams, changes, diapers, etc.).
Then evaluate the options: there are changing tables with built-in tub or those that can be closed, but also those that have a chest of drawers underneath.
Safety tips when changing
A bad fall from the changing table can have serious repercussions on a baby’s health. And sometimes it really takes a moment of distraction to make the worst happen.
“Taking the right precautions is a must in these …