When I was pregnant with my first baby, I picked up one of those lists from a nursery shop that had all the ‘essentials’ you need for your new arrival. The list was huge, which is hardly surprising given that it came from a shop selling nursery furniture. So I grilled a few friends for the ‘essential essentials’. They came up with mostly the same things, except for the change table. Advice here ranged from "You must have one, adjusted to the right height for you" (from a friend who is an occupational therapist) to "Just use a change mat on the bed or floor" (from a friend living in smallish flat).
Well, a c-section and 5kg baby later (yes, really), I can tell you that a proper change table is essential. And after four kids and seven straight years of changing nappies, I can say with certainty that the change table has been worth every cent.
The Loft change table by New York based designers Netto has all the necessary practical features with the added bonus of being a beautiful piece of furniture (as opposed to what has seen seven years of service at my house).
Significantly, the Loft has lots of easily accessible storage spots tailored for different change table necessities. A partitioned tray and narrow draw is perfectly sized for nappies while concealed shelving at the bottom is perfect for piles of wraps, blankets and other things that don’t need to be displayed. The Loft is certainly one of the best and most practical change tables I’ve seen on the market. It looks so good, you probably won’t want to part with it once you’re done with nappies… and there is no need. The Loft converts to a piece suitable for any living room (see below). You might have bottom related flashbacks when spinning a disc, but it’s great to be able to use it beyond the baby years.
The Loft is usually US$1650 but is currently on sale for US$990 at Mini Jake, who ship to Australia by arrangement.