I have seen a lot of mothers try to spare the expense of getting a special table to change their babies on. Many of them figure that it is a needless expense, especially if they are on a tight budget and are looking for a way to spare a few dollars. After all, it is expensive getting set up for a baby and nobody can argue with that!
In every case I have seen the mother change her mind and decide to get one later on. It is simply unreal for a pregnant mother who is having her first child to understand exactly how many times the baby will need to be changed. Babies do what they have to do, and then do it some more. It’s just a fact of life.
The usual sequence of events goes something like this. The mother finds a place to change the baby, usually on her bed, and then ends up with a sore back. It can take some time to change a diaper and make sure that the baby is completely clean. Quite often the baby will need a complete change of clothes along with the diaper change as well. She then decides to find the money somewhere to get a table.
Baby changing tables spare a mother’s back. The last thing a mother needs after she’s fresh out of the hospital from having a baby is a sore back to deal with. Usually she is still suffering from the birth itself and is running on total exhaustion.
Both the baby and the mother deserve to get a changing table. This piece of furniture brings the baby up closer to the mother so that she can make the change and interact with her baby all at the same time. There is a special bonding time that happens when the baby is getting changed and the mother can look down at it and calm the baby with her soothing voice.
Baby changing tables are as important to get as a crib, in my opinion. A mother doesn’t need to do backbreaking changes when she is in recovery mode herself. It is a necessary expense that needs to be added as a necessity for the nursery.