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10/05/2013 at 19:56
I know some people think these are a waste of time but I really do not get on with changing nappies on the floor. We are going to get one but my question is can we use a 'normal' chest of drawers as opposed to a proper changing unit? We will get more use out of a unit like this http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/70242637/ in the long run. I was thinking of putting a wedge mat on top but would I need anything around the sides?
10/05/2013 at 20:00
I think the raised bit around the edge is to stop the changing mat sliding off (?) So as long you had a way of stopping that happening, should be OK I reckon.
Other option might be a cot-top changer?
I agree though, we do 99.9% of nappies upstairs on the unit as my back doesn't really like changing on the floor x
10/05/2013 at 22:57
There's a changing table attachment that fits on top of that chest of drawers for £20.
Ignore me, I was looking at another chest from the Hemnes range in the children's section. You might be able to get something to attach to the top of that chest of drawers you've linked to, or if you know someone who's good at DIY, they might be able to make one.
11/05/2013 at 02:06
We have a changing mat on top of a normal chest of drawers in both girls bedrooms and have never had a problem with the mats falling off.
11/05/2013 at 06:05
Hey C, how are you?
My friend has a changing unit which is a normal chest of drawers with the raised edge changing table on the top, what I mean by that is the changing unit can be taken off when you no longer need it and your back to a normal chest of drawers. Not sure where she got it, possibly mothercare. I know ikea have changing table 'attachments' but I'm not sure what furniture they fit with, but worth a look. That way you can have a proper changing unit with the raised sides on the top to house the changing mat and then convert it back when you want.
11/05/2013 at 07:02
We bought the leksvik I think changing unit but actually used to change him on top of our hemnes drawers which was the perfect height! This time we just have the malm 4 drawer unit in the nursery which is nice and high (we're both tall). Majority of nappies got changed downstairs last time though
11/05/2013 at 10:06
We have a changing mat on top of a normal chest of drawers, obviously not used it yet though!
11/05/2013 at 20:43
I agree with WH, we have that same hemnes drawers with a padded cot top changer on top as we already had the drawers, the height of the drawers is perfect. Its longer than a changing unit too so I've got a little basket with nappies, wipes etc on top too
11/05/2013 at 20:47
No room for drawers in baby's room here so we have bought a cot top changer. Was reduced to £25 in Mothercare.
12/05/2013 at 07:54
Rusty - may be a silly question but do cot top changers fit on pretty much any cot or are they specific? We have been given my niece's old cot and I'm not sure of the model of it to find a specific one if needed.
Pleased to hear a few others have used a normal chest of drawers - we did want the Hemnes changing unit from Ikea but it's fairly sizeable and although it would fit in the room, there would be little space left after the cot bed too.
Excitedbee - how tall are you if you don't mind me asking? I'm a shortie (5ft 1) so wondered of it may be a little too high for me to comfortably use.
Thanks for all your replies! Hi to MissDeedee - I'm keeping well thank you, hope you are doing ok too. I haven't been on much lately so need to get off and catch up!
12/05/2013 at 08:09
We bought a changing top for the chest of drawers. used it for 10 odd weeks. Then she started rolling so took it off
Cots are standard sizes. Ours is a second hand cot and the cot top changer is not part of the same range but fits on fine.
12/05/2013 at 22:49
I used a normal changing mat on top in the chest if drawers last time and plan to do this again as had no issues.
12/05/2013 at 23:03
We have a cot top changer that we bought for Zoe, as Rusty said ours is a standard Mothercare one that fits on the cot. It was brilliant in the first 6 mths but became a bit of a a pain once we were actually using the cot as had to keep taking it on and off.
13/05/2013 at 07:05
We have a changing table with quite high sides. I'd say I used it he was about 8/9 months and then used the floor as he was too big! We did use a mat on top of drawers when he was in our room, but tbh it wasn't as good. And a cot top one I couldn't imagine using in case of bad explodapoo or to be able to have everything within arms reach
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