Babies can be injured if they fall from a change table by wriggling or rolling off.
Before you buy a change table
When choosing a change table look for:
- safety straps to help keep your baby in place
- raised sides to prevent your baby rolling from the table
- smooth, rounded edges
- strong material that is firmly attached to the frame
- a strong stable frame so it will not collapse during use
- drawers you can reach without leaving your child
- locks that prevent an adjustable table from folding while the baby is lying on it
- gaps that may be unsafe:
- gaps 30mm - 50mm wide can trap arms or legs
- gaps between 85mm - 95mm can trap a baby's head.
Using a change table safely
- Before you start, make sure you can reach everything you need without leaving your baby alone.
- Never hang bags or clothes from a change table as this can make it unstable.
- Use the restraining strap to prevent your baby falling from the table.
- Never leave your baby on the table unattended.
- If the change table includes a bath, lift the changing surface away completely so that it can't fall on your baby in the bath.
Reporting an issue with change table safety
If you have a safety problem or concern with a change table, let us know.
Under the Consumer Guarantees Act you can get a refund, replacement or compensation if goods are unsafe. The Consumer Protection website has more information about what to do when you have a problem with goods.