We lab test and review the latest change tables to help you find the best for you and your baby. Our change table buying guide will help you decide which type you need, and how we test explains our testing rigour.
Our change table test covers all sorts of tables. A change table should be stable, sturdy, and designed to prevent falls, and should also be free from hazards like sharp edges or finger traps.
Although there are no current Australian standards for change tables, our experts know what to look for and base test procedures on existing standards for similar children's products such as cots. We also look at the American standard for baby changing tables, ASTM 2388. Our tests reveal:
Our interactive comparison tool helps you find out which brands passed all our key safety tests. Our Recommended list will help you see quickly which models come out on top.
List of brands we tested in this review.
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Our Recommended models meet all our key safety requirements and score at least 80%. Some lower-scoring models may still be worth considering if they meet all key safety requirements, but fail some minor points (such as finger entrapment). Models we don't recommend fail at least one major safety requirement.
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Based on our in-house safety performance test method.
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There is no Australian Standard for baby change tables. Our test method is based on relevant clauses from Australian Standards for nursery furniture such as for cots, and from the American standard for baby changing tables, ASTM F 2388.
We test for:
Stability We apply about 20kg of downward force to the edge of the table to see if it tilts or tips over.
Strength of construction We put a 50kg mass in the centre of the changing surface for 60 seconds and check for any damage to the table.
Roll-off protection (whether the table will prevent a baby rolling or sliding from the change surface). The table is tilted sideways at 15° and a 15kg test cylinder is placed at the upper edge of the changing surface and released. If it rolls off the bottom edge, the table fails.
Sharp edges and protrusions Any edges or points that could injure a child on the table are noted.
Finger and limb traps Any gaps or holes that could trap a small finger or limb are tested with a set of special probes.
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A Similar model is identical in most aspects except for a few. This means that a majority of its test results are identical so you can reasonably expect to get the same results from the model we tested, but for those aspects which aren't identical, we'll note these as "Not Tested" in the Compare tables.
A Tested model refers to a model that is still current and available in the Australian market. You should be able to order this model through your local retailer, or find it online.
These models can't be found in retailers or online or are no longer manufactured. You may still find these models on second hand websites, or in second hand dealers. Test methods may change over time, so criteria which can't be directly compared will contain an N/A.
An Identical model is exactly that. Performance characteristics will be identical and the only difference will be something trivial such as colour, which won't have an impact on performance.
These are models we haven't yet tested but that are available.