Before having a baby, I definitely underestimated how much time I would spend at the changing pad with him. Whether it’s a wet diaper or that dreaded blowout, it’s become more than just a touchdown space to change diapers. It’s a place for babies to lay back and reset. It’s a spot to play, giggle, and sing songs, and it becomes a central part of baby’s day.
If you’re shopping for a new changing table for your home, or as a gift for that soon-to-be parent in your life, you’ll want to make sure that it doesn’t contain harsh finishes or contribute to unclean air in the home. We’ve done all the research for you and scoured the market for this year’s best nontoxic changing tables.
Choosing a Changing Table
I’ll preface this guide by saying that a changing table isn’t an absolute necessity for new parents. When our two children were infants, we chose to place changing mats on existing dressers or console tables. This allowed us to change our babies in centrally located spots in our home, without having to purchase an entirely new piece of furniture.
If you do decide to acquire a changing table, it’s a great way to keep all of baby’s necessities handy while giving you an ergonomic spot specifically sized and oriented to change diapers. Many changing tables have shelves, cubbies, or drawers to allow for storage of extra diapers, toys, or clothes. Others have extra space on top to keep essentials like diaper rash cream, hand sanitizer, and wipes close at hand.
When shopping for a table, look for pieces made from environmentally friendly, durable materials, like sustainably sourced solid wood. Ones with nontoxic finishes are healthier for you and for baby. Many manufacturers indicate whether their furniture pieces have been tested for lead and for their contributions to clean indoor air. If you see products with a Greenguard Gold Certified label, that means they’ve been screened for thousands of chemicals that can pollute air inside the home.
Other than practical storage and safety, you’ll want to make sure you pick a changer with an aesthetic that fits well with your style, as it’s likely that this piece of furniture will be part of your home for years to come. Many changing tables come with the ability to remove the changing pad holder and transform into a bookshelf, dresser, or console table. These features give them the longevity to serve other practical purposes in the home after those diaper days are over.
Our winning lineup
After researching tables from tons of retailers, we’ve narrowed it down to our 10 favorite nontoxic changers for young families. We’ve included their approximate prices and listed them in order from least to most costly:
- Dream on Me Emily Changing Table ($80)
- Novogratz Harper White Wood Baby Open Changing Table ($187)
- DaVinci Otto Convertible Changing Table and Cubby Bookcase ($199)
- Delta Children Essex Convertible Changing Table with Drawer ($200)
- Namesake Nantucket Changing Table ($299)
- Babyletto Sprout 3-Drawer Changer Dresser with Removable Changing Tray ($499)
- Serena & Lily Nash Changing Table ($600)
- Crate & Kids Finn Wide Sage Green Wood 3-Drawer Kids Dresser with Door ($799)
- West Elm Mid-Century 3-Drawer Changing Table ($999)
- Pottery Barn Kids Weathered White Rory Dresser & Topper Set ($1,399)
All the Details on 2023’s Best Nontoxic Changing Tables
Read on for the reasons we love each of these child-safe picks for 2023.
Budget finds: Our favorites under $200
Maybe you’re looking for a changing table that will meet your basic needs without breaking your baby gear budget. Read on for three great space-saving, nontoxic tables, all under $200 in cost:
- Approximate cost: $80
- Dimensions: 36.5” long by 21.5” wide by 38.3” high
- Materials: Sustainable, renewable New Zealand pine wood and nontoxic finishes
- What you’ll love: This Dream on Me changer is simple and space saving, with two open shelves to store all your essentials. The diaper changing tray with wraparound 5.5” safety rails includes a 1” thick changing pad. It also comes with an anti-tipping tool kit.
- Approximate cost: $187
- Dimensions: 35.5” long by 18.3” wide by 36.0” high
- Materials: Solid pine wood and nontoxic finishes
- What you’ll love: The Harper changing table features a streamlined design with a classic, ladder-style bookshelf look. A simple white-wood finish meshes well with most decor preferences. Two shelves underneath the changing station are great spots to house baskets for storing messy toys. To complete the look, Novogratz sells coordinating nursery furniture pieces.
- Approximate cost: $199
- Dimensions: 33.3” long by 17.4” wide by 38.2” high
- Materials: Solid, sustainable New Zealand pine wood, Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)-compliant engineered wood, and a nontoxic painting process that’s both lead and phthalate safe
- What you’ll love: DaVinci’s Otto changing table is boasts a clean and modern design that looks great in the nursery or play area. When toys and baby gear get out of control (for us, that’s every day!), cubbies are an easy way to keep things looking organized. One of the best features of the Otto is the ability to remove the changing tray, converting the piece into a versatile bookcase for kids to use for years to come. An anti-tipping kit is included with purchase.
Mid-priced gems: Our favorites from $200 to $500
If you’re looking for a changer that has a bit more longevity, but still hoping to spend less than $500, check out these three mid-priced furniture pieces. They all add to your home’s sense of style and convert to regular shelves or dressers when the diaper days come to an end.
- Approximate cost: $200
- Dimensions: 34.3” long by 20.8” wide by 36.0” high
- Materials: Sustainable New Zealand pine wood, Rubberwood, TSCA-compliant engineered wood, and a nontoxic painting process that’s both lead and phthalate safe
- What you’ll love: The Essex convertible changing table blends beautifully with any mid-century interior styling. It features a large open shelf to stack books or line up dolls, as well as a roomy drawer for those messier essentials. The changing tray can be removed to turn this piece into an enduring bookshelf or dresser once you’re done with changing dirty diapers. Safety anchors are included with purchase. Delta Children also sells coordinating pieces to complete your nursery.
- Approximate cost: $299
- Dimensions: 37.3” long by 17.5” wide by 34” high
- Materials: Solid, sustainable New Zealand pine wood, TSCA-compliant engineered wood, and a nontoxic painting process that’s both lead and phthalate safe
- What you’ll love: If you’re looking for a changing table that doesn’t look like a changing table, you’ve come to the right place. The Nantucket changer features contrasting white painted and warm wood finishes for a modern, coastal look. With two roomy, open shelves beneath the changing area, the Nantucket has a clean console-table look that blends with any living space or with Namesake’s coordinating nursery furniture.
- Approximate cost: $499
- Dimensions: 41.5” long by 20.3” wide by 36.3” high
- Materials: Sustainable New Zealand pine wood, TSCA-compliant, medium-density fiberboard (MDF), and lead- and phthalate-safe nontoxic finishes with Greenguard Gold certification for low chemical emissions
- What you’ll love: If you need more storage space in your child’s nursery while still saving space, the Sprout changer dresser is a great choice. Three roomy drawers are just waiting to be stuffed full with diapers, wipes, and adorable onesies. The Sprout’s classic white design blends well with your other nursery pieces or with Babyletto’s coordinating crib. The removable changing tray includes a divider to keep your changing pad and diapering must-haves tidy. An anti-tipping kit comes with purchase.
High-end stunners: Our favorites over $500
Maybe you’re hoping to invest in the future when buying a changing table. These four top choices are enduring pieces of furniture to last families through the years. Just be sure to buy the changing tray toppers separately when not included with purchase.
- Approximate cost: $600
- Dimensions: 48.0” long by 19.0” wide by 34” high
- Materials: Poplar and solid cerused oak, with Greenguard Gold certification for low chemical emissions
- What you’ll love: Light and airy, the Nash changer lends functionality and sophistication to any nursery. Without the (separately sold!) changing tray attached, this table could sit in any upscale living room without anyone suspecting that it was once used for freshening those dirty diapers. It’s a bit larger than the others on our list so far, but if you’ve got the space and the budget, it’s a high-quality, enduring choice. If you’re outfitting a nursery from scratch, check out Serena & Lily’s matching crib.
- Approximate cost: $799
- Dimensions: 44.0” long by 18.0” wide by 34.0” high
- Materials: Oak and poplar wood, MDF, and plywood, with Greenguard Gold certification for low chemical emissions
- What you’ll love: The Finn wide dresser comes in a timeless sage green that’s perfect for that new baby boy or girl in your life. If you’re putting baby in a larger bedroom that you’ll expect them to use for years to come, choosing a durable dresser with space for big-kid clothes can be a smart choice for the future. The Finn has three spacious drawers and a cabinet with shelves, giving it lots of space for clothes and toys. If you’re loving this sage green tone as much as I am, Crate & Kids sells a coordinating crib, nightstand, and kids’ bed. Just don’t forget to add the brand’s changing table topper to your cart before checkout.
- Approximate cost: $999
- Dimensions: 36.0” wide by 18.0” wide by 39.0” high
- Materials: Sustainably sourced, kiln-dried solid and engineered wood, real wood veneers, and child-safe, water-based finishes, with Greenguard Gold certification for low chemical emissions
- What you’ll love: With three large drawers to stuff extra diapers, wipes, and difficult-to-organize baby gear, West Elm’s mid-century style changing table has room for all the things. It has a versatile, modern look with natural wood color finishes and clean lines. Simply remove the changing topper to use it as a dresser or console table. Safety mounting hardware is included.
- Approximate cost: $1,399
- Dimensions: 46.0” long by 20.0” wide by 33.0” high
- Materials: Solid poplar wood, spruce veneers, MDF, and hand-applied finishes with Greenguard Gold certification for low chemical emissions
- What you’ll love: The Rory dresser (with changing tray topper included) is sturdy and timeless. The weathered white-wood finish and bronze drawer pulls offer a seaside flare to its classic design. It’s simple enough for the nursery, and sophisticated enough to look beautiful in any child’s bedroom through the teenage years. A safety anchoring kit is included with purchase. If you’re really going all out to outfit your baby’s room, see Pottery Barn Kids’ matching cribs (in two styles!), kids’ bed, side table, and nightstand. If you love the weathered style but don’t need the dresser storage, check out the more streamlined Rory changing table.
The Upshot: The Best Nontoxic Changing Tables
Choosing a changing table is one of those decisions that runs the gamut on cost and longevity. You can choose a budget-friendly piece to meet your needs in the here and now, knowing it won’t be something that remains in your child’s bedroom for more than a few years. On the other hand, you can invest in long-lasting, high-quality pieces that convert to dressers or bookshelves, with the versatility to stay in a teen’s room or lounge area for years to come.
We think you can’t go wrong with the DaVinci Otto Convertible Changing Table and Cubby Bookcase, the Namesake Nantucket Changing Table, and the Pottery Barn Kids Weathered White Rory Dresser & Topper Set, among the others on our list. Whichever nontoxic changer you pick, you’re putting the needs of your precious baby first by keeping them away from harsh chemicals and unclean air.
For more help on outfitting your nursery, check out our reviews of the Nugget play couch and Hatch Rest sound machine, or our guides on choosing a glider or rocker, buying the best baby toys, and narrowing down your registry picks.