Do You Need a Changing Table? No, you don’t necessarily need a formal changing table. (Which is why we’ve included other options in this guide.) You can easily repurpose a dresser into a changing table by adding a changing pad on top. Some parents use the changer option that comes with their portable Playard, while others just use an on-the-go pad (many come included with your diaper bag) on the bed, couch or floor.
The best changing table for a baby’s room is one that doubles its duty: It needs to accommodate a baby up top, and also provide storage down below. If there’s a mix of storage options—like drawers for clothing and bedding, and open shelving for easy access to diapers and creams—even better!