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The Next Step In Changing Tables?

By Jaime Morrison Curtis |

Hmm. What do you think ladies? Would life be easier if your child could climb stairs to reach the changing table? $700 easier? Or maybe at this point, potty training is in order? You tell me. Find out the scoop on walk up changing tables and where to buy ‘em after the jump…

Featuring a stairway for little legs to climb, walk up changing tables eliminate the need to lift your tot before switching out a dirty diaper. Yet they don’t eliminate the need to actually change a diaper. For $700, I feel like they should come with an automatic wiping feature, no?  This one is made by Tot Mate and can be found at

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About Jaime Morrison Curtis


Jaime Morrison Curtis

Jaime Morrison Curtis is author of the book Prudent Advice: Lessons for My Baby Daughter (A Life List for Every Woman), founding editor at Prudent Baby, LA Kids Editor at DailyCandy, and mother to three-year-old Scarlet Jane. Read bio and latest posts → Read Jaime's latest posts →

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0 thoughts on “The Next Step In Changing Tables?

  1. Katie says:

    are you serious?!

  2. Brittany says:

    That is actually a common changer for daycares

  3. Julie Anita says:

    This pregnant toddler teacher would LOVE to have this in my classroom. And how many children do you know who are potty-trained before they can climb a small staircase? Kids come into my room at 15 months and quickly learn to manage the small steps going up to our loft (with supervision).

    That said, I would probably not want this in my home because of the risk a momentarily unsupervised child would take it as an invitation to higher ground!

  4. Bonnie says:

    Maybe if you were pregnant with a toddler this would be a good idea. Or in a day care lifting child after child to change diapers. It seems a little over the top for the average family though!

  5. Tina says:

    Before I spend $700 on that I would resort to using the good old floor!!!

  6. Wendy says:

    Yeah, they had these at my daughter’s pre-school as well. I think it’s to save the poor teachers’ backs. Some of those kids are huge! But for home? I think not.

  7. Tabitha27 says:

    Maybe stupid for at your home, but I worked at a daycare in the 2 year old room. Those kids are not yet potty trained and some weigh over 30 pounds! We had the stairs at the diaper changing station and I’ll tell you what, it was a Godsend! I probably would have thrown out my back lifting 5 kids 4 times a day onto the changer. Needless to say, I think it is wonderful!

  8. kp says:

    Well, obviously, the price is ridiculous. BUT, having been pregnant and on “bed rest” while also caring for toddlers twice now, I can totally see the awesomeness of this product. Though I must say, the couch and kitchen table (don’t worry; i sanitized) work just fine, too.

  9. Christy says:

    This is the stupidest thing I have ever seen. I haven’t read this article but I would not waste my money on a changing table for a child that could walk. My child started fighting diaper changes before he could walk, and by the time he COULD walk he was so strong and quick that only my husband could have protected him from being injured on a changing table. Also, by the time most kids can walk, they have outgrown the general weight limits for changing tables. So, as I said, unless this thing comes with a giant poundage number and serious restraints, I wouldn’t give away a single dollar for it. I think it’s kind of…stupid. If a kid can climb stairs to get on a changing table, they can probably climb up onto a couch or futon or similar piece of furniture to have a diaper change. I don’t see how the changing table makes it easier on anyone’s back – for me it was always easier to just change my kid on the floor. Bending over a changing table hurt worse than just getting in the floor with him. Why not just let the child climb in a chair onto a normal, large table instead? LMAO!

  10. KCon says:

    As an infant/toddler teacher, this is such a lifesaver!!! We have a similar model from Kaplan. It is so much more fun to ask “Do you want to climb the steps?” instead of “Do you want to get your diaper changed?”. Many children are not fully diaper changed when they leave my class at three years old and there is no way I could lift 30 pound children multiple times a day. It is at such a comfortable height that it really does save the back. I wouldn’t see the need for it in a home, but it is wonderful for a childcare center or school.

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