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When I had my son 10 years ago, I never considered purchasing a baby changing, table. I swore I didn’t need a fancy table on which to change some poopy diapers. I’ll do what every other mom did before the invention of such tables; I will use a changing pad on the floor.
I can tell you now that crawling on the floor, even at 22 years old (oh, those were the days), can be exhausting to the back and to the knees. Now that I use a table with my daughter, I’m not sure what I ever did without one.
Since losing my job in July, just before the birth of my daughter, we were looking for a changing table that was budget-friendly; something cheap but well-built. Luckily, we found the Graco Sarah Dressing Table.
We actually found this gem on Amazon.com for a steal. Even now it’s listed for $60 on Amazon, and I think that’s still well priced. The list price is $90, according to the retailer. As a savvy shopper, I always look at the reviews and to be honest, this one had mixed reviews, so I was hesitant. One main and repeated concern was that the table was wobbly. Another were the “flimsy” shelves. We decided to give it a try because Graco was a well-known company.
|The Graco Sarah Dressing Table
Photo courtesy: Cribs.com
When it arrived, I wanted to put it together just then because I had this constant fear that I would go into labor at any moment. Keep in mind at the arrival of the changing table, it was July. I wasn’t due until October.
I was able to put the table together fairly easily, although it would have been much easier with another person. The instructions were clear and well-written and required minimal cursing during assembly.
I will tell you that the wheels at the bottom were rather difficult to attach, but they’ve not yet fallen off. We’ve used this table since our daughter was born in September and have had very little problems with it. As stated in the reviews, the table does get wobbly from time to time (we move it at least once a week to vacuum) but I take the Allen wrench that was included and tighten the screws about once a month. The shelves, states as flimsy in some reviews, are a particle board-type wood, but we’ve loaded baskets full of diapers, wipes, bibs, burping cloths and extra packs of diapers and wipes and have never had a problem with its durability. The table also comes with a waterproof changing pad. It is thin, but sufficient.
Note: The item is also available in white, cappuccino, cinnamon, cherry and espresso. It can be purchased at Babies R Us for $79.98 or from Amazon.com for $60. These are the lowest prices I was able to find. The table is part of a matching set with the Sarah Cribs, seen here on Graco’s website. These are the prices as of posting date. Prices are subject to change according to the retailers listed.