Changing babies from the side makes no sense to me, and I was really happy to find this changing table. It's sturdy, was easy to assemble and looks decent. I like the finish, however, the shelves are cheap particle board with a printed finish (unlike the frame, which is wood). Also, the cover to the pad does not fit right and the triangular division on the side makes storage a bit awkward. Take a close look at the image, as it's a pretty good depiction of what you're getting. All in all, I consider this a good buy and would recommend it.