Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Baby Changing Station
Changing diapers is one of the not so fun parts about having a baby, but having a good diaper changing station helps make it easier. If you have everything you need in one convenient place, it is much more efficient. Plan on changing diapers up to 10 times a day at first, during the day and in the middle of the night.
Most people have their changing table in the nursery, but due to lack of space and the fact that I use cloth diapers, I decided to have my changing station in our half bath, which I found is much more convenient, especially with cloth diapers.
I selected the Badger Basket Sleigh Style Changing Table because it was attractive, fit into the space, and had a hamper and 3 baskets/drawers included. The hamper is great because you can throw dirty clothes right in there, and it is removable for washing. The 3 drawers hold all of my diapers, and accessories.
The changing table came with a thin pad, but I decided to use the Summer Infant Contoured Changing Pad with it, because it was thicker, and contoured to make it less easy for baby to roll off. A Basic Changing Pad Cover is a nice addition because it is soft and warm on baby's skin, and easy to wash. I also use a Carters Keep Me Dry Flannel Lap Pad on top of the cover because it is easier to wash than the whole changing pad cover in case of accidents. This is especially useful for baby boys!
I also have a Shower Caddy that I hung on the wall to hold my cloth wipes, washclothes, vaseline, and olive oil (for diaper rash). My homemade disposable wipes and solution are on the sink right next to the changing table. It also just so happens that a towel bar is above the changing table, which I use to hang up clothes and toys to distract baby. With everything within reach, a diaper change is quick and easy.