When preparing for a baby and setting up a baby nursery, one of the things you need to set up is a changing table. The perfect changing table has a changing pad, Changing Pad Covers, a diaper station, and other necessities. Below we list what you need in a changing station and how to set up a changing table.
What you Need in a Changing Station
If you’re going to have a changing station then you’re going to need diapers to well…change the baby into. It doesn’t have to be only disposable diapers, you could use cloth diapers, or napkins or other types of poop holding materials used around the world. When setting up your changing table, take them out of their packaging and stack them up neatly in an easily accessible place that you hand can reach during changing. It just makes things easier.
You are going to need changing pad covers and extra changing pad covers in your changing station. The covers are there to serve as layering over the changing pad (like little bed sheets) and they should be washed frequently. This is why you need extra ones stashed away in your station.
It’s advisable to buy wipes in bulk as you will go through them quickly and they tend to run out when you need them the most. Like diapers, they should be within arms reach in your changing station.
This could range from your basic diaper ointment or oils, to any special creams recommended by your pediatrician for diaper rash. Stock up on all the creams, oils and ointments you need or might need.
This could be pacifiers, or other soothers like teether or toys. This should help keep your baby distracted during changing so you can focus on the task at hand and get all that poop outta there.
A Diaper Trash Can
You need a trashcan situated at the changing station for collecting dirty diapers. There are ones made specially for diapers and have an odor-sealing contraption to keep the rest of the house safe from lil ol poop odor. Foot-pedal trash cans are best because you can keep both hands on your wriggler at all times.
You should have a couple of bodysuits at your changing station because a time will come where you have to change your babies clothes too because lil ol poop got to their clothes too.
It’s always better to wash your hands but if you can’t a hand sanitizer will come in handy. Use it before and after changing. Keep it out of reach of your baby’s exploring hands at all times.
First Aid Kit
The changing station is also the perfect place to take care of some other basic baby business, from nail-clipping to temperature-taking to giving your tot a dose of their medication
How to Set up a Functional Baby Changing Station
Choosing the Right Furniture
When setting up a changing station, make sure you choose the right furniture such as the Baby Changing Table (which is the most important). Make sure the changing table is the right height for you and has enough storage. If the changing table is too short, it’ll cause you to constantly lean over which will be bad for your back. Also when the table has storage, you can be able to stock up with all the essentials.
You could also get a dresser to use as a changing table. You just place the changing pad on top and place a cady on top of the dresser for storing supplies that can be easily accessible while changing the baby. Also choosing a dresser increases the storage space in the nursery and gives you a greater variety of heights to choose from. When buying a dresser for your nursery, test out different shapes and heights to know which one is right for you and also right for your baby nursery.
Storage and Organization
As already mentioned several times above, when it comes to how to set up a changing table, one of the most important thing is to make sure that everything has a place and to have enough storage that’s easily accessible. This makes it easier to change diapers. It can also help you stay organized when your baby needs their diaper changed many times in one day. Stock extra diapers and wipes in baskets on the shelves underneath the changing table or in drawers. Keep an eye on the supply so you don’t run out unexpectedly and get stranded in the middle of the night. Be sure to restock before you’re close to running low. You can also try unconventional storage tactics like having storage above the changing table. It’s easy to reach and it keeps supplies out of the reach and grasp of your baby while you change them.
Stock the Station with all Essentials
I already mentioned above the list of things you need in a changing station. Be sure you have plenty of these items (i.e diapers, wipes, diaper creams, oils, pacifiers, changing pad covers, onesies etc). Also, store up diapers that are different sizes because babies grow quickly and you need to move up the size chart pretty quickly. In addition, keep a diaper trash nearby and if you can get odor proof ones, even better.
Set up Mini-Changing Stations around the House
Depending on where your main changing station is at home, setting up mini-stations in other rooms can make your life easier. This is especially true for babies who still need midnight feedings. If you bring your baby back to your room for feeding, have a changing pad with extra diapers and wipes so you don’t have to travel back to the nursery for a quick change. Additionally, a portable changing mat in your living room or playroom makes it easier to change diapers during playtime. Stash a tub of diapers and wipes behind the couch so you don’t have to get up when you’re in the living room and also stash some in the car too.
Hopefully, these tips help make your life a little easier and help the process of changing diapers repeatedly for the first couple of years somewhat fun. Remember, changing your baby is a good bonding experience for you and the baby.