Want to ease the strain of changing diapers on a squirmy, (sometimes uncooperative) baby? Do so with these 16 changing table essentials.
Okay, mamas, let's establish what changing table essentials we need in our arsenal when facing inevitable, daily, diaper changing battles!
When it comes to the never-ending battle of the diapers vs. the resistant, squirmy baby, we can arm ourselves to achieve SWEET VICTORY!
A well-equipped diaper changing station will keep you prepared for any unexpected mishaps that are sure to occur at any moment. Things such as urination mid diaper change, poo poo explosions, unforeseen diaper rash, stinky booty, and soiled items that need disposing of, can (and will) happen without notice.
My diaper changing station includes all of these items, and I could NOT imagine one day without any of them as I juggle a toddler and an infant.
Let me show you the supplies that can't be sacrificed when setting up your diaper changing station.
Changing Table Essentials:
1. Diaper Changing Table
A diaper changing table is the central component of your diaper changing station.
Everything else you need to make your station functional and efficient will center around the changing table.
It will house all the additional supplies you need and support the baby when it's changing time.
2. Changing Pad and 3. Cover
You will need to place a changing pad with a cover on top of the changing table. The changing pad will provide a softer, more comfortable surface for your baby (or toddler) to lie on during diaper changes.
The cover will go over the changing pad, providing additional comfort to the baby and providing the changing pad with some protection against future accidents.
4. Changing Pad Liner
Keeping a waterproof liner on top of your changing pad will help provide an extra layer of protection during diaper changes in case of an accident.
One of the most obvious changing table essentials - diapers! You will want them conveniently located on either the top shelf of the changing table or in a caddy hanging off the side of the table.
I use both the shelf and the caddy. I fit what I can on the shelf and put any leftover diapers inside the caddy.
6. Baby Wipes
Baby wipes are the yin to the yang of baby diapers. You can’t have one without the other.
Keep both items centrally located on the top shelf of your changing table for easy accessibility during diaper changes.
7. Wipe Warmer
Using a wipe warmer can reduce some of your baby’s fussiness and discomfort during diaper changes since they’ll have a nice warm, mildly-damp wipe caressing their bum instead of an unexpectedly cold, wet wipe stroking across their bum.
I noticed both my babies were much more comfortable when it came to dealing with warm wipes instead of cold.
8. Diaper Rash Cream
Your baby is likely to experience occasional diaper rash.
Keep a tube in your diaper changing station so it’s ready and available whenever you may need it.
9. Baby Powder
Baby powder is soft on baby’s skin, helps absorb excess moisture, and best of all, it provides some extra freshness.
Freshen up baby’s booty between changes with a nice sprinkle of baby powder.
10. Cotton Storage Bins
I find it very useful to keep my babies’ diapers inside flexible, collapsible boxes on the top shelf, which allows me to keep the diapers separated since I’m working with two different sizes and prevents them from getting scattered about the table.
11. Small Cloth Hamper
You can use this as a little toy box to access quickly and easily to give older, more wiggly, and curious babies something to occupy themselves with so they (hopefully) spend less time squirming all over the table trying to grab things randomly.
I keep miscellaneous small toys and a baby comb and brush in mine so that my toddler can have a toy to entertain himself with while he’s getting changed, and if we’re going out, I can easily fetch a comb or brush to fix his hair after he’s changed.
12. Collapsible Hampers
One or two small collapsible hampers on the bottom shelf will make it easy to store soiled clothes.
I keep two of these on the bottom shelf.
One is for soiled clothes from pees and poops. The other is for clothes that need to be stored separately due to spills or sweats or anything unrelated to bodily waste.
13. Hanging Diaper Caddy Organizer
For better organization of miscellaneous items such as hygiene products or loose individual items such as unpackaged diapers, use a caddy to store the items and conveniently hang them from the side of your changing table.
You can store your baby powder, diaper rash cream, wipes, extra diapers, backup changing pad cover, and liners in your hanging diaper caddy.
14. Diaper Genie and 15. Refill Bags
Eventually, I realized that this was not going to work for me.
I was so tired of smelling an overwhelming aroma of poopy baby butt in the air. I just could not deal with another second of life without a diaper genie.
A diaper genie works wonders for extinguishing dirty diaper funk. It’s right in the changing station, it can hold an abundance of diapers, and it traps all the foul odors associated with dirty diapers within the receptacle.
Having some air freshener on hand is nice after messy diaper changes, even if you have a diaper genie.
There may be soiled clothes lying around for a short time, causing additional odors or just an unpleasant smelling diaper experience.
A little mist of Febreze will help give a burst of pleasantly scented freshness in the air.
With these items, you will have a well-stocked and prepared diaper changing station for handling any situation that may arise while handling diaper changes.
I have all these in mine, and lacking even just one of them would make my diaper changing station so much less functional and efficient.