Apart from the sleeping and eating, babies do a lot of peeing and pooping. Hence, we end up spending a lot of our time changing their diapers. If your child is wriggly and impatient like mine, it’s worth thinking about how to set up an efficient ‘work’ space for a more seamless and tantrum-free diaper changing experience.
Here’s how I did mine on a budget:
1. Repurpose a dresser
Instead of purchasing a changing table, I repurposed the top of my three-drawer dresser into a changing station and used the top drawer to corral all my diaper changing necessities. This helps keep the clutter out of sight when I am not changing diapers. Secondly, this solution allows the changing table to evolve with my baby. As he outgrows the changing table, I can easily move the items for diaper changing out and use the dresser to house all his age-appropriate clothes till he is 18!
2. Use drawer dividers
Categorise the items into the following:
- Diapers or cloth nappies
- Wet wipes
- Bottles (nappy rash cream, baby oil, cotton balls, cotton buds)
- Toys (for distracting the baby)
- Extra clothes
Try to keep this list as lean as possible so as not to overwhelm the changing station with too many items. Also, store frequently accessed items in containers without lids.
3. Create a filing system
Fold baby clothes, napkins and cloth nappies flat and line it upright against each other within the drawer dividers making sure to place the fold facing upwards. It makes it easier to grab one without messing up the rest.
4. Gift basket that keeps on giving
If you have a spare gift basket lying around the house, use it to house all the items you frequently access such as baby lotion, nappy rash cream and cotton balls. It helps hide all the clutter and makes the dresser cum changing table a whole lot prettier.
5. Opt for hands-free diaper bin
Choose a bin that has a step mechanism because when changing diapers, you only have one hand free to do everything, from wiping his bum to throwing the diaper away. Place it right next to the changing station for easy access.
6. Establish multiple stations
My son spends his waking hours in the living room so I’ve placed a caddy of diaper changing supplies there as well.
You could purchase a simple plastic storage box (RM3 at my local DIY shop) and fill it with:
- Nappy rash cream
- Cotton balls
- Wet wipes
- Foldable changing mate
- Small container (to hold loose items like nappy rash cream and cotton balls)
I hope these tips are helpful. If you have tried any other tricks to effectively organise your changing table, I’d love to hear from you.
Wei Yenn was a PR Consultant before trading it for a career in education. A mother to a music-loving toddler, her most influential teacher is her son.
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