“What I Love” Wednesday – Changing Station
I’m a planner. I get this from my mother. We like logistics and being prepared. So after I committed to using cloth diapers, I was really concerned about how I was going to organize my changing table to accomodate them.
Sounds crazy, right?
Get back to me a month before your baby is due, when you have no CLUE how the cloth diapers are going to go down…it’s scary. But gets easy very fast!
To be honest, I’ve had lots of friends ask me about cloth diapering and everything that goes along with it.
So, this week’s topic: My Changing Station!
Here it is in all it’s loveliness:
As you can see, I have your basic dresser changing table. My changing pad is there, butt and diaper cleaning accessories, and my diaper drawer. The little caddy includes creams and a water dish on the top, cloth wipes on the bottom.
My Diapering Accessories:
1. Kissaluvs Diaper Lotion Potion to spray on a poopie butts. Since I use cloth wipes, I use this spray to get the sticky/stinky stuff. I spray it on the wipe or directly on the butt.
2. BumGenius Odor Remover to spray on poopie diapers. To be honest, you can probably live without this. But I think it helps get stains out of the diapers while keeping the stink at bay. So for poop, I use a squirt of this before throwing the diaper in the pail.
3. Water dish. You can’t see it, but there is a small bowl in the top shelf of the little caddy. I dip my cloth wipes in there before attacking a stinky butt. Only dip once though! Otherwise you contaminate your water.
4. Hand sanitizer. Let’s be honest…are you really going to be able to wash your hands every time you change a diaper? If you are holding your baby, probably not. So, if you aren’t covered in poo, a squirt of this is OK from time to time. But, of course, hand washing after diaper changes is very important.
5. Baby Lotion. I use Aveeno Baby Calming Comfort Lotion in Lavender & Vanilla. I like to use it on Ethan after baths and/or right before bed. He gets some dry patches on his legs and tummy, and this lotion makes them go away while calming little man before he goes to sleep.
6. Diaper rash cream. Yes, diaper rash still comes up from time to time even with cloth diapers. For the first 4.5 months, Ethan had at least a little poop in EVERY diaper. It never stopped. Therefore, he would have little bouts of redness every couple weeks or so. At first I used regular creams, but quickly got sick of using flannel barriers to keep the cream from touching the diaper (it makes them water proof—not good!). So I bought some Northern Essence cloth diaper rash cream. It works like a charm and smells great! And no worrying about it hurting my diapers.
7. Cloth Wipes. I figured since I was washing diapers anyway, I might as well wash wipes too! There are a million wipes out there…I’m sure they are all great. If I owned a sewing machine (and knew how to use it) I would have just made some. I have some BumGenius Flannel Baby Wipes and they work just fine. Or you can check out my blog friend Amber Liddle’s very cute Etsy shop for some uber-cute handmade wipes!
And, VERY important, here is my hamper:
As you can see, I did not get the Cotton Babies diaper pail. Not only is their pail very unattractive, but it’s short and wide…not an easy thing to fit in your nursery. The main features you need in a pail include a vented lid and a carbon filter holder. So my swing top SimpleHuman trash can from Bed Bath and Beyond works just fine! I poked some holes in a zip lock bag, inserted the carbon filter, and taped it to the botton of the swing top. The hamper fits perfectly between the wall and the dresser, plus it looks nice.
Note: This is a DRY pail. There is no water included. Just a pail liner that goes in the wash with the diapers every other day or so. I have two liners so one can be in the wash while one is in the pail.
One more note: If you have a toddler or dog that may get into the diaper pail (I’ve read some pretty awful stories about this!) and need the top to lock, just make sure there is some way to vent the pail.
No Air + Stinky Diapers = PROBLEMS
I think that’s it!
I know, I know, it sounds like a lot.
But once you start doing it, it’s actually fun! And worth the learning curve. Just be sure to register for your diapers so you get some for baby shower gifts. Get what you can and then slowly build your stash over time. I have about 30 and I’m able to keep up with the laundry with no problem.
Share your cloth diapers tricks with me! And post a link to pictures of your station…it’s so helpful for cloth newbies!