How to Stock Your Changing Table For Quick and Easy Diaper Changes
"Cherish every moment" is a common refrain given to new parents those early months with a new baby at home. But you know what moments don't need to be cherished or soaked in? Diaper changes. When it comes to a wet or soiled diaper, you want to get in and get out unscathed. The easiest way to do that is with a well-stocked diaper-changing station. Having everything you need at your fingertips means faster changes, so you can get back to savoring the sweet baby moments again.
A Wipeable Changing Pad
What's the one thing you're not going to want to do after you clean a messy diaper? Clean a messy changing pad. This cushioned changing pad ($129) is ideal for those early newborn days. It comes with a strap to help secure your baby, while the easy-to-wipe surface means any impromptu accidents are quick to clean.
Nothing, I repeat nothing, is as chaotic as holding your baby's legs up with one hand while frantically trying to find a diaper with the other. Keep all the necessary supplies prepped and at the ready with acrylic storage containers ($59). Because they're see through, you can see where everything is at a glance. No digging though drawers for you!
Obviously, the number-one must have for any changing table is a healthy stock of diapers. I recommend Pampers Swaddlers ($9) for their durability and comfort and the fact that they're the number-one choice of hospitals*. Plus, the wetness indicator on the front of the diaper makes checking your baby's diaper a breeze. New parents, rejoice!
Refillable Wipes Container
Second to diapers, you're always going to need a stock of baby wipes on hand. While some wipes come in their own plastic dispenser, I find it more economical to stock up on my Pampers Sensitive refillable wipes packs ($20) that you can insert into your own diaper wipes dispenser ($16). Keep this next to your changing table, and just refill when you're running low for easy diaper changes!
Easy-to-Pump Diaper Cream
It's a good idea to use a diaper cream after every change to keep your baby's bottom soft and hydrated. Problem is most creams come in jars, and application can be a messy disaster. Try getting a diaper change cleanser ($15) that comes in a pump bottle. That way you can pump product onto a cotton pad and apply one-handed. Easy-breezy!
You may be prepared for every diaper change, but an uncooperative baby can really put a wrench in your routine. Have a toy on hand to occupy baby while you're doing your thing. For newborns, try installing a baby mobile ($55) over the changing table instead of over the crib to keep them entertained.