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Old 03-06-2013, 12:49 AM   #1
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Changing table/area organization...

Okay, this may seem like a silly question...but being that I'm going to be a first time mom, I'm clueless!!!
I was curious about what everyone has on/near their changing table/changing area?? Obviously diapers, wipes, wet bags, trash, and booty sprays...but is there anything else you would suggest? I had seen one lady online had toys and books to keep baby occupied during changing, so I was just wondering what other tips experienced mamas have!
Also, we have a changing table that is completely open and I'm trying to figure out what types of baskets or other organizational things work well for others and aren't terribly annoying to have to pull out and utilize every time you change a diaper. (We have 3 cats and so we need to put things in something)

Thank you so much for taking the time to give me any suggestions you may have!

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Old 03-06-2013, 04:35 AM   #2
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Not a silly question!

I have one of those fabric bins for socks. I always hear people say they couldn't keep socks on their kids but we never had a problem. To thisday DS wears socks, he likes them!
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Oh I also have another bin that I've had to move out of reach now that he's older, but I keep all his "medical" stuff in that one. For example, saline nose spray for stuffy nose (and snot sucker), nail clippers, ointments, ear drops when he would have an ear infection, thermometer, etc
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Oh I also have another bin that I've had to move out of reach now that he's older, but I keep all his "medical" stuff in that one. For example, saline nose spray for stuffy nose (and snot sucker), nail clippers, ointments, ear drops when he would have an ear infection, thermometer, etc
Yep, pretty much the stuff you mentioned and then these kinds of things also. I didn't use cloth with DD so I have had to make more room on the top of the dresser and in the top drawers for more supplies.

Also as a side note/tip: If you have a changing pad with a cover, put something down (like a prefold or burp cloth) before changing. After getting poop on my pretty cover and needing to wash it multiple times, I finally just took it off. It was easier to just wipe down the actual pad. This time, I'm going to try to put something down before changing.
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Re: Changing table/area organization...

here is ours we will have 2 in diapers. This is just a basic pottery barn dresser. The 2 small draws on the top are for pjs, some onesies, baby legs. Each girl has there own draw. I keep the diaper pail in the bathroom.


The 2nd draw is the babies diapers. On one side it is aios--simplexes, next to those are the nb covers. -wipes in the middle some disposable liners on the other side is 24 flats already folded and ready to go.

The last draw is dd1s on one side is all the prefolds 24, then boosters and snappis, wipes. on the other side are covers and flats and rb flats.

The basket next to the dresser are bge and bg 4.0s--those are for night. In my diaper bag I have simplex aios--that also go in the basket at times.

Next sizes are in a big tubberware bin in her closet--mostly size sm covers and pfs.

Once baby is out of the nb stage I will set the draws up inot pfs flats and covers and then aios and night time diapers.

The caddy is for when baby gets here bc she will mostly be in my roow so I will put the diapers she will most likely use for that day in there and keep it in my room.














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Yep, pretty much the stuff you mentioned and then these kinds of things also. I didn't use cloth with DD so I have had to make more room on the top of the dresser and in the top drawers for more supplies.

Also as a side note/tip: If you have a changing pad with a cover, put something down (like a prefold or burp cloth) before changing. After getting poop on my pretty cover and needing to wash it multiple times, I finally just took it off. It was easier to just wipe down the actual pad. This time, I'm going to try to put something down before changing.
I was gonna say something similar to this. We have these really thick squares of cloth that someone have us. We use them on top of the pad and toss them in with the diapers. Pad covers are cute, but way too much work for us.

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Re: Changing table/area organization...

I have similar to Alison, actually a dresser with the changing pad on top. I liked the drawers better then the shelves. I'd keep everything you said, and for sure a couple outfits within arms reach just incase. I also agree to have a pf or something under babies butt so incase you don't have to take the whole changing pad off.
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I just change where ever we happen to be. Boppy on the sofa, bed, where ever. I always keep, dipes, receiving blankets and supplies in the livibg room and our bedroom.
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Re: Changing table/area organization...

My changing table has:
top: changing pad, wipe warmer, little basket with cloth wipes, fleece and sposie liners, spray bottle and books/toys
top drawer: prefolds, flat inserts
second drawer: big girl diapers
bottom drawer: newborn pocket diapers

left side cabinet: basket with newborn prefolds and covers
right side cabinet: wipe packages and replacement pad covers (newborns like to pee on the changing table when you take off the diaper - if you have these little pads on top of the regular pad, you can just change the little pad instead of the whole big changing pad cover).

We used to have the diaper pail next to the changing table, but it moved into the bathroom next to the toilet since she's a big girl and her poop gets dumped before I put the diaper in the pail.

Even after 2+ yrs, it is rare that I don't use the changing table. She is a bear to wrestle if she's not on the table. And it's so much nicer on my back not to be all hunched over on the floor.
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I just change where ever we happen to be. Boppy on the sofa, bed, where ever. I always keep, dipes, receiving blankets and supplies in the livibg room and our bedroom.
This is what I do most of the time

I do have a changing table but I use it mostly after baths so in addition to diapers and wipes I also keep lotion, powder, cotton balls, and q-tips.

One of my friends has a shelf over her changing table. She glued a mirror underneath the shelf so baby could see himself, it works wonders to keep him entertained! I've always thought that was such a neat idea. I'm really considering doing that. That is, if DH will be kind enough to put a shelf up for me
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