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My Solution To The Issue!

 

In today’s article we will be discussing the different types of changing table stations that are available today. Well not just ones that are available but also that you can create yourself. How can I (you are probably thinking), I don’t know how to build anything? Sometimes it doesn’t take you actually building from scratch to get a changing table that will work for your living situation or environment.

I will give you ideas and you can run with them from there. In this article I will be showing you pre made changing tables, giving you custom table ideas, how the two can be two can be used together, and finally more DIY stations. Personally I love creating a DIY station because it can be designed to fit my own person needs.

Now there is nothing wrong with a premade or ready-made station because you can always add something to make it personal. With these you already have the basic building blocks to work with.

So let’s jump into our first station- the ready-made.

 

Ready Made    

As I stated earlier with these you already have your basic building blocks. Most have a changing pad on top with low rails all around. They usually will have 2 open shelves below.

Here is where you can get creative! You can add small labeled baskets to hold your cloth diapers and then another for all your accessories. Of course, you will need wipes, home made wipe solution in a spray bottle, and fasteners. You will be able to keep a diaper wet bag and diaper pail by the station if that is your choice.

Some people choose to keep one by the station and one in the bathroom so when they have to rinse the poop diapers they will have something to transport them to the container in the nursery.

I have provided a picture of a ready-made changing table.

Now we will discuss your custom table ideas.

 

Custom Creations          

I have already given you one idea but here is another.

Now let’s talk about a dresser. This is a piece of furniture that can be painted or stained to match the nursery theme. But of course if you would rather, you could just leave it the natural wood color. For example, I have seen some that have the theme for their nursery “Toy Story”. They will remove the knobs and replace them so they match them. That is a very cute idea!! Another idea is listed below.

At the baby shower have all the participates write little notes with special permanent markers that wouldn’t wash out. Or draw a picture that has a special meaning. The notes and drawings would become keepsakes for Mom and baby. Of course, these could be sayings of how much the baby is loved before he/she is born. These notes and drawings could then be painted onto a dresser as a permanent memory that Mom and the entire family can treasure forever.

Now for the next idea of how we can combine our ready-made tables and our custom ideas.

 

Combo Ideas         

One combo idea is to have a changing pad just simply placed on top of the dresser. Then in the drawers you can store cloth diapers. In one of the drawers you can place extra blankets and thin changing pads. On top of the dresser you keep a portable diaper caddy that will have all the small accessories like fasteners, cream, and hand sanitizer. Be sure you have a small toy to occupy the child while you change the cloth diaper. This can all be kept in the nursery while you have you’re main changing area in another part of the house.

Having the supplies in a portable diaper caddy will allow you to take them from room to room. You can even keep a thin changing pad to use in the caddy. This way if the baby is in the living room and needs to be changed out of an only wet diaper you may do so. Of course, if it’s poop you will need to change in or near the bathroom or the water source.
For our final topic today, we will be looking at my personal fav the DIY section.

 

DIY      

This is a very interesting and enjoyable section for me personally. Now it’s not that I’m a creative person but it’s that like I stated before you can fix the piece so that it fits you, the nursery, and the baby. I have seen people do amazing things in this group. When you let your imagination run wild, you never know what you will come up with.

People have taken an armoire which is a beautiful piece of furniture. When the doors are closed it is a tall cupboard or wardrobe sitting in the room. But when you open the doors there is a changing that is about at waist height. Then, just below that are two long drawers that hold the diapers and accessories. On the inside of each door are hooks, which can hold outfits if needed to change the child. You could place hooks also inside along the back wall to hold small toys to help entertain the child while you are changing them.

You can have a dresser with a changing pad placed on top. Then the drawers can be used to store the prepared cloth diapers. In another drawer you can store the accessories in small boxes or dividers that are within the drawers to help organize everything so it is easy to find. This will look very neat and orderly in the nursery.

Conclusion

I will review the major points we talked about today.

Ready Made

  • Basic building blocks
  • 2 open shelves

Custom Creations

  • Toy story theme
  • Memory notes

Combo Ideas

  • Thin changing pads
  • Diaper caddy

DIY

  • Armoire
  • Re purpose furniture

 

 

 

If you have any questions or need a hand, feel free to leave a comment below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

 

All the Best,

 

Elaine Smith

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4 Ways To Store Cloth Diapers

 

There are many unique ways to store cloth diapers. In this article we will be discussing in detail 4 different ways I have found. They are:

  • Open Shelving
  • Wire Baskets/Shelf
  • Drawers/baskets
  • Shoe Organizer

I will be going into more detail on each below. With all these options you will also need fasteners, a spray bottle with pre made wipe solution, and a container for cloth wipes.
Some people have used just one of these storage ideas and then I have seen others that have gotten very creative and have combined two or maybe even all of these ideas into one masterpiece.

Remember you are the creator of your baby’s nursery and the sky is the limit. You are the one that will be changing your child so you design what will work best for your space, your style, and your needs.
So let’s get started without first topic- Open shelving.

 

Open Shelving               

Now I have seen so many uses with this.

To begin with, you can simple use a bookcase and use the open shelves to store your diaper in. This can be an effective way but there are other people that prefer to have things more organized. Here you would simple stack your pre-stuffed and ready for use diapers. You will also want a container to keep your fasteners in. Then another container to keep the clean cloths in. You will need a spray bottle to keep pre made wipe solution in.

Let me give you more ideas that fall under Open shelving.

 

I have seen people either line or stack wooden crates along a wall. This will give you a smaller area so that if you want to order your diapers by color, design, use, time of day, etc. you may do so. If that doesn’t appeal to you, doesn’t appeal to you then I have one more I idea in this category. You can then place the accessories above the crates.

Lightweight and ecofriendly storage cubes that can be hung on the wall. These come in many different colors so you can find one that will blend or match with the theme of the nursery. For example, you can put one long block in the middle and short blocks above and below. That way you will have you small “shelves” on either side to place your accessories.

Open shelving is very convenient and easy because then you can see in just a glance what you need and when it is located.

 

Now for our next group, Wire baskets/Shelf.

Wire Baskets/Shelf

       

This is something that is somewhat convenient. Personally when we used these I found them to be useful to a point. I agree that if anything were to spill then it could be wiped up easily. The only problem we found was that many of baby items were small and would tend to fall though the slots between the wires. For the diapers and wipes then they would work great. For personal items and fasteners I would use something else, but that is just my personally opinion.

 

Of course, on these like I said in the beginning I would use a combination of wire baskets and regular baskets. I would keep the diapers in the wire baskets and then use the regular baskets for holding smaller items like the fasteners. Just like with the open shelves you will need a spray bottle with your pre made wipe solution and also a container for the wipes.
Now Ikea does have a solution to this problem with the Raskog rolling cart. It holds a bunch of cloth diapers plus accessories that I have listed above. It has 3 levels which you can customize to fit your needs. It can even be rolled where ever you need inside the house, say the bedroom if baby is still co-sleeping.

 

Next topic please Drawers/Baskets

Drawer/Baskets           

 

Now this is an interesting group, let me tell you all about them. You can get very creative in this group.

I have seen people take pieces of furniture and re purpose it to so they can use they drawers for a cloth diaper stash. For example, you can take a student desk and use the existing drawers to hold your diapers and accessories.

Another idea, would be the open bookcase to add labeled baskets to hold different items. This would help divide and organize the shelves if they are long.

Within a drawer, I would add small baskets to assist to keep the fastener organized by color, and type so that you can just reach in and grab one quickly.

All these ideas are to help you make the changing process as quick as possible. You need to have everything within reach for safety sake of you child.

 

Last topic, Shoe organizer.

 

Shoe Organizer          

This is a really neat and nifty idea. It is also a space-saving way to store cloth diapers. You simply use a sturdy over the door shoe organizer to store your cloth diapers in.

You can fit 48 pre-stuffed pocket in each pocket.

This will save space in the nursery or if you live in an apartment and have the baby in the same room as you, the diaper storage is now creatively out of site.

Now for the summary of what we have talked about.

 

Conclusion

I will summarize major points of the ideas for you below.

 

Open Shelving

  • convenient
  • Can see what’s needed at a glance

Wire Baskets/Shelf

  • Need something else
  • Rolling cart by Ikea is good solution

Drawers/Baskets

  • Help with organization
  • Use existing furniture

Shoe Organizer

  • Saves space
  • Over the door

 

I hope you have found some valuable information in this article. I enjoyed writing this plus learned some new things myself.

Remember, when you are designing your baby’s nursery to keep in mind the future function that will YOUR needs!

 

 

If you have any questions or need a hand, feel free to leave a comment below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

 

All my Best,

 

Elaine Smith

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