A crib and a changing table. The two main things that make up a baby’s new room, right? They’re probably listed on almost every baby registry. I remember when I was pregnant with Ryan, many people told me they never used their changing table and that I shouldn’t even bother getting one. They just changed their kid wherever and whenever because it was easiest. But it’s one of those new baby things… I had to have one!
And I’m glad we did – we really do use it ALL the time. I suppose if we lived in a two-story or the table wasn’t as accessible, we may not use it as often. But we live in a ranch and Ryan’s room is just down the hall… we walk down to the table for pretty much every single diaper change.
I think it also helps that we have more of a baby changing station, not just a table. And our setup is perfect for cloth diapers…
Our baby changing station is more like a dresser. There’s space on the top for the changing pad AND a little basket that we fill with our cloth wipes and wipe solution container.
We use the top drawer of the table for our stash of cloth diapers. So when it’s time for a diaper change, we just put Ryan on top, get our wipes wet, and grab a diaper from the drawer. We have our wet bag hanging from a hook on the wall right next to the station so the dirty diaper (and wipes) just get dropped right in there.
The second drawer has extra inserts and doublers, some lesser used cloth diapers, and Ryan’s socks. The bottom drawer is filled with his pajamas and the cabinet space on the right is for extra sheets and blankets. Such a handy station!
So what’d we end up with for Rebecca? At first I wanted something simple and feminine like the table in the picture above. But I had to tell myself that for our needs, it just wasn’t practical. Yes, it could be done, but when you’re a mom (especially of 2+), everything needs to be efficient and fast. Dealing with cloth wipes on this table didn’t seem easy enough.
So we again went dresser-style. It’s actually my old dresser from when I was a little girl! So I bought a simple changing table top to sit on the top of the dresser (found it at a consignment sale!) and then we use the top drawer for wipes/solution and some cloth diapers and the second drawer for more cloth diapers (it’s a smaller baby changing station compared to Ryan’s).
Do you have a changing table and do you use it all the time? If you use cloth wipes and/or cloth diapers, how do you have it set up? I’m always open to creative ideas on improving our current setup and making things as efficient as possible!