While I like the idea of a changing table, we rarely use one. In fact, we didn’t even bother setting up a changing table at all for our 3rd baby. Changing tables are like high chairs – they look cute and you want one in theory. In reality, they’re just space hogs and a
portable feeding chair will ultimately save space and money.
The changing table, with diapers, cream, and cloth wipes all stored in one central place, became even more impractical when we moved to a two story house and our children started sharing rooms. If I’m helping an older child or in the middle of making dinner upstairs and the changing table is downstairs, I’m likely to just pull out the changing pad and create a makeshift space on the floor. If I’m up to nurse baby in the middle of the night, I usually head to a rocking chair in the family room. Baby often needs a change first and it’s unlikely that I’ll make my way to to a changing table in the dark.
So, what does our family do instead? We store cloth diapers in simple plastic storage drawers in a central location. We then create convenient mini diaper changing stations throughout the house. This is generally a simple basket or cute storage bin with a few diaper changing essentials. These portable diaper changing stations fit neatly in a corner or on a shelf and are ready when when – and where – we need them.
How to Create Portable Changing Stations
Step 1: Identify storage areas. This might be a living room, master bedroom, toy room, or even family bathroom.
Step 2: Find portable storage solutions that blend with your decor or fit discreetly in a corner or on a shelf; such as cloth covered baskets, wire bins, toy boxes, or hanging shoe racks. If your solution has handles, even better!
Step 3: Set up your portable changing stations with necessities. Your chosen diaper style will determine your needs, but I like to include 3 to 4 diapers, a wet bag, cloth safe diaper cream, cloth wipes, and a mini spray bottle with plain water or cloth diaper wipes solution.
If your child is older and easily distracted, you might even include a small toy to keep her entertained. Don’t forget to keep a wet bag in your bathrooms for soiled diaper changes – you won’t be keeping these in your travel stations.
Step 4: On wash day, simply collect your wet bags, toss diapers in the wash, then refill your bins with diapers and
This might take a few extra steps beyond simply keeping your stash in one place, but I promise it’s worth it, saving stubbed toes in the dark, burnt meals, and interrupted conversations.
Our family is traveling and everyone is currently potty trained until our new baby arrives in October, so I asked a few blogging friends to provide photos of some portable storage solutions. Thank you Celeste at Thinking About Cloth Diapers, Christine at Modern Cloth Mama, and Jenny at Cloth Diaper Revival for sharing your storage solutions!
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