Mom-in-Progress: cloth diaper change station setup
Mom's perusing baby nurseries on Pinterest know as well as I do that cloth diapers have not quite made it back to mainstream. Cutie pie change tables with almost nothing to them seem to dominate inspiration boards everywhere, which makes choosing cloth somewhat of a bummer for the more design-minded moms out there (no pun intended).
I found a few examples of cloth diapering stations that honestly overwhelmed me at first. So many things I hadn't thought about! What were all these creams? What were all the diaper add-ons? Why couldn't this method still be CUTE?
I waited about a month to start cloth diapers with Baby Clemington. By that point, we had already figured out the basics for what we needed with the disposables we were using, and had done enough research into how cloth diapers worked to know what might end up being a waste of money, and what we could do to make the change station work harder for us. Because let's face it: cloth diapers have a reputation for being more difficult for a reason... and I wanted to counter that as much as possible (read about why we weren't scared off here).
Here is a peek at the change table in baby's nursery:
As you can see, it is pretty simple and uncluttered. I am not the type to use a bunch of lotions or baby products in my routine, and I've kept the whole area pretty utilitarian. But in a cute way. A way that doesn't bother me when I'm staring at it at during 4am feedings.
Here is a breakdown of what is really going on in that corner of the room:
- Change mat: the usual flat surface with comfy mat, for obvious reasons.
- Diaper drawer: for pre-stuffed and ready-to-go diapers. (see details below)
- Wipes: counter space for your wipes container and a small basket for your "extras" (number 8)
- Hooks for diaper covers: Somewhere to hang still-clean diaper covers in between uses.
- A place for the "flushables": Somewhere to ditch the diaper liners (and disposable wipes, if using). We are using a small compost bin (like this one) for easy rinsing, but a small garbage can would also work.
- A place for the "washables": diaper pail for all the dirties. I repurposed a dual garbage/recycling bin from the hardware store so I didn't need to add a clothes hamper, but we started with a regular step bin (like this one) just for diapers.
- Storage drawer: for extra liners, inserts, soakers, wipes, etc. (see details below)
- Optional "Extras": diaper cream of choice, a "just-in-case" towel, and whatever else you want (hand sanitizer, baby powder, baby oil...). I like to keep a bottle of "Bum Spray" handy for stickier poops.
Wondering what is in those drawers? Here is a closer look.
- A & B. Pre-stuffed overnight and daytime use diapers (we are playing with a few brands--more on that later)
- C. Optional: disposable wipes and diapers--just in case! Handy for days you're behind on laundry, or when you're on your way out of the house for awhile. (kudos to parents who keep their kid in cloth on-the-go! I'm hoping to get there eventually.)
- D. Extra cloth wipes and your choice of solution (if you're using them)
- E. Flushable diaper liners. The liners pictured are actually my backups. I'll share more about my preferred brands later on!
- F. Extra cloth wipes container (just in case!)
- G. Extra wet bags/diaper pail liners
- H. Boosters and soakers (handy if you've got a heavy wetter, or for naps)
- I. Extra diaper inserts (easy to grab for re-stuffing the covers that were hung up between uses)
There's another shot of the change station--this time with the little hanging storage basket we typically keep there to hold sleepers for baby's bedtime routine. We also keep a toy rabbit hanging where baby can babble and giggle at him. They're besties. No big deal. *swoon*
I am in no way calling myself an expert on cloth diapering--- baby is still in the wonderful "non-human-poop" stage and we don't have much experience in the way of (*grossness alert*) solid stinky poops quite yet. But the way we have the change station set up is pretty adaptable, and so far has made choosing cloth a breeze.
Here's an easy all-in-one image for your pinning pleasure: