How to organize a changing corner?
This is the second post in the #Wy Layette series and today I will tell you about how to conveniently organize a baby changing corner.
I wrote this post in 2015 when I became a mother for the first time,
be sure to see mine 2018 changing corner,
when I became a mother for the second time.
I remember a few weeks before the birth, I was crazy about organizing a changing corner. Wojtek was a bit skeptical and did not understand why I was preparing everything there, but when we came back from the hospital with Nowy Rodek, and I put the Child on the changing table and literally had everything at hand, he was delighted! And I heard the words I had been waiting for for so many months: you were right! You came up with it all!
What should we find in our changing corner and what helped me organize well?
1. The changing
It can be an oilcloth that you put on your bed, or an overlay for a cot or a separate piece of furniture that we have chosen. For me, it was important that the changing area was always ready. I had a lot of space at my disposal, so I chose a separate piece of furniture, which also serves as a bookcase, but my friends also use changing mats in the form of a cot cover. Especially in the initial period, disposable changing pads that I put on the cover were very useful, thanks to which I did not have to change it sometimes several times a day.
Wet wipes Glass bottle with water + cotton balls
If you read me a bit, you know that I am against chemicals in our cosmetics (and also in food), let alone in children’s cosmetics. The compositions of the vast majority of wet wipes for babies are fatal, very unhealthy and harmful. Did you know that many wet wipes contain ingredients that are interpreted by our bodies as female sex hormones? What, especially in the case of continuous use with boys, may have negative effects. That’s why my motto is: the less chemicals, the better. Believe that water in a glass a’la cream bottle + cotton pads will be perfect, it will be healthy and more ecological, and maybe also economical, although cotton pads also cost theirs. You can always pour warm water into the bottle, which, especially in the case of newborns, will avoid the unpleasant feeling of cold, wet wipes on the skin. We only allow ourselves to use wet wipes outside the house, unless I have to wipe something quickly at home and I have them at hand. However, I always try to read the compositions of the handkerchief chemicals that I bring home. If you are wondering which wipes are the most safe for children, read about their ingredients here i here. If we decide to use them, it is worth doing everything wisely. And if you can choose wrong and quite well, it’s worth choosing the best.
Disposable or reusable, it is important to have direct access to them.
It is worth getting an organizer, e.g. hanging on a cot or changing table, a basket or a cardboard box that we put next to the bed on which we will change the child will also be great. The key is to have everything at hand.
Ideally, if the cupboard or chest of drawers, or maybe a shelf with clothes, are located in the immediate vicinity of the changing corner. If it turns out that in addition to the diaper, you also need to change clothes, you can reach for them without leaving the changing table.
The motto is also true here: the less the better. From birth, we have been using prophylactic diaper ointment for several weeks, eg Bepanten Baby Extra or pure lanolin ointment. It is important that it has a good composition – it is good that it does not contain, for example, paraffin or mineral oils that act on the skin like cling film … Of course, many of us have used or use paraffin and will say that nothing has happened, that it is wide recommended in delivery rooms and birthing schools and probably most children are fine with it, but it is worth knowing that it can cause, for example, baby acne … Later we used the ointment only for irritation or chafing – we still do not use it preventively so that the skin can recover take care of yourself.
7. A basket for used nappies, cotton pads, cosmetics …
You can read about choosing our basket here.
Why is it so important to organize the changing space? Remember that never, but never, ever leave a child alone on a changing tabletherefore everything you may need must be at your fingertips. We have developed such a habit that when changing the Child on the changing table, we touch the Child with one hand all the time, because taking the diaper or clothes out with one hand is not a problem. This rule also applies to those babies who are not turning over yet… we never know when a Baby will decide to turn over for the first time.
How does the scrolling organization look like with us?
We place a chest of drawers with clothes in the immediate vicinity of the changing table. We keep a bottle of water, cotton balls and ointment on the chest of drawers, and in the organizer hanging on the changing table there are nappies (and in the past there were also sterile cotton pads or saline). Right next to the changing table there is a basket for used nappies and an ordinary garbage can. Everything at your fingertips.
changing table IKEA Gulliver> click
water container: IKEA Ensidig vase> click
cotton pads: Cleanic Kindii> click
changing table organizer: H&M Home
buttock ointment: on prescription, the simplest possible composition, without paraffin
nappy basket: Tommee Tippee Sangenic Plus> click
trash can: Ikea Strapats> click
Let me know if you like the new series of posts from the #wyprawka series and what proven solutions you would like to read.
See our other posts on how to decorate a children’s room:
1. An idea for a children’s room design, or how and where to start> click
2. Zigzag, asterisk and an owl – yellow and gray room for a child> click
3. Yellow and gray room for a child, step by step, that is a list of all products with links to DIY stores and projects> click
4. How to sew curtains? DIY or do it yourself> click
5. Garland with stars for a child’s room – DIY> click
6. How to organize the first sleeping place for a child? > click
7. How to organize a breastfeeding corner? > click
8. How to organize a changing corner? > click
9. Swaddle blanket, sleeping bag, swaddle blanket, or maybe a duvet and pillow? > click
10. How to choose a feeding chair? > click
11. Bin for used nappies – test and review> click