I’m due to have baby number 2 very soon and to celebrate that I thought I’d share a few posts on preparing for a baby. Today I share how to organise a baby change table. With one little Possum, who is almost 3 years old, I can look back on things I did well (or not so well) and share my approach based on personal experience.
One well loved area of any nursery is the baby change table. It is so often used throughout the day (and night) that it must be an organised space for things to run as smoothly as they possibly can. Of course we don’t want to add any more stress to already tired parents.
Here I share with you how to organise a baby change table so it’s simple and will make nappy changing time fast and easy.
How to organise a baby changing station
I’m absolutely no expert but I do feel that my baby changing station worked really well first time around. I had everything I needed at easy reach and it completely catered to my own individual child.
Possum has always been a wriggle worm when it comes to nappy changes and so I had my top draw arranged to accommodate that. You might laugh, I know it isn’t exactly pretty or what you might find on Pinterest, but it really did work for my own child.
Catering to your little one
In the top draw, on the right hand side, had all the important changing essentials, such as Baby Love nappies, wipes, baby moisturiser, nappy rash cream, nappy bags and hand sanitiser. It was all these ready for me to grab and with my preferred hand.
The left hand side of the top draw was my trick to keeping my wriggly baby still. As you can see it is absolutely full of various baby safe objects that proved interesting to Possum and distracted her from what I was doing. The large number of objects available for me to choose from meant there was no chance for Possum to get bored and want to get away. Clean socks, cardboard tubes, toy cars, random baby shoe, small board book and other bits and pieces that would give me the 2 minutes needed to keep her still and once again ready for play.
What I also like about this approach to organising your baby change table is that it can also be quite a great learning experience for your little one as they explore each of the objects offered to them. Textures, colours and size varied so much between objects that it was perfect for maintaining interested and learning all while a nappy change was happening.
What tips do you have for organising a baby change table?
That’s a good idea to have all those things ready to distract them! I had a wriggle worm too which is probably why the nappy pants were good for us as I could put them on him while standing up! haha
Definitely a good idea to have those toys handy to distract bub during change time. Our favourite was a caterpillar that had a string you pulled and the caterpillar would giggle and wiggle.
Christie-Childhood 101 says
Your drawer looks so similar to how mine was set up for my two as newbies. Miss those days!
So excited that you’ll get to meet your new bubba so soon!!!!
We didn’t have a change table until our forth child. A friend gave us her old one and at first I thought we’d never use it, we didn’t have space for it, and I’d coped just fine changing the other three on the floor or the bed…. but it was AWESOME! LOL
Penny at Mother Natured says
I had my baby change table exactly that way! It was the best set up!
Your bub will be here any day now. I’m so excited for you lovely Kate!
Wow! Super, super organised. I’m not brave enough to show you a picture of the mess that is our change table. Thanks for the inspiration Kate. I love that you have baby safe objects ready to go – so handy. My tip for organising a baby change table would be refill those nappies when you’ve used the last one. The number of times I’ve had to rush to the garage with a naked baby bottom… oh my… lol. xo P
Hahahaha that’s so funny Pauline. I’m sure you’re not the only parent to do that. LOL
Kelly B says
Love those ideas of keeping the toys handy for a wriggly baby!
I haven’t really though of having a baby change table. I thought I could just do it on a bed but seeing how organized your baby change table makes me want to have one too. Baby is due in less than a month!
I’ve gone through a stage of changing my baby on the bed and it nearly broke my back. Everyone is different but I would struggle without my change table. Wonderful news and all the best with bubs. 🙂