Apparently, I'm not the best at being a consistent blogger. I'll work on that.
I've seen some blogs where people ask how others organize their diaper changing area and whether or not they use a changing table. I read before we had Lauren that changing tables were one of those things that you can opt out of if you're looking to save money. John questioned my idea of loading her bottom dresser drawer with diaper supplies and changing her on the floor, but it's worked out well. We also have a basket that holds diaper supplies downstairs, too, so that we don't have to go upstairs every time she needs to get changed. I think my favorite part is that everything is easy to access yet tucks away to leave no evidence of diapering (see the downstairs basket in the image below).
Upstairs, we put her dresser in the closet instead of out in the room. It's not a particularly pretty dresser, and we considered painting it... but when it came down to it, the closet seemed like the best place. Plus, I like having the space on top as a drop-off point to put her clothes that still need to be hung up but time doesn't allow at the moment.
The drawer and basket each have the following:
- A cheap cloth diaper (used as a rag and not as a diaper)
- Waterproof cloth
- Supply of diapers, stacked
- Diaper rash cream and/or barrier cream
- Lined trash can nearby
You can see the cloth diaper and waterproof cloth folded and stacked on top of each other. In actuality, we keep the cloth diaper folded inside the waterproof cloth so that we don't have to unfold them separately. The waterproof cloth unfolds to a couple of feet to protect Lauren from the floor and the floor from Lauren (from now on called LE (pronounced "Ellie") in the blog). The cheap cloth diaper goes just under her butt to catch any waterfalls and such that may occur during the change. That allows us to launder the more expensive and sensitive waterproof cloth about once a week instead of about once a day.
In the photo, you see just disposable diapers. We are using up the last of our supply of those as we integrate the hybrid diapers into the mix. Our downstairs basket has the supply of hybrids whereas our upstairs drawer just has disposables. Eventually, we'll just have hybrids in both places. Future generations, I'll be waiting for my thank-you card.