Babies spend a significant amount of time at their changing stations. It’s important for this area to be comfortable and well stocked to be a pleasurable experience for baby. And, if baby is happy, everybody is happy! I’ve put together a list of changing station essentials that have helped me survive my first year as a mom and helped to keep baby so fresh and so clean. Have a look…
- Changing pad– I purchased an inexpensive changing pad based on it’s good reviews and sent it back, it was very thin and flimsy, I went with the Colgate Memory Foam 3 Sided Contour Changing Pad, it’s nice and comfy, I found it at BuyBuy Baby. Recommend memory foam if you can find one. Baby spends tons of time here!
- Changing pad covers– go for soft and comfy, recommend at least 3 of these
- Changing pad liners– definitely recommend these for newbies, I laid them on top of my cover to help keep it clean and stain free, pack of 3 is good
- Diapers– we use Amazon’s subscription service-Subscribe and Save– it saves us money! Diapers and wipes are delivered right to my door and are cheaper, I’ve done the research. Totally recommend this service if you have Amazon Prime.
- Wipes– You can’t have enough baby wipes! I prefer Pampers Sensitive Wipes. I recommend keeping a good stock of wipes, you don’t want to run out.
- Diaper disposal– I love my Diaper Dekor Plus Pail, no complaints with this one, can choose from lots of fun colors too, we have gray
- Space heater– My friend shared this idea with me and it’s great. Newborns chill easily and are unhappy when they are cold. When my son was a newbie and even now in the winter months, I turn on the heater to warm the area during diaper changes. Love our Vornadobaby Sunny Nursery Heater. Makes it nice and cozy!
- Diaper cream– There are tons on the market. My favorite is Boudreaux’s Natural Butt Paste, Maximum strength with 40% zinc oxide, works like a charm! I’ve tried several.
- Baby Powder– highly recommend Baby Anti-Monkey Butt Diaper Rash Powder, I use a shake of this with every diaper change, it keeps my baby nice and dry and free of diaper rash, one bottle goes a long way
- Baby lotion– I’m a big fan of baby massage after baths, we do this on the changing table and use Aveeno Lavender and Vanilla Lotion
- Aquaphor – we used this for circumcision healing
- Burp Cloths– you’re going to get peed on, no doubt and baby’s foot is definitely going to go in some poop, I keep a stack of burp cloths handy and use them as cover when I change baby’s diaper. They make specific pee shields but they don’t get very good reviews.
I recommend having drawers or baskets as part of your changing station to keep items and back up items organized and within arms reach. You want to make sure you have everything you need at your fingertips because once baby is up there, you can’t turn your back! Pictured below are items I keep handy at my changing station.
One of my fondest memories of being pregnant was stocking my baby’s changing station after my baby shower. I smelled the sweet scent of just opened newborn diapers, had my creams and powders neatly placed, baby wipes opened and ready and clean linens on the changing pad, all I needed was my baby. Now baby is here and I find it hard to keep the diapers and wipes stocked and the linens clean but I still sit back, look at my changing station area and love what we did with it.
I hope you found this essentials list helpful. Please let me know if you have any other ideas that you think may help nesting moms prepare for the big day!