Changing a baby is tricky with little newborns who get swallowed in their first onesies and it’s just as difficult to change the ever-moving toddler! The smartest step you can take when changing baby is to have everything you need in one place. But how do you decide what you need and where to put it? Well here is how you can create the perfect baby changing station in three easy steps.

The Perfect Baby Changing Station

What all do you need for diaper changes and where should they go? This guide will help you create the perfect baby changing station in three easy steps.

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Pick A Table

Your first move in baby changing success is to choose what type of diaper changing table that you want. There’s the traditional changing table with open shelving beneath, changing tables with dresser and cabinet for storage, cart or there’s always the option to strap a changing pad to the top of your favorite dresser.

With both of our kiddos, we opted to have a changing pad on the top of the dresser. We loved this set-up because it saved us from buying a new dresser and now, we have a piece of furniture that will last beyond the toddler years. We also favored having one piece of furniture instead of two separate pieces when we were already cramped in our little two-bedroom apartment.

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Choose Your Necessities

As you set up your changing station, here are a few suggestion for what to include:

  • Disposable and/or cloth diapers
  • Wipes (disposable or cloth)
  • Ointments
  • Pajamas
  • Clothes (at least a couple outfits, socks and shoes)
  • Extra changing pad cover
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Coconut oil
  • Baby lotion
  • Bulb syringe
  • Swaddle blankets

Create The Perfect Baby Changing Station In 3 Easy Steps

Organize

Here’s a breakdown of how we set up our dresser changing station:

Top drawer – Cloth diapers (covers and prefolds), cloth wipes, cloth wipe solution, disposable diapers and wipes, diaper rash ointments, bulb syringe, hand sanitizer and essential oil rubs and coconut oil

Middle – Pants and shorts, onesies, jackets, socks, shoes, PJs (most of our kid’s clothes)

Bottom – Extra changing pad covers, extra blankets, outfits to grow into, swaddle blankets/ swaddles

With my daughter (first), we rarely changed her anywhere other than her changing station. It was just so handy, to have everything at our fingertips without having to step away. (Tip: One of my “mom friends”- who has a two-story house and a well stocked changing station- keeps an extra basket of diapers, wipes, ointment and a onesie near her couch in the living room so that she can change her son without taking the trip upstairs.) Keeping as much of your baby’s clothes at your changing station also makes it super convenient to pack your diaper bag, pack a suitcase and put away laundry.

When planning your baby changing station, try making a list off all you need to store and look for ways to maximize your space so that you can fit all of your supplies in close proximity. If you need more storage space than your changing table provide, try hanging some shelves or placing a small shelving unit besides the table/ dresser. Pinterest also has some great examples to inspire you! Happy organizing!

What all do you need for diaper changes and where should they go? This guide will help you create the perfect baby changing station in three easy steps.

Alise Durkota
Alise Durkota
Alise is a mother of two who loves the slow, small town life. She is a teacher turned stay at home mom who loves cooking, her husband, going on long neighborhood walks, just about any baked good (with coffee) and playing with her children. She has a passion for all things childhood development, teaching, and learning.