When I was pregnant with my first child, I knew that I wasn’t going to want to go to her room every time her diaper needed to be changed. I had the idea to get a small basket and put diapers and wipes in it and leave it in our living room where we spend the majority of our time. It worked really well to have the necessities right there and change her on our ottoman. I think she was three months old before she ever laid on the changing pad in her room.
When I was pregnant with my son, I knew I wanted to create the portable changing station again. However, I learned a few things the first time around and decided to use this as more than just a place to hold diapers and wipes. I wanted one place in our living room that would have the things I needed most often. I bought a bigger basket this time and thought through what I needed.
What to include in your portable changing station will be different for everyone, depending on what you use most for your baby. Diapers and wipes are the obvious contents. I use a thin flannel baby blanket as a changing pad. Thankfully, neither of my children have had issues with diaper rash, but I have a tube in there for those few instances when they do need it. We use this basket as home base for pacifiers; whenever we find one laying around, it goes here so that whenever we need one, we know right where they are. We also keep a burp rag, swaddler and thin swaddling blankets in this basket.
It works well to have one central location for all the baby necessities. As any parent knows, it’s a rule of nature that whenever you need one of these items, you need it immediately and don’t have the time to rummage through drawers or even walk into the next room.