With an infant comes the responsibility of changing a diaper. Whether you decide to use disposable or cloth diapering, a dedicated changing area can make the whole process much simpler. Our team of Postpartum Doulas and Newborn Care Specialists have changed more diapers than they can count, and have put together this list of essentials for your changing table to make changing baby a snap!
The Changing Area
Pick a space that is comfortable for both you and baby, that will remain comfortable until baby is out of diapers (Yay, potty training! We can talk about that later.)
This should be a space that is free of breakables and allows baby and caregiver to bond. Some examples that we have worked with include: changing tables, a spare bed, a counter-top, and the floor.
To keep baby safe, never leave them out of touch during a diaper change.
Every changing space should have three things. The baby. A diaper. Wipes.
To make diapering seamless, you can add in comfort measures for you and baby.
These would include things like:
-a diaper genie(goodbye stink!)
-a waterproof changing mat or liner
-diaper creams and lotion to add in some baby massage(we’ll talk about this later too!)
-a stockpile of diapers and wipes
-at least two spare sets of clothing.
Let’s get Real
You and any other caregiver for your child will spend a fair amount of time diapering. It could even last for many years. Most children will be out of diapers by three. That is a ton of potential quality time that can be spent on the changing table. From the very beginning, taking the time during a diaper change to talk to your child and engage them can lead to huge benefits in their development down the line. Babies love to hear your voice. Even if you are talking nonsense, it is making a difference in their socialization, vocabulary, and emotional development.