Changing Station

Why did it take me seven babies to figure this one out?

All these years I've done what the baby furniture manufacturers wanted me to do and faithfully changed my babies on their changing table/dresser. Then had stinky diapers in their room if I didn't get them taken out to the garbage. Then called another child to pleeeease bring me a plastic bag to put the grossest diapers into. Then called the same or another child to fetch the antibacterial wipes in the event of a blow-out. Etcetera.

Our home has a laundry room upstairs with a nice long counter top and a sink. I finally got smart and made a baby changing station there. This has been such a time saver and so convenient to have the sink readily accessible. I can also pitch dirty clothes right into the washer or hampers.


But we didn't always have such a nice set-up, and I am betting many of you don't necessarily, either. Still, I can think back to our little (as in 600-square-feet little) apartment in San Francisco and see in my mind a place where a baby changing station could have been created quite nicely. Even having a large tub or basket stocked for every possible scenario would be great. A portable station might work well in some homes, too; you could have a clean towel folded neatly into the tub for the baby to be changed upon, and stock the tub with wipes, rash ointment. fingernail clippers, baby shampoo, washcloths, and diapers. And a little dark chocolate. I don't think there's a situation in which dark chocolate doesn't come in handy