What supplies do I need to stock baby's changing table? Creating a Nursery

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A good organizational setup will make it possible for you to handle diaper changes in the most efficient way. Here, an expert and moms weigh in on how you can best set up your baby's changing table to minimize stress and maximize ease.

Keep Everything Within Arm's Reach

"The number one rule is that everything needs to be within arm's reach: diapers, wipes, creams/lotions, and the diaper pail. You always want to be able to have one hand on baby and then have one hand free to grab things. If the changing station is set up on a dresser, fill one of the top drawers with items like the hairbrush and lotion, so after a bath those things are within reach. Also in a top drawer [put] basic clothing options like single-colored onesies so that when a blow-out happens,...

"The number one rule is that everything needs to be within arm's reach: diapers, wipes, creams/lotions, and the diaper pail. You always want to be able to have one hand on baby and then have one hand free to grab things. If the changing station is set up on a dresser, fill one of the top drawers with items like the hairbrush and lotion, so after a bath those things are within reach. Also in a top drawer [put] basic clothing options like single-colored onesies so that when a blow-out happens, a quick change is also within reach." -- Julie McCaffrey, chief baby planner and owner at BabyNav Baby Planners

Get the Diaper Cream Brush

"Diapers, more diapers, wipes, more wipes, butt paste, and a diaper cream brush. You'll thank me later! It puts the cream on thicker, easier, and faster. I also buy doggy pee pads to put on the diaper changing table. My 3-month-old daughter pees mid-change several times a week, and we were doing way too much laundry to use reusable covers."Keep It Simple

Keep It Simple

"Diapers, wipes, a rash ointment, lotion, and maybe some baby powder. You really don't need much."

Set Up Stations in Other Rooms

"You may not believe this now, but your changing table won't get as much use as you expect. Sure, if it's in baby's room, you may use it before and after naps or when they wake up in the morning, but you'll soon find the living room floor is just as handy for a quick diaper change if that's where you're sitting when baby lets loose something stinky. You'll need diapers on hand in convenient spots around your home, and wipes too, but anything else comes down to your own preference."

Consider Individual Plastic Bags

"When you have a newborn, you really only need wipes (or soft gauze pads with water instead; seriously, save money!), diaper cream, and diapers. I used underpads on the changing table so that it could be changed after each use and maintain a hygienic space. I also have doggie poop bags, so that I can wrap up the diapers before putting them in the garbage."

Stock a Toy & Washcloth

"We always had a little toy for the babies to play with, so they wouldn't try to pull the diaper off before we were done. I would sometimes use a tiny baby-sized washcloth to cover them so I wouldn't get peed on. I have two boys! If they peed on it, I would rinse it and then wash it. No waste of wipes here."

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