A couple of weeks ago I posted Cloth Diapers 101: What you need to get started.
Today is part two and I’ll be giving you some tips and advice on how to set-up a cloth-friendly changing station. Yes, it takes a little more planning than with disposables but I think we’ve pretty much perfected it this second time round.
This is a post for mama’s planning on going cloth full time. You’ll need a stash of at least 15 covers and 30 inserts. (This is what works for us seeing as the bamboo inserts we prefer takes some time to dry. The covers however is dry is no time.) – We wash every other day, 3 times a week, but more on cloth diaper care in our next post.
Let’s start with the basics for all changing stations.
1. A compactum – I’m not a fan of the overpriced, “real” ones sold by baby retailers. We’ve always just gone with a functional thrift store find.
What to look for when shopping for a changing table:
– take a measuring tape along and make sure the top surface is big and wide enough to fit your changing mat.
– also make sure the height is comfortable, you’ll be using it for quite some time and possibly for more than one baby so it’s important. (We needed to raise ours, so we just added wheels.)
– look for something with at least 2 drawers and extra storage space for other baby essentials.
3. A mobile or play gym to keep baby occupied while you do diaper changes. Remember, your little one will probably be alert and awake during this time so don’t miss this perfect opportunity to get in some stimulation. We, but especially Ava, is completely obsessed with the amazing high contrast Little Me mobile dangle range by Little Interiors. (We love them so much, I’m currently working on an entire post just about them so keep an eye out).
Optional: I like to add extra storage space above the compactum for other bits and bobs. The Olly Polly Coloured Strip Book Ledges are great for this.
Storing your cloth diapers:
(We use the Mother Nature Products All-in-Three (nappy and cover) cloth diapers.)
1. The inserts: seeing as we have more insert than covers I like keeping them at hand, rolled up neatly in a pretty basket on top of the compactum. – a lot of mamas prefer storing their diapers already assembled but I find it bulky, taking up too much space and also, I never have time to do this.
3. Liners and the other extras: all of these go into drawer 2. A handy wooden drawer divider we found years ago at the MamaMagic Baby Expo can easily be popped on top of your compactum or inside one of the drawers. It helps to keep things together and in it’s place. (Similar plastic ones are available at Builders Warehouse or you can just create your own making sure to leave a space for your wet wipes and bum cream.) Our divider has 3 sections and we use the 3rd space for odds and ends like nail clipper etc.
A place for the spares and other baby essentials:
Inside the cupboard section of the compactum you’ll find extra wet wipes, bum cream and disposable liners for the month. It’s also where we keep Ava’s blankets, wraps, swaddles, toiletries, towels and other bath time goodies. It’s great for my breastfeeding covers, pads and pump too.
Storing your used nappies till washing day:
We make use of a 2 bucket system. Bucket 1 (a cute bin we bought at Mr Price Home) is used to hold the wet and soiled nappy covers (we rinse and apply stain remover if needed, add a few drops of tea tree oil too if you like). Bucket 2, a plastic one available to purchase from Mother Nature Products, is filled with water and 5 drops of tea tree oil and a tablespoon of baking soda. We use this bucket to pre-soak ALL of our inserts, wet and soiled – it’s the hyper hygiene mama inside me. More care tips to follow soon.
Remember: Being a cloth mama can be challenging at times with rainy days and stomach flu causing your supply to run low. Have a pack of disposables handy in case of emergency. Our favourite “green” band is Bio Baby Eco Disposables available from Mother Nature Products and Faithful to Nature.
And that’s it, changing station set-up complete, functional and neat with everything at hand.
Hope this helps to get you organised and remember to click on all the pretty pink links included in this post; they’ll take you where you need to go.
If you missed our previous post regarding our favourite cloth diapers we’ve been using over the past 3 years just click HERE. Also keep an eye out for our next post concerning cloth diapers care and which product to work best with cloth, ensuring years of use.