Monday, February 19, 2018

Do or Don't: Changing Table

Since we waited longer than a lot of married couples to have our first child we had several years of advice to chew on from well-meaning parents. However, after 15 months of parenting it has pretty much all been thrown out the window because you just do what you have to do to survive. One thing we got advice on that has less to do with parenting and more to do with our routine and what has worked really well for us: the changing table.

It was also Henry's favorite place for several months. He always loved laying there.  PC: Kathryn & Co.

I can't tell you how many people told me not to bother with a changing table because they said we wouldn't use it, because we would just change the baby wherever we were, it will just take up room and never get used, etc. This could not be farther from the truth. I could probably count the number of times we have changed him somewhere other than the changing table on one hand. Seriously. It is just what works for us.

Wire baskets are from Target, and I love them!

Here is why.

1. It keeps everything we need in one spot. There is no searching multiple rooms for the diaper cream or wipes. Everything is right where we need it to be every time.
2. We don't accidentally have dirty diapers laying around. We change him on the changing table, and the diaper pail is right there. Since everything gets pretty chaotic with a baby, anything that has a place is a good thing. I don't need any help making things messier.
3. It also serves as much needed storage for things we need anyway. We have to have diapers, wipes, and cream, as well as his lotion, hair brush, nail clippers, thermometer, and a number of other items. You have to keep all these things somewhere, and the changing table has been an extra source of storage. Why not store them in a place where you will consistently use them?

Some people don't have room for a changing table, and that is totally understandable. We are lucky, and our home has larger than average bedrooms and allowed for it. Maybe an actual changing table isn't in your budget, but if you think it will work for you I encourage you to explore a variety of options. Ours was used and given to us by a friend. It was painted a terrible, dark brown when we got it, but after a few coats of Dixie Belle Paint (my go-to) it fit right into Henry's bright and cheerful nursery. If you don't have space or can't find a changing table, you can still create a designated space by placing a changing pad on top of a dresser and storing necessities in the most accessible drawers or small baskets. 

What about you? Did you use a changing table with your kiddos? Would you recommend it? I think it is totally worth the space it takes up...even if it takes three coats of paint.


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