Postpartum mom at a diaper changing station changing her newborn baby's diaper

5 Tips for Creating a Functional and Comfortable Diaper Changing Station 

Ah, new parenthood—a journey filled with heartwarming newborn snuggles and cherished bonding moments. Yet, nestled within these beautiful spells of connection are the less glamorous tasks…like diaper changes. 

Yes, the reality of postpartum includes those not-so-glamorous moments too. But it doesn’t have to be as big of an overwhelming s*** show as you may be imagining (see what I did there…). 

One of the best ways for you to make this less than desirable baby-care task more bearable, is setting up an efficient, comfortable, and convenient diapering station within your postpartum recovery space. If you are asking yourself, “what is a postpartum recovery space and why do I need one?” then read this blog post to learn more! 

Now, back to the matter at hand — diaper duty!

Tip 1: Prioritize Convenience with Strategic Placement For Your Diaper Changing Station

When it comes to newborns, speed is of the essence during diaper changes. Set up your changing station close to your recovery and bonding hub. This ensures that you won’t have to undertake uncomfortable journeys around the house for every diaper change.

Bonus Tip: If your home has multiple levels, consider having a changing area on each floor for ultimate convenience.

Tip 2: Create a Diaper Changing Station that Enhances Comfort and Posture

Bending and crouching during diaper changes can take a toll on your postpartum body. Opt for ergonomic comfort by selecting a changing surface at a height that lets you sit comfortably rather than stand. Elevated dressers or changing tables at hip level are a great choice. Adding a soft mat or towels underneath prevents knee strain when you need to be at baby’s level.

Tip 3: Maximize Efficiency by Organizing Your Diaper Changing Station Supplies

When you’re dealing with a wriggly newborn, having supplies within arm’s reach is a game-changer. Use baskets, caddies, or open shelves to keep essentials close by. Stock up on items like wipes, cream, disposable changing pads, and extra outfits. Organize them based on how frequently you need them for easy access. And don’t forget the importance of efficient diaper disposal—keep a lidded pail or wet bag at the ready to contain odors.

Tip 4: Prioritize Comfort for Both You and Baby

Comfort is key during diaper changes—for both you and your baby. Opt for a soft, padded changing pad instead of a cold, hard surface. Keep an extra blanket or burp cloth handy for unexpected accidents that require a quick surface switch. And of course, hand sanitizer is a must to ensure clean hands and prevent the spread of germs.

Tip 5: Diaper Changing Station Golden Rule: Safety First, Always

Even with a well-equipped station, never leave your baby unattended on the changing table. Babies can be quite wiggly and unexpected falls can happen. Always keep a secure hand on your baby when they’re on an elevated surface. With an efficient station in place, you can confidently handle diaper changes while keeping your baby safe.

Diaper Duty and Beyond – Designing Your Fourth Trimester Nest

Want even more tips and tricks when it comes to setting up the ultimate diapering station? Looking for support in creating the perfect postpartum recovery space for you and your little one? Then you need my amazing 4th Trimester Guide: Designing Your Ideal Postpartum Recovery Space ebook! Inside there are even more ideas, tips and expert advice to help you create your diapering station and so much more.

I have partnered with Parenting Practice of Colorado to offer this amazing guide as a bundle with their invaluable Sleep Farm: Newborn to 3 Months sleep program. When you purchase the Sleep Farm package, you will be armed with everything you need to help your newborn get as much sleep as possible which in turn means you get the sleep you need to heal and recover postpartum. Combining the comprehensive information found in my guide with the expert support and guidance of the Sleep Farm program, you can have the tools and knowledge you need to confidently navigate your transition into parenthood. 

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