DIY Changing Table + Feeding Station / by Erin Baynham

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #allfreeclear #CollectiveBias UNIVERSITY PRESSYou know how they say everything changes when you have a baby? Well, it's true. Your sleeping patterns change, your diet and emotions can change, the way you drive changes, and your routine definitely changes. We knew that the baby's clothes needed to be washed using products for sensitive skin, so my mom told me to make the switch for the entire family. She suggested all® free clear detergent. In fact, it's the #1 Recommended brand by Dermatologists, Allergists, and Pediatricians, so I know we're getting a great, simple product. We began using it, and haven't stopped since. I was pleasantly surprised to see the detergent in Sam's Club! We're there every few weeks, so it's great to be able to buy this in a large size that will last for a few months. 

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Early on, we were warned that the baby would be sensitive to the ingredients and scents of other detergents. There are no dyes or perfumes in all® free clear detergent, so that was wonderful news. Although it's more gentle and is scent-free, our clothes receive a powerful, thorough clean. There were a few times where we could smell the detergent we used to use coming from our clothes, and we knew it would be too harsh for baby. Plus, instead of waiting for his hamper to fill up with itty bitty baby items, we can through his clothes in the wash with our stuff too. Simple!

Night after night, when my baby would wake up screaming, there would be a long process to get him back to sleep. I'd go down to the kitchen to make him a bottle, or I'd go into the fridge and grab a pre-made one. I'd turn on the tv, change his diaper, feed him and hope he went to bed in an hour or so. But I happened to engage in small talk with a co-worker one day, and she said those late night wake up sessions last her ten minutes or so. She kept everything she needed handy in the baby's room. And then I made the switch!

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In the beginning, our dresser was more of a catch all for all of his stuff. There was no rhyme or reason for anything there.

 

 

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But then I made the switch, turning his dresser into a useful, strategic area!

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Here's how I created this setup.

  1. Start with an empty dresser top.
  2. Add the changing pad first, just to make sure you've got enough space for everything else.
  3. Make sure there's an outlet nearby, and add an extension cord with plenty of extra plugs.
  4. Add the changing table accessories: diapers, diaper rash cream, wipes, etc.
  5. Add the feeding accessories: formula, bottle pre-filled with water (or a water bottle so you can make on demand), bottle warmer
  6. Fill in extra space with other handy items: tissues, saline solution, boogie syringe, etc.

Viola! Your baby's dresser has been transformed into a one stop shop for all naptime/late night happenings! How did you make your baby's nighttime routine more simple? Leave a comment and let me know!