This post is the third installment in my gWhiz! gDiaper series. In this one, I’ll introduce you to my changing station and procedures for changing a diaper. There are countless ways to arrange your own space, but I know that this is the sort of thing I love to read — peeks into people’s organization, a look into their purses or refrigerators, that sort of thing. So I figured someone out there might also like to read this sort of post.
Our changing table is simply the top of our long low dresser from IKEA. I didn’t want a whole separate piece of furniture for this purpose, because eventually Anneliese will be out of diapers and she will still be able to use this dresser for a very long time, while everyone else’s changing tables will languish in their local Craigslist postings.
Up top, I have a little basket with diaper changing necessities:
- a spray bottle of our homemade wipes solution (water, a bit of witch hazel, a drop of lavender oil, a drop of tea tree oil)
- baby powder — which I very rarely use
- cloth-diaper-safe diaper rash cream — which I’ve NEVER used
- a spice sprinkly jar (from World Market) full of baking soda to sprinkle in the diaper pail to absorb smells
- a few gRefills for just in case we run out of clean cloth diapers (only happened a couple times) or for when I want to use one (rarely, but sometimes if I’ll be out and about, I’ll use them depending on my mood)
- my homemade cloth wipes
- a prepared gDiaper, ready to go. We usually have 2 gDiapers in rotation at any given time — one on Anneliese, and one on the dresser.
- (on the diaper changing pad) a cloth diaper to serve as a staging area for the diaper changing activity. Much easier to throw in the wash if it gets a bit of poo on it than taking off the whole yellow cover.
In the top-right drawer of the dresser, we keep the inserts — mostly prefolds from Green Mountain Diapers, but a few gCloth (and soon I’ll be making inserts too).
In the next drawer over are the clean gPants with snapped-in liners (that are not currently in rotation), and clean liners.
In the dresser’s bottom-left drawer, I have things I need to access much less frequently.
- a big bag of baking soda to refill the sprinkly-jar.
- witch hazel and essential oils for my wipes spray
- extra bottles of wipes spray (I make up 3 at a time, about every 2 weeks)
- disposable baby wipes, just in case we run out of cloth (which doesn’t happen now that I’ve made a third dozen) or in case of a particularly messy situation.
- my “back up” diapers — Thirsties covers.
- My second wet bag for the diaper pail (for when the “first” is in the laundry)
- My second wet bag for the diaper bag (for when the “first” is in the laundry)
To the right of the dresser, I have a tall narrow trash bin with a wet bag from Rainforest Babies (which has a neat little cloth tab inside, for putting a few drops of essential oil to help with smells). I also usually have a mesh lingerie bag inside the pail; I tuck the edge of the mesh bag under the elastic of the pail liner, so it’s sort of “suspended” and won’t fall in all the way. The mesh bag is for the gDiaper liners. All the cloth inserts and wipes go into the yellow bag.
Next to that is a trash can for any disposable wipes we may end up using.
To change a diaper, I
- Put Anneliese on the changing pad and remove her diaper. Set aside the diaper.
- Spray some wipes solution on a cloth wipe, and clean her up.
- Let her air dry while I dump the wipe and soiled insert in the yellow pail liner.
- If the gDiaper liner is dirty (usually if she pooed), snap it out and put in the mesh bag.
- Snap in a new liner if necessary.
- Grab the other gDiaper that’s ready to go and put it on Anneliese.
- “Stuff” the second gDiaper with a new insert so it’s ready to go.
All of this takes less than a minute. I know it sounds like a lot of steps, but it’s not hard or time-consuming.
The reason we have 2 gDiapers in rotation is because the nylon liner tends to get a little damp and needs to air out between changes. Also, because the liner is breathable, sometimes the pant gets a bit of water-vapor moisture on it and also needs to air/dry between changes.
I’m really excited to share about gDiapers, so if you have any questions about them, feel free to leave them in a comment here and I’ll try to address those curiosities in further posts.