After 8 babies, I’ve changed hundreds (if not thousands!) of diapers in my lifetime. I guess you could say I’m an expert diaper changer.
I got tired of having to go to the nursery every time I needed to change a diaper. The mess of trying to keep diapers in the living room was ridiculous! I knew something had to change. Several years ago, I worked out a great system that has been perfect for us!
How To Keep Baby’s Wipes and Diapers Organized!
I really just want to walk you through determining what will work best for your family, house, and routine. Use my ideas or come up with your own.
Choose A Central Location
Where do you spend most of your time while at home? For me, the living room is where most of our living takes place.
It is central to all other areas of our house. It is also the largest room in our house, making it the best place for our diapers and wipes storage.
It is most practical for me to change my babies in the living room, without going to another room, since diaper-changing takes up many minutes of my day.
The exception would be for when we have company over and I take the child to another room for diaper changes. In those cases, having a portable diaper/wipes basket makes is easy to take everything I need to another room for privacy.
Choosing A Storage Basket
Consider the style and colors of the décor in the room you would like to have your changing station. When choosing your storage box or basket, think of size and style.
Will it fit your baby wipes container? Will it stand out like a sore thumb? You will want to choose something that is easy on the eyes so that it does not scream “diapers and wipes live here!”.
I have chosen a simple, cream basket that is about 10×12 inches at the widest. It has lasted many years with a lot of use. It houses my baby wipes container perfectly (an old container I refill as needed) and several diapers in 3 different sizes.
It also has some diaper rash salve and a few combs and “hair pretties” that I use to do my girls’ hair. I found it is much easier to do my girls’ hair out in the living room in between the other duties of my day. When my babies are newborns, I also keep my nursing pads in this basket.
Create A System
I buy diapers and baby wipes in bulk once a month and store them under my girls’ bed. Every morning, or as needed, I take out several diapers to bring to my “diaper basket” and refill the baby wipes container when needed.
In this way, the not-so-pretty diaper and wipes boxes are hidden out of sight, while keeping the items I need within easy reach. This has worked wonderfully for us. One trip to the bedroom to collect the items I need for the day is much simpler than several trips all day!
Make a Space
Choose a space just for your diaper basket. I store ours on one of our over-sized end tables. It is next to the couch I most often sit on. It is easy for my “big kids” to reach so that they can fetch it for me when I need them to.
When choosing where to set your diaper basket, you will want to consider where you most often sit to relax (there is nothing worse than finally sitting down for a few minutes, only to realize your kiddo needs a diaper change) and keep it within easy reach. If possible, keep it out of reach of curious toddlers and infants learning to pull themselves up to furniture.
My diaper basket is very practical, yet is actually an extension of my sense of style and creativity. Let your creative side show and incorporate it into your decor while keeping your diapers and baby wipes organized!