How to Organize a Changing Table

My Baby InsiderI don’t know about you, but I believe that a change table requires great organization for quick and efficient diaper changes. Who wants to be doing a midnight diaper change and not be able to find what they need? Not you and certainly not the baby. Not to mention, trying to deal with a blow out diaper and not to have what you need at the ready. That is not a pretty situation.

Below I will share with you some of my organizational tips and what I believe is the best way to organize each shelf and drawer.

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You don’t have to be an expert changing table organizer to keep order with your diapering items. There are some things you can do to help with the organization of your change table.

Here are some of my changing table organization ideas:

Group similar things together: This is sort of a no-brainer. If you want to be able to find things quickly, have them grouped with like items and always keep them in the same place. It wouldn’t make sense to have wipe refills stored in the same basket as swaddling blankets, now would it?

Baskets: A great way to keep things in their place is to use baskets. This is especially helpful if you have an open shelf changing table where things can fall off the shelves. The use of baskets would be beneficial in drawers as well to keep everything organized at all times.

Colour coding: Color coding can go hand in hand with basket organization. Having coloured baskets for specific items make it easy to see at a glance where your things are. You can go one step further and label the baskets to help your spouse learn how you have the change table organized

Maximizing storage space: To maximize your space, keep frequently used items near the top and refills near the bottom.

Top of Table/Diaper Caddy

You will want to keep the most commonly used items either on the top of the table if you have space or in a changing table organizer caddy (or diaper caddy). If you don’t have the space for a portable caddy, you can also use a hanging changing table organizer to keep everything on.

Here are the most commonly used items you will want to keep close at hand:

  • 5-10 Diapers
  • Vaseline
  • Wipes
  • Baby Powder
  • Rash Cream
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • 1-2 small toys for distraction

Top Drawer

If you’re not a fan of having your diapering items on the table-top of in a caddy of some sort, no problem. You can store all the above items in the top drawer of the change table along with other small loose things you will want to keep track of. I find it best to use the basket organization in this drawer to keep everything segregated.

Other small Items to keep in the top drawer:

  • Soothers
  • Teethers
  • Portable diaper genie bags
  • Medicines (gripe water, children’s Advil and Tylenol, Teething oils)
  • Thermometer
  • Nail clippers/files
  • Hairbrush or comp
  • Nasal aspirator
  • Baby manuals
  • Face Cloths

Middle Shelf / Drawer

This is where I like to keep all other essentials for the nursery and not necessarily just the diaper changing things. No rule says you can only put diaper related items on your change table shelves.

Some other nursery items to store are:

  • Crib sheets
  • Change pad covers
  • Swaddling blankets
  • Receiving blankets
  • Burp Cloths

Bottom Shelf / Drawer

The bottom shelf or drawer is the perfect place to keep all your extra and not commonly used items. They will still be a quick reach away when you need to do a refill of the table-top or top drawer.

Extra things to store on the bottom are:

  • Wipes
  • Diapers
  • Swim diapers
  • Diaper Genie refills

A Place For Everything

The Items I have listed above are suggestions only; you can store whatever you feel is best on your changing table.

The one thing to remember is always to put things back where you took them from as soon as you’re done with them, so your table stays nice and organized at all times.

Tell me how you like to keep your change table organized in the comments below.

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