The 5 must haves for your changing table

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Hello everybody! So today I am bringing you a list of the 5 must haves for your changing table. Let me tell you that I consider this list of the 5 must haves for your changing table the very basic one. You can add your personal preference and I would love to hear about what worked for you.

When I had my baby, I was away from my home town, away from my sisters that had babies, away from my mom and away from friends with babies, so back then I wished somebody told me what I had to have to change my baby’s diapers and believe me, you are going to change a ton of diapers. From the moment you bring your little one home till baby is turned into toddler and is time to potty train. So far I´m still in the first stage but we are making progress towards little L letting me know that he peed or pooped.

After welcoming little L in the apartment, the moment of truth arrived and it was time to put in practice the most valuable skill that a mom has (of course, after breast feeding). The first time we were using plain vaseline to prevent the diaper rash, cleaned that good mess with baby wipes parfum free and my husband kept a little hand towel to wipe his hands after using the vaseline because he used a lot and hated to end up with sticky hands!

Luckily for you, after these 18 months of motherhood, (Update, now I’m a pro with 2.7 years of training) I have come to the conclusion that if you are going to have a baby, this 5 items for your changing table are a MUST. I know some might say that they would remove an item and others will add more, but, as I shared with you on instagram, this 5 must haves for your changing table are going to make your life easier, giving you time to do other stuff and as a mom, that is more precious than gold. So let’s get on with this 5 must haves for your changing table.


1. The changing pad liners. This pieces of fabric with a waterproof backing are going to take all the mess for you while little nugget takes his hands into the poppy diaper and plays with it like play doh (and yes, it happens) so you will only have to change the liner instead of the whole changing pad cover. Saves you time, saves your sweet hands and saves you time changing a diaper. Boom! Clean diaper, clean hands, clean changing pad cover, and the liner goes directly to the washing machine.


2. The nasal mist. As a new mom, you have lived this experience: 3 am and your baby wakes up all fussy because she can’t breathe. The solution: apply the nasal mist according to the directions of your doctor in the nostrils of her nose and wait a little. Be careful when introducing the tip in her nose, so you won’t damage the insides of her nostrils. It will help keep your baby’s nose clear and help her sleep thru the night. Boom! Baby sleeps, you sleep, pure and simple win-win.


3. Healing ointment. We all know that at least once in their lifetime, babies are going to get a diaper rash, it’s like a rite of passage. But let me tell you something: My baby has only had a diaper rash once in his 18 months of life. I freaked out when he got his first diaper rash. I called the pediatrician and he told me that using a healing ointment like Aquaphor or Desitin will reduce the rash and clear it totally from my baby’s bum. I used Desitin and the old remedy of powdering plenty of corn starch in his bum and it was clear 3 hours later. Since that day I can’t stop using my healing ointment. For stronger diaper rash use Desitin and the corn starch. To prevent diaper rash, use Aquaphor.

4. No rinse cleansing water. My all time favorite is the Mustela Physiobebe No Rinse Cleansing Water. Sometimes if the poppy diaper ended up in a big mess, I use the baby wipes but at the end, before I put the new diaper, I moist the baby wipe with some of the Mustela Physiobebe no rinse cleansing water and rub the bum to kindly remove any residue and then pat dry with a last baby wipe.

Sometimes I use it to clean his face and hands, or the palms of his feet, since my baby loves to go bare foot around the house and he gets the palms of his feet dirty from the carpet dust. It’s great to keep babies clean, specially if for any reason you didn’t gave a bath because of the cold weather. 

For these ocasions, I damp a cotton ball with some Mustela Physiobebe No Rinse Cleansing Water and wipe his body using as many cotton balls as needed. It smells nice and cleans well. So now you know how to keep baby clean on a cold day.

5. Diaper pail. This is a no brainer, right? Where are you going to throw away your diapers if it’s not on a diaper pail. I can only add that you need to learn how to put the mechanism together. One more thing, you can use diaper pail bags or a tall kitchen bag, whichever are more resistent and fit your budget. This investment is going to keep away the bad odors and trap them in the diaper pail. When the bag is full, you can open the diaper pail, tie the bag and dump it in the trash. New bag, clean nursery, no bad smells.

So there you go, five products that make my life easier when changing diapers. And just so you know, I never mentioned the disposable diapers or baby wipes because those ones are implied when you say NEW BABY, right? If you forgot them, just add a box to your shopping cart, and preferably buy the sensitive skin baby wipes kind to avoid parfums and other chemicals. Baby wipes are a precious resource when being a new mom because you can never have enough until your baby is potty trained. I think that diapers deserve an article by itself but that’s a new story coming soon!

Now tell me, in your experience what other products do you consider basic for your changing table? Is there any other item that you would add to this list? Share them in the comments below to the best use of the rest of us newbie moms.

9 thoughts on “The 5 must haves for your changing table”

  1. After going through the changing tables of 3 kids, I highly recommend the brand Mustela. It’s so great for the baby’s skin! Not just the cleansing water but also the creams and ointments.

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  3. The Changing pad liners and aquaphor made our life so much easier! Great article… I’ll keep all this in mind for the next one! 😊😊

  4. I never had a diaper pail with our first and I can’t quite justify getting it for him since he will soon be two, BUT I definitely want one for my second! I have coconut oil on our changing table instead of regular diaper cream. It works great! I had no idea about the no rinse cleansing water. Sounds awesome though!

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