Prepare your diapers. Nothing is more annoying than having a squirmy, crying baby on the changing table and having to stop to stuff a diaper. They don’t like waiting, and I don’t like the threat of being peed on looming over my head. So pre-stuff your pocket diapers, turn your AIO’s right side out, and neatly arrange your prefolds. Make grabbing a fresh diaper one step.
Store the diapers out of reach. I am fortunate enough that my changing table has drawers, which keep prying toddler hands out most of the time. If drawers are not an option, consider installing a shelf within reach of the changing table to keep baskets of diapers in. Trust me, it’s no fun to re-fold your diapers over and over.
You don’t want to be digging through piles of diapers in an attempt to find a wipe. Keep your wipes in the front of the drawer so you can grab them quickly. Similarly, keep your overnight diapers together to make it easy to get your baby ready for bed, especially for grandmas and babysitters.
Fold your cloth wipes. FACT: cloth wipes develop some serious static cling. I ward this off by neatly folding them and placing them in piles in the top drawer of my changing table. I also organize them by diaper type (wet, dirty, or really dirty) because I am anal like that, which comes in handy when those really dirty diapers come along.
Keep everything handy. When you change a cloth diaper you need three things close by: the new diaper, a wipe, and wipe solution. You may also occasionally require diaper rash cream. Keep it all close at hand. You shouldn’t step away from the baby once she’s on your changing table, so store everything right there. I keep my wipe solution on the changing table, and everything else is stored in the top drawer. I can stay in front of Vicki the entire diaper change, which is convenient, as she likes to attempt to roll off the changing table sometimes. That girl always keeps me on my toes.
If you’re not using your diapers for a while or you’re in between babies, store them in a cool, dry place in an airtight container. Strip them before storage to ensure that they are clean and residue-free. When you’re ready to use them again, do a quick hot wash with no detergent to get rid of any potential dust that may have accumulated.
How do you store your cloth diapers? What do you need to keep within arms reach for diaper changes?---------------------
Jessica von Wallenstein is a stay at home mom who chronicles her parenting adventures at MomEinstein.com. She has a daughter born in September 2010 and a baby boy on the way and will be buried in cloth diapers for the foreseeable future.