This is our diaper changing station, also known as CT central command in a stay at home dads endless fight against the forces of urine and feces. From here (in the name of truth, justice and a dry butt) I wage war on things that would seek to cause diaper rash and lots of fussiness. I have everything I need within easy reach so that I am prepared to respond quickly when my son craps up his back or tries to pee in my face. Starting from the right, light, garbage can, diaper genie, towels, vaseline, wipes, non sterile 4×4 gauze pads, uncovered changing pad, pacifier(not visible) regular diapers, overnight diapers, extra wipes, extra gauze and extra diapers. There are other helpful items we store on the shelves such as burp clothes and blankets but the focus of this post is on diapering.
I get lots of questions about the gauze (which by the way can only be purchased online) so I will explain it by walking you through a typical “O pissed his pants again” scenario. I set him on the pad, take off his pants, open his onesie and pull it up around his armpits in case he pees. I find that his Pamper’s Swaddlers are clearly wet due to the yellow line turning blue. So I grab a short stack of two gauze pads, open his diaper and put the gauze on his junk to prevent him from peeing on me. This has the added benefit of absorbing much of the urine if he pees, plus if needed I can quickly grab more to soak it up before his back and butt are covered. I grab a wipe, move the gauze and quickly wipe him off. I then blot him dry with one side of the gauze. This step is important for preventing diaper rash so do not skip. I flip the gauze pads over and put them back on his junk so that the damp side is up.
The next step is applying Vaseline to his leg creases and all over his butt/everywhere in between. Vaseline is important because it creates a barrier so that the next time he sharts or wets himself it will not stick to his skin and irritate it. The other benefit is that during the next diaper change you will wipe off soiled vaseline instead of trying to scrub the excrement or smelly liquid off of his skin. It’s also cheap so there is no reason to be stingy with it. Then I use the gauze to wipe the vaseline off my finger and get another diaper ready under him. I start to close up the diaper and quickly remove the gauze followed by the buttoning up of his onesie. I roll everything up in the diaper and toss it in the garbage can. If it’s a turd filled diaper it goes in the diaper genie to add to what will surely become an epic poop snake.
That’s a typical diaper change for my little man! Having everything easily accessible makes this process a lot easier and the more often you do it the faster you become. As a stay at home dad I get lots of practice! A special thanks to my father in law for building the side shelves and to our CT friend Debbie for giving us the (insert furniture name here) that our diaper changing station is built around. Whats your diaper changing secret technique? Do you have any must have items that you keep where you change your baby? Any questions about what we have on our changing station? Leave a comment!