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Where do you change baby?

We are wondering if we really need to spend money on a changing table/dresser (to put the changing pad on).  Do you change baby on a changing pad at a specific changing location or do you use the floor/couch/bed etc?

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  • Bed and couch... I have a changing table with my pack n play... but it takes too much time to flip and buckle... by that time my little one will be fussing or crying.
     
     
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  • Floor, bed, couch, and changing table.  I like having a changing table in place of a dresser at this point.  Ours has a shelf mid-way down and then at the bottom, so I have 4 bins that sit on the shelves organized with clothes. I usually use the changing table when I'm getting her dressed in the morning and then after her bath to get her in her PJ's for the night.  Once she's in her crib all night long, she'll be changed in the middle of the night when necessary but right now she gets changed on the bed.
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  • jbatchjbatch
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    I always use my changing table.. Only the first two weeks did I change her on the floor because I was to uncomfortable to go up the stairs..
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    We always use our changing table...

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  • With DD1 and DD2 I use the floor more than anything. Just lay a blanket out and do it. Or my bed. We didn't get a changing table for DD1, we did with DD2, and it just seems inconvenient to take her all the way to her room. I just leave diapers/wipes in the living room.
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  • Changing table that's attached to our PnP.
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  • I used the changing table every single time with DS1, unless we weren't home.  He has never been changed anywhere else.  DS2...yeah, we use the couch, bed, wherever!  Totally not a necessary purchase; although my couch did get some poop on it today.  A washable changing pad might be a good purchase.

     

     

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    Generally the floor.  We put a changing pad on top of his long dresser in his room and we use that first thing in the morning and right before bed.
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  • Changing table only.  I can't imagine not having one, and it's nice to use the shelves on it.  I have a boy, and if we used the couch, it would have been covered in pee several times.

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  • smfdjosmfdjo
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    We take the changing pad from the diaper bag and change on floor.  Not running to his room every time he needs to be changed.
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    DD tinkled on my couch after her bath before i could get a diaper on her. Granted there was a towel under her but a little leaked through. I cleaned it but still...I won't tell if you don't.

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  • I have a changing pad on top of the dresser in her room and a changing station set up there so we use that in the mornings when we get dressed for the day and in the evenings after her bath but during the day, I'll usually just change her diaper on the floor or couch of the family room where we hang out, unless I am changing her entire outfit.
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  • Our changing table is an ikea dresser so it does double work. We always use it. I would never change DS on the couch; he loves to pee during diaper changes.
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    Couch and floor for now. When we move him to his room, we will use the changing table at night and in the mornings. We got a crib with changing table attached, his room is tiny and there isn't room for a dresser/changing table.

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  • The floor. I have a storage bucket that I have the essentials in: diapers, wipes, diaper cream and an emergency change of clothes or two, plus a thin blanket. For most changes, I grab the bin and sit on the floor.
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  • I use the changing table, and it was a life-saver after my c/s. Stooping was super uncomfortable for a few weeks. Now I still use the table for diaper changes, but use my bed for clothing changes. 
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  • Always the changing pad on the dresser. I assume you'll get a dresser anyway? A changing pad and cover is only like 40. Our house is one level and just next to our room and down the hall from the living room, so it's really not any faster to change him elsewhere.
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    I have a boy, and if we used the couch, it would have been covered in pee several times.


    This. Also, I had mobility issues after my c section. It would have been a couple of weeks before I could have comfortably got down on the floor or used a low surface for diaper changes.
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  • We always use our changing table. Personally I would hate sitting/kneeling/leaning over to do it on the bed/floor/couch. I think it is just personal preference. Also, we don't have a second floor so it is not as if I have to go upstairs to change him which makes it easier as well. 
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    Always the changing pad on the dresser. I assume you'll get a dresser anyway? A changing pad and cover is only like 40. Our house is one level and just next to our room and down the hall from the living room, so it's really not any faster to change him elsewhere.

    We have a dresser that was given to use but its 5 drawers and its tall and skinny.  It would not work to put the pad on top.  I was hoping for a 6 drawer dresser that was shorter and wider.  We do have one in our room but I don't know if we want a changing station in our room.  It is an option though.

    Thanks for all your opinion/suggestions! 

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    We always use our changing table...

    This. Even for my 2.5 and 3.5 year old.

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  • At home, we use the changing table everytime.
  • Changing table, always. It has everything accessible and is healthier for your back, being so high. The drawer with all of his clothes is right under him, I don't have to leave his side. 

    When we are out the car backseat trumps public bathrooms, but I will take him if I need to. 

    Beds at people's houses. 

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    image MKC12/22/2006:
    Our changing table is an ikea dresser so it does double work. We always use it. I would never change DS on the couch; he loves to pee during diaper changes.


    Same here. Changing pad ontop of dresser. I used to change him wherever but he peed on my bed too many times so now we change just at this spot.

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  • I have a folded towel on the bathroom counter -- between the sink and the toilet.  For now, that is where we change lo.  He's in cloth diapers and we use cloth wipes so it's handy to just turn on the faucet to wet the wipe. 

    We did change him on our bed for the first few days after coming home from the hospital -- until he pooped and it shot all over the bedding at 6am -- even with a waterproof mat under him. 

    I'm hoping we're in a house with more changing space options before he gets too big to use the counter top.

     

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  • we thought it was a complete waste of money to buy a changing table! all it really is is a dresser with a pad on top! i change my daughter anywhere lol. the floor, the bed, the couch, etc.
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