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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?
I have one daughter Kaylen born 2/26/2013
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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milkergirl1:I have a boy, and if we used the couch, it would have been covered in pee several times.
swelniak: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!
JmeJme:We always use our changing table...
This. Even for my 2.5 and 3.5 year old.
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.
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.
Declan JohnBorn 2/21/2013
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.