The first thing I want to state is that I am sharing these photos and information NOT because I think I have it all figured out (suggestions for improvement are always welcome!!), but because this set-up is working well for us, and I thought some elements of it might work well for others, too. When making the shift from disposable to cloth diapers, it was extremely helpful to my thought process to be able to look at other mamas’ blogs and see how they had set up their cloth-diaper-changing stations. The pictures and notes I saw gave me great ideas and inspiration about how I might set things up in my own home using the space and storage options at my disposal. They also helped me to anticipate things I might need that I hadn’t thought of yet. So with that disclaimer in mind, here’s a super-quick run-down of how we have organized our cloth-diaper-changing station at home.
Below is a photo of the hand-me-down change table we were fortunate enough to inherit long ago. It has two shelves beneath the changing platform. On the bottom shelf, we store things like blankets, sheets, and random odds and ends. On the top shelf, we’ve designated 3 canvas storage bins to the 3 types of cloth diapers we use for Zander: GroVia Hybrids on the left, GroVia All-in-Ones (AIOs) in the middle, and Bum Genius Elemental AIOs on the right:
Just to the left of the changing table is the shelf pictured below.
The bottom 3 shelves hold Zander’s clothing, in canvas bins that have been labeled for his daddy’s convenience.
The 2 clear plastic drawers on the left (2nd shelf down from the top) hold BabyKicks hemp inserts, which we tuck into the Bum Genius diapers for extra absorbency during the night or long naps. The clear plastic drawer in the top center contains a mix of bamboo Warmies and GroVia cloth wipes, which we keep warm in the Prince Lionheart Warmies Wipes Warmer (on the top shelf) with water only, no soap. Just below this are Planet Wise Diaper Pail Liners, and to the right of these are socks, leg warmers, and hats. (The pump thermos peeking out in the background is there because we used to fill it with hot water each morning and use that to dampen our cloth wipes–it was a really great system, but then we discovered the wipe warmer, which is even better).
In the top 2 pouches (hanging off the right side of the shelves), we keep the GroVia Organic Cotton Soaker Pads. The bottom 2 pouches contain GroVia BioSoakers for when we’re on the go (we haven’t used these yet, but it’s so nice to have the option with the hybrid diapers).
The top shelf contains a myriad of random things, such as lotions, thermometers, organic cotton balls, vitamin D drops, and a GroVia Magic Stick. We use Planet Wise Wet/Dry Bags in our diaper kit when we’re on the go, and they’re fantastic. (I also use their mini wet/dry bag for my personal feminine hygiene needs, to store my organic hemp Willow Pads in my purse).
Finally, not pictured, but situated between the shelf and the change table, are a laundry hamper for dirty clothing and a 13-gallon stainless steel trashcan with a lid, which we use with a cloth liner as our diaper pail.
Below are photos of the three types of cloth diapers we’ve chosen to use.
First is the GroVia Hybrid Shell. These are great for when we’re going to be out at play groups or running errands. We chose snap closures for all of our diapers after trying out some hook and loop closures and realizing what a hassle those are–and how damaging they can be–in the washer/dryer (they really rip things to shreds if you don’t tuck in the tabs properly). Pictured here is the hybrid shell with an organic cotton soaker pad. The pad snaps into place in the shell with 2 snaps, or you can use a disposable Biosoaker insert instead. As I mentioned before, we haven’t used those yet, but we have them on hand just incase the need arises. What I love about the hybrid shells is that, often, only the cotton pad gets wet/dirty, and you can just pull that out and insert a fresh one, re-using the outer shell without having to wash the whole diaper each time!
Next is the GroVia AIO. It comes with one built-in organic cotton pad, and another that snaps into place just beneath it with a single snap. You can add additional cotton or hemp inserts if you like, which is nice. This diaper is so trim fitting, comfortable, and easy to use, it makes me want to cry tears of joy.
Finally, the organic Bum Genius Elemental AIO. This one is a bit bulkier than the GroVia AIO, but it is sooooo wonderful, especially for prolonged use, such as nap-time or night-time. We add a super-soft BabyKicks hemp insert at night for even greater absorbency. No leaks = happy and well-slept toddler and mama, and who doesn’t love that?