If your babe is anything like mine, diaper changing is a real good time. Landon is one of those kiddos who is always on the go, and he does not like to stop for anything. Those 2.2 minutes where he is forced to be pampered, loved, and made dry once again seem to be a forever battle of wits, patience, and a good set of legs to catch the little bugger.
There is nothing like hearing his laughter as I make my attempt to catch him, and quite the scene (no matter where we seem to be), once I do.
Before Landon came along, I prepared for his arrival with a few simple handmade goodies. Booties, hats, and diaper changing pads sat waiting for him in those last few weeks of pregnancy. The diaper changing pads were a first for me, and I have to say a real blessing. Simple, easy to wash, and light weight to carry has made them a staple in every bag that I take.
As time has gone on, I have made one simple change to the original pad: the addition of pockets. I am one of those mamas who is always in serious need of extra organization, and I try to carry as little as possible with me when we go out. The pad can hold wipes, 2-3 diapers, and a small tube of calendula cream. It folds up into a small square and fits easily into my purse or diaper bag, the bottom of the umbrella stroller, and even the day pack of my Ergo.
Diaper Changing Pad with Pockets
Back fabric (fat quarter)
Front Fabric (fat quarter)
Pocket Fabric (1/3 fat quarter)
Twill tape, ribbon, or bias tape
Batting of your choice (I use either fleece or an all natural cotton batting. The cotton batting gives a very fluffy feel, while the fleece provides a thinner and perhaps easier to fold batting.)
Begin my cutting your front, back and batting into 17 x 22″ pieces. Cut your pocket into an 8 x 22″ piece.
Turn the top, long side of your pocket down by 1/4″, then again by 1/4″ and press. Top stitch all the way across
Pin your pocket to the right side of your front fabric, lining up the bottom edge of the pocket with the bottom edge of the front fabric. Find the center most point of the pocket, and place a pin above as your starting mark. using an air erase fabric marker, draw a line from at the center point from top to bottom to create two pockets, and stitch.
Measure your ties (ribbon, bias or twill tape) into two 8″ long strips. Sandwich your fabrics together by placing the front fabric (with pocket) right side up and the back fabric right side down. Place your ties into the center of the left half of your fabric, between the front and back pieces. Place your bunting on top, and then pin all three layers together. Beginning half way down one side, using a 1/2″ seam, sew around your pad, leaving a 3″ wide opening to turn. Cut your corners, and turn right side out.
Fill your pad with your wipes and diapers.
Fold in half lengthwise from right to left (the ties should be on the bottom half)
Fold the bottom upwards about 3/4 of the length. Take the ties and wrap them around the back of the pad and tie.
Put the pads into your car, stroller, purse or anywhere that you might need them. They also make great baby shower gifts. Wash in warm or cold water and dry on low or out in the sunshine.
While having a little one is always a joy, keeping the house smelling clean and free of bacteria can sometimes be a challenge with all the diaper changing. A few times a week we simmer a pot of lemon, dried peppermint and sweet orange essential oil to keep everything smelling fresh and clean. This is a blend we used long before we had children, but that works wonders on a daily basis now that we do.
To keep our counters clean and fresh, and free of germs and bacteria, we use a combination of distilled water, thyme essential oil and tea tree essential oil daily. This is a must in all of our rooms during the germ filled winter months, but we discovered it can be a powerful cleaner for every day use year round as well.
A little fabric and a few simple ingredients and diaper changing can be transformed into a bit more pleasant of a task.