Hi friends! Happy Tuesday!
Hope everyone’s week is off to a great start. Today is my FIRST day on my own with my two little guys as Drew heads back to work. Wish me luck!
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There are a couple things that have been SAVING us as we tackle this two under two situation we have going on over here. Today, I wanted to share the parenting hack of creating a changing station aside from the nursery!
Our laundry room makeover:
Drew and I decided that we were going to do a laundry room makeover before our second babe arrived. Sure, the before picture is a little embarrassing…but, it is REAL. It became a dumping/storage ground and we knew we needed to make a change and get more organized.
Drew and I knew that we wanted to have a changing station on the main level of our house. When Max was a newborn, we mostly changed him up in the nursery. This meant a trip upstairs for every.diaper.change. I knew there was no way this mama of two was going to be able to do that. Since Drew is the neat freak of the two of us, he was adamant that he wanted a plan for the dirty diaper situation we were about to experience. We decided that we would transform a spot in the laundry room into a second changing station. It has been going SO well!
I would HIGHLY recommend making a changing station in your house! It has been incredibly helpful and keeps us WAY more organized. We were singing the praises of the new spot on Saturday when we had no less than 10 poopy diapers between the two of them. It has been additionally beneficial because Max can easily follow me as I attend to Trey. He even put a wet burp cloth into the hamper for me the other day when I asked him to! We love giving him little tasks that make him feel like a helpful big brother!
What you NEED:
Playtex® Diaper Genie® Complete: Ya’ll, we LOVE this. It is far better than the one we had before for a couple reasons. 1) THE FOOT PEDAL! Makes mama life SO much easier, especially for the squirmy toddler. Use your foot to pop open the lid and toss the dirty diaper right in. The opening is also bigger and completely opens when you are pressing the foot pedal (our other one you had to shove the diaper into). I’m trying not be too dramatic about how great the pedal is, but you NEED a pedal. Drew said he LOVES the Diaper Genie. I would highly recommend adding this to your nursery or changing station. Bonus: it comes completely assembled for you, making mama and daddy life EASY! Save yourself the mess and just get this one from the beginning!
Playtex® Diaper Genie®Disposal System Refills: We’re happy that Playtex also sent us the refills right away since we’re going through diapers at a record pace. These are designed to help hold in the odor and can hold a lot of diapers. I would recommend ordering these right away so that it doesn’t slip your busy mama mind and you have them ready to go!
Other than that, we only had to buy the diaper storage caddy (filled with half Max diapers/half Trey diapers), wipeable changing pad (wipeable is another parenting hack, please get a wipeable changer) and hampers (both from Home Goods)! We didn’t get too fancy with decorations or anything, we just needed a practical space to help make our lives easier.
Washer and dryer close by: It has been insanely convenient to have our washer and dryer close by. As I’ve been mentioning, between Trey’s ability to super soak through a diaper and my overflowing supply…we’ve had a lot of laundry. Trey’s hamper is closest to the changing table. From there, I’m able to easily and quickly throw Trey’s clothes into the wash and make sure we have fresh onesies constantly. A complete bonus that the nurse suggested is that while I’m cleaning him, I throw his swaddle and new onesie into the dryer. This way it is so cozy when I put it on him.
Maybe the laundry room wouldn’t work for you, but perhaps there is another room or spot in your house that would! Looking back, I wish we would’ve done this the first time around, too!
Hope that helps some of you as you tackle the busyness of parenthood.