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  • How to Create a Diaper Changing Station and Make It Nursing-Friendly in a Small Home

    Having a baby? Maximize your small home with these tips and smart space hacks
    by Cielo Anne Calzado .
How to Create a Diaper Changing Station and Make It Nursing-Friendly in a Small Home
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  • Here’s a fact: your little one will accumulate more things as he grows. Organizing his belongings alone will be challenging, especially if you only have a small house. Add to that his regular needs like changing diapers and breastfeeding that require enough storage and room to move around in. We’ve gathered tips and hacks to make sure you’ll have a special spot for these two important things even if you’re low on floor space.

    How to create a diaper changing station and nursing nook in your home

    Find an accessible space

    Interior designer Vera Villarosa-Orila, mom to Bravo, suggests keeping this two-in-one station nearby. “Best to keep the nook in the bedroom or whichever room the baby mostly stays in for easy access, of course. Accidents happen, so it’s best that you have a space allocated to diaper changing and nursing. Easy access and organized supplies will help a lot. Also, being organized can go a long way, especially for moms who lack sleep,” she explains.

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    An unused corner in your bedroom, preferably by the window, can be transformed into a diaper changing/nursing nook. Once you’ve identified the space you can use, proceed to tip #2.

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    Make it comfortable

    When it comes to nursing your baby, both of you must be comfortable. Breastfeeding World, a community blog for moms, notes the importance of having a roomy chair when it comes to setting up a nursing nook. Whether it’s a rocking chair, a slipper chair, or a comfy seating piece you spotted in the mall, make sure the chair fits in the allotted space and you can sit on it for hours. Many moms reward themselves with a new ottoman or a foot rest so they can put their feet up while breastfeeding.

    Don't forget to add a blanket or fluffy pillows to make it extra relaxing! For affordable pieces, visit Mandaue Foam.

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    Prioritize storage

    Invest in bins and baskets that will help store and organize baby care essentials and keep it within reach. Vera likes using open storage and baskets.

    “It makes for easier access to the things you need. Store your needs in separate baskets. I have a bigger basket for general diaper changing supplies like diapers and wipes, to name a few, and a smaller one inside to hold supplies for two to three changes only. I like the small basket because I can grab it anytime and change his diaper anywhere in the house. You can also use a chest of drawers or a trolley with shelves to hold your supplies,” she explains.

    She adds, “Meanwhile, for nursing supplies, like your baby’s bottles and your pump the same rule applies. Keep related items in baskets. Bottles, teething items, pacifiers, and the like must be washed and sterilized after every use.”

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    A trolley can be a good option and ideal for a small space — you can move it from one spot to another easily. Find bins, baskets, and a compact trolley at SM Home.

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    Look for alternative pieces

    Those who have the luxury of having a nursery opt for a traditional changing table that’s bulky and takes up space. If you only have a corner to work with, there are alternatives you can look into. Apartment Therapy lists “a dresser, bureau, or desk at a suitable height and width and commandeer the surface for a few years. When your baby is out of diapers, you still have a functional piece of furniture.”

    Think long-term —  invest in a piece that you can still use around the house even if your little one is no longer using diapers. A foldable table (available in home depots and furniture stores) is a space-saving option you can consider. Many choose to get a dresser and just utilize the surface on top by adding a changing pad.

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    Decorate your corner

    Aside from preparing the home for the arrival of your baby, feel free to decorate your nursing corner with charming prints and décor. “Use a cluster of baby-related prints and photos to hang above the area, like a gallery wall. You can also use your baby’s toys to spruce up the space,” suggests Vera.

    Keep it clean

    Babies are susceptible to diseases. Keep your diaper changing/nursing nook clean and sanitized to avoid clutter, germs, and bacteria. Dust the area, give it a good sweep, and make sure you disinfect all nooks and crannies. Make sure you regularly clean your bins and baskets, too.

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