22 February 2006

Waterproof crib mattress pads as portable diaper-changing stations

Amazon: Waterproof Quilted Multi-Use Pad Amie (with four boys at home: 1, 4, 7, and 35) should know a thing or two about diaper changing efficiency.

My favorite tip to pass on to new parents is to invest in 4-5 waterproof bassinet- or cradle-sized mattress pads. I first started using these at home and keep one at every diaper-changing station in the house (one upstairs, one downstairs). They provide more coverage than regular changing pads and since they are waterproof, they work better than blankets. I can use them on the floor, the bed, or anywhere and not worry about leaks. Cleaning is easy, just throw them in the wash periodically and use a little stain treatment if needed. They are also pretty cheap to buy and last a long time. I have been using the same ones for a year now.


Later I swapped one out with the so-called "changing pad" that came with my diaper bag. The waterproof pad is thinner and folds up more compactly, taking up less space in the bag. But since it is larger overall it does a much better job of covering up the public restroom changing table or floor. This is especially handy when your baby gets bigger and wriggly and those itty-bitty changing pads cover their backs and rear ends only.

Using these will also let you create your own "diaper" bag if you don't like what you see out there that's labeled a "diaper" bag. I got a larger women's bag from a discount store that was cheaper than either of the two "official" diaper bags I had at home. It holds everything I need for the kids and me and fits my style too.

Related: Changing pads keep car seats dry after pool time


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Can you link to a site selling them online? Thanks!

I've added a link to some cute, soft pads at Babystyle (two per package). You should also be able to find them at Target and the like.


Link above is for the pads at Target. They're Circo Quilted Sheet Savers. We've been using them and LOVE them! You can also get them at BabysRUs, but online - they're the really big ones.

We use these all the time. In fact, since our 3 mo. old sleeps in our room still, we put these over his crib sheet and use it as a changing table. Works perfectly!

this is genius. I'm adding two more to my registry now!

Going to a king tempurpedic mattress to the floor has done some damage. ;) My flight leaves back to LA tomorrow. A beautiful long vacation almost

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