Contain the Contaminants
- What: Waterproof Changing Pad Liner
- When: Birth to potty training
- Why: Easy clean up, affordable
- Where: Amazon
Don’t feel like wasting your towels on small creatures that poop themselves six or more times a day? But don’t want to spend much money on things that will only ever be used to prevent poop from spreading?
Invest in a couple of changing pad liners. You can spend as much as you want on brands that travel well, like Skip Hop’s Pronto. But at home and on the go, if you want to stick to basics, a couple of bare bones liners will do the trick.
Even if you bite the bullet and get a changing pad, or even a dresser or changing table, it never hurts to have a liner on top. It isn’t anywhere near as cute in nursery photos, but in the pitch black middle of the night when you change your infant’s third poopy diaper, you won’t care how it looks. You will care that you can just toss the entire thing in the laundry bin or cloth diaper bin and whip out another clean one in a snap.
If space is limited, a liner works wonders for utilizing the floor, sofa, or bed as a changing area.
I used a smaller square liner on the contoured changing pad itself, and the larger rectangular size for my bed and any other fabric I didn’t want to try and scrape poo off. I folded my liner and tucked it into the bin full of clean cloth diapers, so I could pull everything out in one motion with one hand. I owned two or three larger ones, and four smaller ones when we had two kids in diapers, and that more than sufficed. I always made sure I had a clean one tucked away just in case of a poop emergency. And once it got poop on it, I finished changing that diaper without whipping out a fresh liner. I usually used disposable wipes to contain the mess and switched out the liner once I removed the poop from my child and myself.
I’m sure you can get fancier models if you want the nursery to look nice, too. But I don’t see the point of pooping on expensive materials or ruining cute patterns.
My liners had a bad case of lint from multiple washings by the end of our time together. But they still worked great at preventing any liquids or solids to contaminate any other layers. Now if I only I had mastered keeping babies’ wiggling feet out of the mess, too.