One of my favorite IKEA purchases in recent months in the Svira Box. It comes in all different sizes and I originally bought a big one for storing hats and gloves and all the other winter stuff that ends up lost on the floor of our coat closet every year. Each time I’ve been back to IKEA since, I’ve bought more. I love the muted, quiet color and the opening on the end to add a label.
So, while I love the colors and pattern of my son’s cloth diapers, I don’t have any interest in using them as a decorative feature in my home. And… as I have searched for storage ideas, I’ve seen a lot of decorative solutions- that just weren’t for me. The changing table is in our dining room… so we’re trying to create a look that says, “don’t mind me,” not “poop happens here and so does your dinner.” The Svira Boxes have worked great for us! I keep them full of diapers on the shelves of my $7 (SCORE!!!!) Salvation Army changing table. Hang a wet bag or two from the top and voila! Diaper changes are no big deal.
Fewer diapers are changed here in my son’s bedroom than in our dining room. This pegboard is functional, but doesn’t store many diapers. I’ll share our diaper storage solution and the downstairs changing table(who doesn’t want to deal with poop in their dining room?) in another post. This pegboard was a fun project to do while I was nesting… which at my house looked like a craft store exploded. This project was much tamer than any of the wreaths or crib mobiles I crafted! I bought the frame at a Salvation Army for $4 and there just happened to be a pegboard behind the picture. The letters are cardboard and came from Hobby Lobby along with the buttons and other fun accents. I think I found the 8×8 frame at Hobby Lobby too. I found the wire baskets at Home Depot. My spray bottle addiction is fueled by IKEA… and I actually am planning to go back for more… After painting the pegboard white, I hot glued the letters and black frame to the pegboard. I made the “You are My Sunshine” decoration in Google Presentation (like Power Point) and you are welcome to print it out if you’d like to use it!
When I started this cloth journey, I promised not to stress myself out. I’d give it a whirl, but there would always be disposable diapers and wipes in my house… guilt free! I wanted to take it slow and ease in. I knew I could use disposable wipes with my cloth diapers, and evaluate the wipe situation later. Why add any undue stress, right? Wrong.
Imagine this: You’re changing a disposable diaper, using some regular old disposable wipes, straight out of one of those facial tissue style pop up boxes. You wipe up what ever stinky mess your little one has created, putting each wipe into the soiled diaper, only to roll up the diaper (full of the used wipes and mess), fasten it closed with the hook and loops, and toss it into the trash.
Now rewind. If you stuff those same disposable wipes into a cloth diaper, they’ll end up in the washing machine with the diaper. Does that sound good? Of course not! But if you don’t… where will you put them? That’s what I wondered, as I held a poop covered wipe in one hand and my baby’s (still messy) legs in the other. I gazed over at the trash can… but that didn’t feel right either. So, after awkwardly dropping each soiled wipe into a plastic shopping bag my husband held… we made the switch to cloth wipes. And, I kept that habit of putting messy wipes into the messy diaper and rolling the whole mess up. I just toss it into a wet bag instead of a trash bag. And, on the subject of moistened wipes. Again, Pinterest and blogs and FB groups had so many different suggestions, that I felt overwhelmed. I was scared that if I used the wrong essential oil, my baby might have a reaction, or if I pre-moistened them and stored them, they’d grow mold. So, after days of hemming and hawing, I decided this was too big of a decision to make, while sleep deprived and delirious. In the meantime, I grabbed the spray bottle we used to quiet our dog when the UPS truck came, and sprayed each wipe as I needed it.
That spray bottle became a staple on my changing table. And for 99 cents each at IKEA, I later bought a sea foam green TOMAT spray bottle for my diaper bag, another for the changing table downstairs, and a handful more just in case. And eventually, Chloe the Wonderdog came to fear, or quiet down, both when faced with her original pink spray bottle as well as each of the sea foam green IKEA spray bottles.