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I’d like to think that after almost 15 months of parenting, I’ve got this whole “motherhood” thing figured out for the most part. I know when my child is hungry, when he needs a nap, and when he just wants a cuddle. I’ve learned plenty of mom hacks, but in 15 months, I still hadn’t figured out the most basic mom hack of all: having a separate diaper caddy for our downstairs. Until this morning.
As I went to unlock the baby gate at the bottom of our stairs, I totally had an “aha!” moment when I realized that I didn’t have to schlepp up and down the stairs for every single diaper change – with a growing toddler who’s still not yet walking on his own, no less!
Here’s what I quickly put together to make diaper changes even that much easier in our house.
Super Simple Downstairs Diaper Caddy
I actually hit my head, turned to Judah and said: “I can’t believe I never thought of this before now.”
Something to Hold It All
First, I needed something to store everything. I wasn’t looking for an elaborate set-up like we have in his upstairs changing table, just some basics to have on hand. I had this basket leftover from Judah’s first birthday and it was the perfect size for everything I needed.
It’s not hard to find baby wipes in our house… we practically have a tub of wipes in every room. Even so, I always feel like when I’m looking for a tub of wipes, they’re nowhere to be found… well, now I’ll always know where I can count on one tub of wipes in our downstairs diaper caddy.
Lotions and Creams
I did not expect to get as many different samples and tubes of diaper creams and lotions than I did at my baby shower – and they all still have good expiration dates! I grabbed a couple of tubes of diaper rash cream and some hand sanitizer to keep in our downstairs diaper caddy.
Plastic Bag Tube
Since we have a diaper pail upstairs in Judah’s nursery, I still wanted to save myself a trip up the steps if I can. Rather than just tossing dirty diapers right into the trash, I can wrap them in a plastic bag first. I took a paper towel roll and covered in some scrapbook paper and decorative tape to give it a little more staying power. When it gets low, I can just stuff it with more plastic bags.
Tucked Away and Easily Portable
My new downstairs diaper caddy sits right on top of Judah’s tub of toys in the living room and I can easily move it to wherever I need it downstairs. Whenever I need to change him, I can just grab a towel from our linen closet to turn any surface into an instant changing table. Voila! Piece of cake.
Seriously… how did I not think of this sooner?
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