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#1 of 7 Old 01-17-2008, 02:39 PM - Thread Starter
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With my first we used only disposables. I'm considering using cloth at least some of the time with my next who is due in august. I don't really know anyone who uses cloth so I'm still trying to understand the logistics of it
With my son, we had a changing table and diaper champ in his room and I only needed to go into the bathroom after I was done changing him to wash my hands. How does with work with cloth, do I need to set up a changing station actually in the bathroom so I can dump the contents into the toilet? I would also like to use cloth wipes with water, so I'm thinking I need to be by the sink for that or do I just keep the wipes in a container of water?? I am pretty clueless, please help!
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I used a regular changing setup in dd's bedroom, with diapers stacked up ready to use, and dry cloth wipes in a basket. I kept a spray bottle with water in it on the table and would spray down a wipe as needed. When I kept them damp, either in a warmer or just a plastic container, the wipes tended to get mildew. If she had a poopy diaper, I would fold it up and set it aside while I changed her. After she was all taken care of and safely off the table, I would take the poopy dipe down the hall and dump it/rinse if necessary in the toilet. I kept a wet bag in the bathroom to put those diapers into. In the bedroom I had a diaper champ at first, then when her cloth diapers were too big to fit down the chute, I switched to a wet bag in the bedroom too. I washed the wet bags with the diapers so they didn't get stinky.

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Here's a recent thread where people posted pictures of their changing stations.
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It just depends so much on your lifestyle!
We unschool, so there's no telling what we'll be up to on any given day.

If we're "out", I have a large diaper bag, because we may go through 10 dipes in a long day "out".

At home, I have a laundry basket with a wetbag for a "liner", and a second basket with clean dipes and a wet-pad for changing on - these get toted around, usually to our bedroom at night, and the living room during the day, but sometimes my "office" as well. A wheeled cart would be nice, but we make do. When the wet-bag/basket gets full and the clean basket gets empty, it's time to do laundry <LOL!> I only wash the wet-bag when it gets soiled or smelly, because I only have one ;->

We usually change dipes on the floor, or the bed, or the couch, or... wherever we are.

I've never owned a changing table- I'm 6' tall, and most of them are kinda short - and I'm lazy and prefer sitting for diaper changes.

But I know lots of people who love their stand-up-changing-tables. So it just depends on what works for you.
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We have a changing pad on a dresser and diapers in the drawers.

I got a sports bottle with a formula logo from my OB in their big welcome package (the bag was actually quite nice!) and use it for my wipes solution. I have an old plastic wipes tub and just fill that full of wipes and squirt them down. That way I don't have so many wet at once that they'd get moldy and I have solution ready if I run out of wet wipes.

I am lucky enough to have two pail liners but really wish they were draw-string tops so I could take it easily on over-nights and also so things wouldn't go back in it in the wash.

I'm sure that once DD gets more active I'll move the whole operation to the floor like I did with DS. Right now, he's in sposies and we change him on a mat laid on the extra twin in his room.
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We have a change table with all the dipes folded. Baby faceclothes in a basket for wipes and a dollar store spray bottle filled with plain water. We use a small kitchen garbage can as a diaper pail, and have it lined with a Bummis tote (sz. L) I used to wash the wetbag irregularly, but I've just bought another one, so I now wash it everytime.

Because DS isn't on solids yet I don't do anything special with a poopy diaper, I just stick it in the pail. When he is on solids, I will lay the diaper to the side and finish with him and then deal with the diaper in the bathroom.

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I have a regular dresser/changing table. I have two diaper hangers--one with fitteds and one with pockets. Covers are kept in the first drawer. I use wet cloth wipes in a wipes warmer. My pail is a Simple Human pail from Target w/ a Bummis wetbag in it. I have two, so I was the liner everytime. She is still EBF, so I don't do anything about the poop unless its a special fitted that i don't want to have any stains.

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