Even in my most organised mode I had not even considered that there was an art to how to arrange the top drawer of your changing table/chest of drawers! Taking advantage of the 3 weeks (which ended up being nearly 4) that I had between finishing work for maternity leave and D-day I was visiting a friend who had recently had twins and she not only showed me her nappy drawer but said I may want to take a photograph!!!
It turns out that before she went into hospital to have her twins, the nanny that she had got to help in those crazy early days completely reorganized the top drawer of the changing table…
Whether you’ve got room for bits and pieces next to your table or you have a pint-sized nursery for a pint-sized person like we do, here are my top tips for making sure you always have what you need within reach. (This is vital when dealing with a small, wriggly person and some unsavoury substances!!)
- Number 1 purchase…. IKEA DRAWER DIVIDERS…. Inexpensive, easy to store…. and so so useful for keeping all those bits and pieces separate, and stopping balls of cotton wool from getting muddled up with everything else. These also come in very useful for tiny socks, gloves, outfits etc…..
- What you need to hand:
- Bowl of water (not in the drawer!), we put ours on the window sill, which was driven by lack of space but actually means it’s well out of reach of wildly flailing little hands and legs….. sidenote: I would 100% add ‘top and tail’ bowl to the list of ‘unnecessary baby items’ – we have only ever used ours as a bowl of water for nappy changing
- Large cotton wool balls for washing (so much more useful than small ones)
- Large cotton wool pads for drying… personally I never found rolls of cotton wool useful, way to fluffy and liable to shed
- Nappy cream – ointment for nappy rash (the yellow Metanium is the only one that’s worked for us) plus a nice moisturizing cream (Weleda nappy cream – this didn’t sort out nappy rash for us but in combination with the Metanium it did the trick)
- Nappies – obviously! (I’m going to do another blog post on types of nappies as that’s a whole other world)
- Nappy bags
- Wipes – even if you don’t use wipes all the time they are sometimes necessary for large explosions
- A roll of loo paper – see above!
- Pampers disposable changing mats – again, see above (when you know your dealing with something nasty, it’s just so much easier)
The only things that are at the back of my nappy drawer and have never been touched are cotton buds – I’m still not sure what I would need these for, for a baby (please enlighten me if you know?!)
So, there you go, it may seem crazy and over the top if you haven’t had your baby yet but trust me, when you’re running on empty, having everything to hand is priceless!