Keep baby’s diaper changing necessities all together in this cute DIY Caddy, complete with a chalkboard label, fabric ties and divider! Place it on the dresser or changing table for easy and quick access! This would also make a perfect baby shower gift for the first time mom!
We’ve reached the stage in baby milestones where the wiggle worms take over! 🙂 My sweet boy is six months old now (I’m still in denial), so sitting still is not something he ever does. But I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I still laugh when I’m holding him at the table and have to put my plate halfway across it in order for it to be safe from his grabby little hands. 🙂
He’s at the phase where he gets on all fours and rocks back and forth. Crawling is not too far ahead! Eeek! I don’t think I or my house is ready for this. I seriously wish I could freeze time and keep my babies little forever, even if it means never getting a good night’s sleep again. 🙂
But since that’s not possible, I’ll just have to make every minute count. I love capturing the kiddos in those candid moments, like this particular day where my babe was having the best time with a colander. Life’s simple pleasures, right?
He fills our home with so much joy. I wish I could say that diaper changing was also a joy, but up until about a week ago, it was getting tricky to say the least! He gets a kick out of rolling over while I’m working on it. It’s basically like a wrestling match that I always come out of it a very tired loser. Sometimes I wish I had four arms!
So I decided to try my hand at streamlining the process by coming up with a station of sorts with all of the supplies in one convenient place.
I filled it with powder, lotion, rash ointment, wipes, baby cologne, and of course a rattle toy to act as a distraction.
I headed to Smith’s Food & Drug and grabbed some items to stock the basket, like our favorite Huggies Snug & Dry diapers. As a busy mom with an even busier baby, I appreciate that they come with up to 12 hours of leakage protection with triple layers to absorb quickly and help stop leaks so my little guy can stay dry for longer.
Shop at Kroger during the “Baby Me” Event going on between 3/20/16 – 4/2/16 and spend $40 on participating baby items so you can receive a $10 off coupon good towards anything at Kroger (while supplies last)!
Huggies Snug & Dry are new and improved now with better protection at a better price and trusted leak lock protection! When baby’s happy, I’m happy, and so often his mood is governed by the status of his diaper. So a comfily-diapered baby means mommy is content too!
I love that I have easy access to everything I need now when it’s diaper changing time. The wrestling match may still ensue, but I come out on top and save much-needed energy for other things, because heaven knows I need every ounce of that I can get. 🙂
Here’s what you’ll need to make this cute and very functional Diaper Changing Caddy:
- A large basket (mine measures 17″x11″)
- Fabric Fat Quarters or larger scraps (I used one piece of one pattern and then two pieces of a coordinating pattern)
- Chalkboard Spray Paint
- Small Scrap piece of Wood (Mine measures 5 3/4″ x 2″)
- Chalk Marker
- Huggies Snug & Dry Diapers and other basket fillers
- Sewing machine
- Glue Gun
Gather your supplies and let’s get started! Let me first say that I am not much of a seamstress, so we’ll keep this pretty painless and stress free.
First spray paint your wood scrap on both sides and allow it to dry completely while you’re working on the next steps.
Cut three strips of fabric from your fat quarters that are 4″ x 22″ long. Cut one piece that measures the same amount from your coordinating fabric (in my case, the elephant print).
Sew the three strips together, matching right sides together so you’ll have one very long strip that will go all the way around your basket with enough length left to tie. (Of course you’ll need to measure and alter these lengths if your basket is a different size).
Now fold right sides together again and sew down the long side, backstitching on both ends to secure. At this point you can sew one end closed if you’d like or if you’re like me and want to leave them raw, proceed to the next step. Next, turn it right side out and iron it flat with the seam in the middle. You can hand stitch the other opening closed at this point if you want finished ends.
Tie the strip around your basket, ensuring it’s wrapped tightly around. Repeat the steps for the coordinating fabric tie, sewing down the side and turning it right side out (sew the ends closed if desired). Now tie the strip around the existing knot.
Measure the inside of your basket and cut a piece of cardboard to fit snuggly inside as a divider. My basket sloped in, so I had to cut it accordingly to fit.
Wrap a piece of fabric around the cardboard piece and trim so you’ll have a very small overhang. Now grab your glue gun and, working quickly and in small sections, glue the fabric to the cardboard piece, tucking the raw edges inside and under and trimming as necessary, to create a clean, finished look.
Label the mini chalkboard and hot glue it to the fabric knot. Place the divider inside your basket, fill with Huggies Snug & Dry diapers and other baby necessities and you’re good to conquer that diaper changing session, no sweat!
My baby’s dresser just got a lot more stylish with this fun and practical accessory! And now I’m not frantically grabbing for things here and there while holding him down. I love the feeling of organization and order, especially with a sweet little busy boy in my care! And now I’m totally winning at diaper changing!