Wednesday, November 03, 2010

everyday life - diaper changes

Another baby staple we don't have aboard is the ever present diaper changing table. When Zach was a wee sprout, we set up a proper diaper changing spot complete with the official pad and terry coth covers. It was at the foot of his bed (which he was not sleeping in, we co-slept)) and it worked out quite nicely.
(Zach's room circa 2004)
Well, now the boy is fully occupying that space. And we don't really have an equivalent space to dedicate to diaper changes. So Naia gets a towel. Oh the sacrifices of the second child. The towel also has a lovely changing pad on top that my friend Shanon made for us. We roll it up and plop it down where ever there is a clear space for the dirty diaper deed. Sometimes it's the foot of our bed. Sometimes the floor of the salon. And often it's the book nook.
That doesn't stop Zach from his book nookiness. He just curls up his long legs, scrunches up his nose at the diaper aroma, and acts like we're not there. It's not fancy, but it works.

9 comments:

Joy said...

Look at all that baby skin! I don't know how you manage babyhood aboard sometimes, but you do! :)

Erin J said...

I'm on child #3 and I have completely given up the changing table too. We use a towel or a changing pad and keep it in a small basket with the accessories. We spread the pad on the couch or floor and go to it! It is so much easier this way.

I'm liking your "everyday life" series. Having lived for years in a single-wide mobile home, I was used to dealing with barely more space than you have there and I did many of the same things. Now that we're in a house, I still use many of the space-saving and simplifying techniques I learned then. Life does not have to be full of "stuff" to be full of love. :)

Fruitful Harvest said...

So fun~
Some friends of mine spend a few years on their boat with their twin boys several years ago.

How long have you been on your boat?

Peace and Blessings,
Georgiann

Charity said...

We use a blanket or towel, as well! We got rid of the change table years ago, it just seemed not worth the space it took up, you know?

MaggieO said...

I am loving these everyday life posts! Keep 'em coming! :)

mare said...

our house is super small (like a boat!) we opted out of a changing table, too. to be honest, it never occurred to me to get one. its so easy to put down a towel and changing pad - just like you guys do! floor, sofa, bed... your boat must be nice and toasty! as i type this, my fingers (in new york) are almost numb. i think its time to turn on our heat soon!

Obaitori Spiritual Mothering said...

Congratulations, you have found the magic answer to all parenting issues, "Whatever works." Katie

HeatherLee said...

We have never used a changing table. I seem to remember being given one for the first baby. I am pretty sure it made a great storage area for something. But, changing a baby up in the air always makes me nervous. I keep changing stuff around the house (and we have lived in some small places, too). There are usually diapers in the bathroom, bedroom and living room. I have a little basket in my living room with cloth, paper, wipes, and it makes a great spot to catch all those little wandering socks and babylegs.

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