How to Up Your Changing Station Game

3 Instagram Moms share their changing station set-ups.

How to Up Your Changing Station Game
*We’ve partnered with Skip Hop to help make changing your baby more pleasant. Like it or not, you’re going to spend a lot of time at your baby’s changing station. Whether you’re dealing with a diaper blowout, cuddling post-bath or attempting a midnight quickie (a term with new meaning after you have a baby), it’s all happening at your baby’s changing station. To help you plan accordingly, we’ve partnered with Skip Hop to feature three smart and stylish nursery changing stations from three smart and stylish Instagram mamas. Check out how they’ve configured Skip Hop’s Nursery Style Wipe-Clean Changing Pad & Light Up Diaper Caddy (did you read that right? It lights up!) for their own nurseries, and take notes on their best baby changing tips...before it’s too late. Capen Evans, Brooklyn @capenevans Sawyer, 7 months How would you describe your nursery changing station? Clean, functional and pastel-filled. I like to keep my changing station clutter free for easy and quick diaper changes. One of my favorite things that I have in Sawyer’s nursery is the vintage map of Australia. My husband is Australian so we have a half Aussie baby girl. The map is a gift from her grandmother and it completely inspired the pastel theme of her room. The grey Skip Hop Nursery Style Wipe-Clean Changing Pad and Light Up Diaper Caddy fit perfectly with the color scheme and make the station look very sophisticated, organized and clean. What’s your best tips to make changes easier? I keep all of the items we most use for changes -- her diapers, creams, lotions and brushes -- organized and easy to access in the Caddy. That way, when I am in the process of changing Sawyer, I don’t have to open drawers and scramble around searching for things. Having a toy bar on the Changing Pad is also helpful for distraction during changes. She is such a wiggly little babe on the changing table -- it’s amazing that the mobile keeps her occupied. Got a midnight change strategy? I like to keep Sawyer’s room really dark if I have to go in to feed and change her during the night. If I turn on the overhead lights, it really wakes her up and it takes me much longer to settle her back to sleep. The light on the changing caddy gives out just enough light so that I can find what I need to do a quick change and keep her sleepy.     Mai Ann Nguyen-Miyoshi, Los Angeles @maisassygirl Amelie, 1 year How would you describe your nursery changing station? Since my older daughter Zooey turned 5, we decided it was time that she had her own room, so we had to move Amelie’s crib and changing station to our bedroom. We have the Skip Hop Nursery Style Wipe-Clean Changing Pad on top of our dresser, right next to the crib. Sometimes I put the changing pad on our rug when baby is being too fussy and keeps rolling over. The Skip Hop Light Up Diaper Caddy usually sits on top of the diaper pail, but it’s also easy to pick up and move it to the changing table when I need to. What’s your best tips to make changes easier? Choose a changing pad that’s easy to wipe clean in case anything from the diaper gets onto it. (Yes, this happens!) With Skip Hop’s changing pad, I don’t have to worry about any accidents staining the changing pad. What’s your midnight change strategy? I keep a few diapers in the caddy at all times, and store the rest in the top drawer of the dresser. This reduces the noise and extra effort I have to make to grab a new diaper when the baby’s sleeping. And Skip Hop’s Diaper Caddy has a little light that helps me see! Natalie Thomas, NJ @natsnextadventure Oliver, 5 months How would you describe your nursery changing station? We just moved into a new home and, much like me as a parent, our house (and changing station!) is a work in progress. I’ve started to set up a gallery wall above Oliver’s changing table (worst idea ever for a kicking and grabbing baby?) that still needs a few pieces. I wanted him to have a mirror to look into when I sit him up, a photo of his favorite person on earth, his big sister, and a reminder of how much he’s loved. I adore the little star wallpaper and the clean, functional dresser with cedar-lined drawers. What’s your best tips to make changes easier? Get rid of the clutter. We had a changing table topper, complete with pad and cover, and I was constantly changing and washing it, especially with a boy! Now that I have the Skip Hop Nursery Style Wipe-Clean Changing Pad, there’s no need to strip and wash every time there’s an accident. A portable caddy also makes a big difference. It keeps us organized, and it’s easy to grab and go, if needed for a downstairs or outside change. What’s your midnight change strategy? We put a nightlight in for this very reason, so we don’t have to turn the big, overhead light on and completely wake him (and us) for every change, but that wasn’t practical because the outlet isn’t close to the changing table and we had to bend down to turn it on. The Skip Hop Light Up Diaper Caddy requires just a little flick of your finger -- I can hold him with one hand and actually see what I’m doing without waking him up!


Skip Hop Nursery Style Wipe-Clean Changing Pad, $70

Skip Hop Light Up Diaper Caddy, $40

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By its very nature, motherhood requires some lifestyle adjustments: Instead of staying up late with friends, you get up early for snuggles with your baby. Instead of spontaneous date nights with your honey, you take afternoon family strolls with your little love. Instead of running out of the house with just your keys and phone, you only leave with a fully loaded diaper bag.

For breastfeeding or pumping mamas, there is an additional layer of consideration around when, how and how much your baby will eat. Thankfully, when it comes to effective solutions for nursing or bottle-feeding your baby, Dr. Brown's puts the considerations of mamas and their babies first with products that help with every step of the process—from comfortably adjusting to nursing your newborn to introducing a bottle to efficiently pumping.

With countless hours spent breastfeeding, pumping and bottle-feeding, the editors at Motherly know the secret to success is having dependable supplies that can help you feed your baby in a way that matches lifestyle.

Here are 9 breastfeeding and pumping products to help you no matter what the day holds.

Customflow™ Double Electric Breast Pump

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For efficient, productive pumping sessions, a double electric breast pump will help you get the job done as quickly as possible. Quiet for nighttime pumping sessions and compact for bringing along to work, this double pump puts you in control with fully adjustable settings.


Hands-Free Pumping Bra

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Especially in the early days, feeding your baby can feel like a pretty consuming task. A hands-free pumping bra will help you reclaim some of your precious time while pumping—and all mamas will know just how valuable more time can be!


Manual Breast Pump with SoftShape™ Silicone Shield

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If you live a life that sometimes takes you away from electrical outlets (that's most of us!), then you'll absolutely want a manual breast pump in your arsenal. With two pumping modes to promote efficient milk expression and a comfort-fitted shield, a manual pump is simply the most convenient pump to take along and use. Although it may not get as much glory as an electric pump, we really appreciate how quick and easy this manual pump is to use—and how liberating it is not to stress about finding a power supply.


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Silicone One-Piece Breast Pump

Dr. Brown's silicone pump

When you are feeding your baby on one breast, the other can still experience milk letdown—which means it's a golden opportunity to save some additional milk. With a silent, hands-free silicone pump, you can easily collect milk while nursing.


Breast to Bottle Pump & Store Feeding Set

After a lifetime of nursing from the breast, introducing a bottle can be a bit of a strange experience for babies. Dr. Brown's Options+™ and slow flow bottle nipples were designed with this in mind to make the introduction to bottles smooth and pleasant for parents and babies. As a set that seamlessly works together from pumping to storing milk to bottle feeding, you don't have to stress about having everything you need to keep your baby fed and happy either.


Washable Breast Pads

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Dr. Brown's milk storage bags

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Time-saving formula tips our editors swear by

Less time making bottles, more time snuggling.

As a new parent, it can feel like feeding your baby is a full-time job—with a very demanding nightshift. Add in the additional steps it takes to prepare a bottle of formula and, well… we don't blame you if you're eager to save some time when you can. After all, that means more time for snuggling your baby or practicing your own well-deserved self-care.

Here's the upside: Many, many formula-feeding mamas before you have experienced the same thing, and they've developed some excellent tricks that can help you mix up a bottle in record time. Here are the best time-saving formula tips from editors here at Motherly.

1. Use room temperature water

The top suggestion that came up time and time again was to introduce bottles with room temperature water from the beginning. That way, you can make a bottle whenever you need it without worrying about warming up water—which is a total lifesaver when you have to make a bottle on the go or in the middle of the night.

2. Buy online to save shopping time

You'll need a lot of formula throughout the first year and beyond—so finding a brand like Comforts, which offers high-quality infant formula at lower prices, will help you save a substantial amount of money. Not to mention, you can order online or find the formula on shelves during your standard shopping trip—and that'll save you so much time and effort as well.

3. Pre-measure nighttime bottles

The middle of the night is the last time you'll want to spend precious minutes mixing up a bottle. Instead, our editors suggest measuring out the correct amount of powder formula into a bottle and putting the necessary portion of water on your bedside table. That way, all you have to do is roll over and combine the water and formula in the bottle before feeding your baby. Sounds so much better than hiking all the way to the kitchen and back at 3 am, right?

4. Divide serving sizes for outings

Before leaving the house with your baby, divvy up any portions of formula and water that you may need during your outing. Then, when your baby is hungry, just combine the pre-measured water and powder serving in the bottle. Our editors confirm this is much easier than trying to portion out the right amount of water or formula while riding in the car.

5. Memorize the mental math

Soon enough, you'll be able to prepare a bottle in your sleep. But, especially in the beginning or when increasing your baby's serving, the mental math can take a bit of time. If #mombrain makes it tough to commit the measurements to memory, write up a cheat sheet for yourself or anyone else who will prepare your baby's bottle.

6. Warm up chilled formula with water

If you're the savvy kind of mom who prepares and refrigerates bottles for the day in advance, you'll probably want to bring it up to room temperature before serving. Rather than purchase a bottle warmer, our editors say the old-fashioned method works incredibly well: Just plunge the sealed bottle in a bowl of warm water for a few minutes and—voila!—it's ready to serve.

Another great tip? Shop the Comforts line on to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices. Or, follow @comfortsforbaby for more information!

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The American Academy of Pediatrics says that newborns, especially, do not need a bath every day. While parents should make sure the diaper region of a baby is clean, until a baby learns how to crawl around and truly get messy, a daily bath is unnecessary.

So, why do we feel like kids should bathe every day?

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