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My Solution to Rooming in With Baby

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With only 2 bedrooms in our house, we had to decide how we wanted to handle having another baby.  He is obviously too young to share a room with his brother, and besides that, we co-sleep at least part time.

The main concern was: where will I change the baby’s diaper in the middle of the night?  I didn’t want to use our bed, or the floor.  I considered moving my son’s changing table into our room and buying a dresser/changing table combo for his room.  But then genius struck!  I realized I could attach a changing pad to my vanity if I removed the mirror.  I found the perfect one, which strapped around the table.  Then my husband bought drawers for underneath to store our diapers and the baby’s clothing.

This was worked beautifully for the short term.  Once the baby is a little larger and more mobile it won’t be as safe.  Hopefully by then we won’t need to change him at night anyway.  Wishful thinking, right?

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Kim Rosas began Dirty Diaper Laundry in 2009 out of a desire to help more parents understand modern cloth diapers. She lives in Florida with her husband of 5 years and her two boys. Even though none of her boys wear diapers anymore she is still just as committed to promoting them. In her spare time Kim enjoys video editing, photography, and coffee.
  • Mandy

    Good idea! You alway have to be creative when dealing with close quarters. We live in a two bedroom apartment and while it is bigger than your normal two bedroom we still find ourselves looking for ways to make the most out of the space we have. We are lucky our bedroom is big enough for a crib and a changing table, but if we weren’table to fit a changing table in there I was willing to make our dresser a place for changing.

  • Secret Mommy

    That IS genius! I also found a way to strap a changing pad to the top of my existing dresser (and cleaned out 3 of my drawers to give over to baby) when we had our 2nd child and he roomed with us for several months. It worked great and even made that corner of the room with the glider and changing pad look like “his room.” :)

  • katherine

    i lOVE this idea! we too only have a 2 bedroom house and are going to have to “room in” with our 2nd little one when he/she arrives. Thanks for sparking my imagination on how we are going to do this!

  • Natalie

    I’m so happy to hear other parents making it work in small spaces. We have a two bedroom house but I am planning on keeping the baby in our room for a few months in order to preserve it as a guest room.

  • Johanna Giesbrecht

    This is a great idea. My husband and I live in a one bedroom condo at least until the spring and baby is due at the end of December. I hadn’t thought about the problem of night time changes, but now I have time to think of how to adapt your solution to our little space. Thanks!