Everything You Need to Create the Perfect Changing Station

The top gear to tackle the crappiest job.

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Becoming a parent means life gets better in indescribable ways — and also crappier in extremely literal ones. Your baby is a veritable poop machine, and as with any piece of delicate machinery, you want to operate it with the utmost efficiency in the safest possible environment. Which is to say, you’d better outfit that nursery with an optimized diaper changing station for babies. This list has everything you need to get started. You can worry about turning it into a rocket ship playhouse after you’ve endured your first accidental redecorating.

Changing Table: Delta Children Eclipse

Changing Table: Delta Children Eclipse -- diaper changing station

The centerpiece of the diaper changing station is the changing table, a piece of furniture you’ll think is superfluous until you remember you’ll change upwards of 4,000 diapers before your baby is potty trained. This one is JPMA-certified for your kid’s safety. It’s also stylish, has plenty of storage for all those diapers, and comes in Espresso Cherry.

Buy Now $90

Changing Pad: Naturepedic Organic

Changing Pad: Naturepedic Organic -- diaper changing station

It’s pricey for an unglamorous item, but you want your changing pad all natural for your baby to lay on au naturel. Naturepedic is made of non-allergenic, chemical-free cotton fabric, filling, and support foam (no vinyl, polyurethane, PVC, phthalates, latex, or wool). It exceeds federal flammability standards with no added toxins, and has a food-grade polyethylene coating.

Buy Now $100

Changing Pad Cover: Aden + Anais Classic

Changing Pad Cover: Aden + Anais Classic -- diaper changing station

You wouldn’t buy a mattress without a mattress cover. You sure as hell won’t get away with changing your kid’s diaper on an uncovered pad. This one is tailored for a snug fit, ridiculously soft yet durable, and comes in a variety of patterns to suit your baby’s discerning taste.

Buy Now $25

Diaper Pail: Ubbi Steel

Diaper Pail: Ubbi Steel -- diaper changing station

However much you wish you could bottle that “new baby smell” is also how much you’ll wish to confine the “terrible baby smells.” Put it in a literal steel trap. Ubbi is best-in-class for capacity, ease of use, and keeping nurseries from smelling like bus terminals. Before you skimp, remember, this is a 2-to-3-year investment unless you pay someone else big bucks to potty train your kid … or move to Vietnam.

Buy Now $70

Disposable Wipes: WaterWipes

WaterWipes were awarded the National Eczema Association Of America Seal Of Acceptance and can be used on all of your baby’s sensitive skin, not just the bum. Feel free to test the comfort yourself.

Buy Now $25

Diaper Cream: Boudreaux’s Butt Paste

Diaper Cream: Boudreaux’s Butt Paste -- diaper changing station

Boudreaux’s diaper rash is an effective, gentle zinc oxide protectant that’s free of harsh ingredients. Designed by a pharmacist and father of four — so you know it’s been field tested — it will keep your baby irritation-free as you perfect your diaper changing speed technique.

Buy Now $17

Disposable Diapers: Bambo Nature

Disposable Diapers: Bambo Nature -- diaper changing station

Bambo Nature has won awards for its superior absorption and baby- and eco-friendly materials. The only knock is the cost. But, as you’ve learned, diapers cost more than food no matter what. Might as well buy the best.

Buy Now $78

Cloth Diapers: Rumparooz G2

Cloth Diapers: Rumparooz G2 -- diaper changing station

Save the cloth vs. disposable diaper debate for another day — for now, just understand your options and remember you’ll still have to buy inserts for these reusable ones. Rumparooz G2 are comfortable, absorbent, easy to use, and customizable. And they’re available in so many colors, just like your baby’s poop.

Buy Now $14

Diaper Bag: XLR8

Diaper Bag: XLR8 -- diaper changing station

While there are plenty of quality diaper bags for dads out there, the XLR8 has designated space for everyone’s vitals. Diapers and wipes in the interior pouch are kept separate from your laptop, tablet, and charging cables. Insulated pockets keep bottles and food fresh. There’s even a 7800mAh power bank for juicing up your devices.

Buy Now $55

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