At some point shortly after my son was born, I found a diaper pad for sale, which happened to match his car seat and seemed to be the perfect diaper changing solution for whenever we were on the go. It had a mesh pocket attached for the wipes and another for the diapers and it folded up into a compact little bag with a carrying handle on the top. All who laid eyes on it made comments like, “Oh, how cool is that changing pad?” and “What a great idea for a changing pad. So convenient!” And I would add, “Oh yes, and look, it matches his car seat.” I was so proud of my fabulous and functional find. I used that bag every day until one fateful day in New Jersey. We had been visiting my parents and had one day left of our visit before we had to leave on a plane to return to Texas. We took the doodle to an indoor trampoline park and somehow, I managed to leave the changing pad behind. I called the trampoline park but they couldn’t find it and said they would call if they did. They didn’t call. I didn’t have time to get back there and look myself and I was on a plane headed for Texas the next day. The changing pad was gone.
Sad face, now, right? Well, maybe not, because now that it is gone I have to come clean.
That thing was SUCH a PAIN!
Here’s the thing – more bells and whistles does not always equal better. It really bothered me that I would often need the wipes for things other than diaper changes – like wiping up a mess while on the road – and I would have to unfold the whole dang changing pad to get to them. The diapers were squished so tight in their little snug mesh pocket that getting just one out when I needed it was a challenge, especially when I only had one hand – you know – because the other hand was holding squiggling, poop smelling, very unhappy baby. And the handle? NEVER needed it. I threw that thing in a larger bag whenever I went anywhere. It was just too much. So when I lost it, I saw my chance to correct my mistake. This time, I was not going to buy some fancy changing pad, I was going to make one. And it was not going to have anything it didn’t need. I present to you:
The Lazy Mom’s DIY Diaper Changing Pad
Made from materials I already had in my house in a matter of minutes and with absolutely ZERO unnecessary bells and whistles. No, I won’t be selling this one in my shop – it’s just for my use – so I didn’t mind being lazy about it.
The fabric: The doodle received a sewing machine for her birthday. She asked for it. Really. She wanted it. And the first thing she wanted to sew was a pillow for her brother. I am not making this up. It was her idea. We found some adorable”What happens on my tractor stays on my tractor” fabric and it seemed perfect for the job (note: Papa owns tractors – more than one – and the boy already loves them – so it really was perfect)! I did the hand-sewing to close the opening and helped her guide the fabric a bit a times – but she did a great job and she was really proud. And he liked it! The best part? I had enough of that fabric left over because I thought I would do a few things for the craft fair in it but ran out of time. Perfect. Fabric for changing pad. Check.
In addition, somehow I have had in my possession for two years and have been moving from place to place with this waterproof mattress pad thingy which I have not used at all. I saw it and thought: That will be the part I change him on – so if it gets messy, I can just wipe it clean and any mess that does get on it will not seep through to the awesome fabric side.
Finally, I have about one hundred yards (okay, that might be a slight exaggeration) of quilt batting, so that’s what I used to pad the…um….pad.
Okay, simple as can be, here is step 1:
Cut your fabric, batting and waterproof stuff to whatever size rectangle you want. I cut mine to 18 1/2″ X 31″ and the finished dimensions are 17 1/4″ X 29 1/2″
Sew your quilt batting (I imagine you could use felt or some other thick material) to the wrong side of your fabric. I simply sewed a line down the middle of the rectangle and then two more lines on either side of that line – mid-way between the middle line and each edge of the rectangle. It really doesn’t matter how you attach it. You could use a big X or any quilting style you want.
Line your fabric (which now has batting attached) right side against the right side (waterproof side) of your waterproof liner/mattress pad/whatever material you want to change the baby on. Sew around the edge with whatever seam allowance you prefer (I think I used a 3/8″ seam) and leave an opening for turning on one of the edges (maybe 6 or 7 inches). Here are my three layers sandwiched together:
Cut your corners to reduce bulk if you feel like it. (Remember we’re being lazy today so you don’t have to – but it WILL help).
Turn the whole thing right side out, turn in the edges of the opening you left, and top stitch around the entire pad (which will close up your opening).
Here it is turned:
Tada! You have a changing pad. This thing is big enough and thick enough that I could even use it as a nap mat for him while traveling, I think, which is great because he has a matching pillow, thanks to his big sister!
I thought about making a little bag to hold it with a pocket for the wipes and diapers and such and then I remembered my goal – NO bells and whistles. I can fold this thing up, toss it in the bag I already use for diapers and wipes and be done with it.
I hope your day has been as easy as this changing pad, and I’ll see you back here with more fun projects (some lazy, some not so lazy…maybe)!