Tip{py} Tuesday: DIY Diaper Changing Table


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If you haven’t figured it out by now, my pretty thrifty; I’ll even say I’m cheap. I feel if there is a way to save I’ll try and do it; but extreme couponing- no. I also like to repurpose and make a challenge of it. I also like to save my furniture and decor. One thing I have learned from moving so many times is not all your furniture may for in this house but it can in the next. Also, not every bathroom you have will be completely pink (walls, tile, floor, toilet- you get the picture). So I have a few totes full of different color pillows, curtains and bathroom ensembles. I try to make all my furniture fit some how just in case I have an office in the next house I lack in this one. Which is how the office desk got turned into a diaper changer.

It really was quiet simple and totally reversible. I did think about painting it (which you can. There is a great spray primer out there that would cut time in half) but realized I hate pink (the color I would do) and I would just have to repaint it ever time we moved to match the next house. Way to much effort. So here’s how I did it-

Supplies
4 cafe rods
Fabric
Sewing machine or no sew tape
Nails
Hammer

Took our old desk we had no room for in our new home. It was a $100 Sauder desk from Walmart with a hutch and a lower cabinet for the computer.

Next, I went to our local, and only, fabric store with height and width of the desk measurements from the floor to the top of the desk (not top of the hutch). Remember to measure the front and sides. I hit up the back room where they have bundles or fabric remnants and bought in bulk. I always want extra fabric to make coordinating projects. And buying from the remnant sections allow me to buy extra.

After I got home, I whipped up a couple of hems on my measured out fabric. I used the hem as the pocket to run the rods through. Once I got the fabric panels on the rods I told my curtain rods and nailed them to the front and sides on the desk top.

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As a disclaimer please watch your children when they are being changed. There are little white straps on most diaper changing pads that allow you to screw them to the changer as a anchor. Additionally, you can cut a few pieces of scrap 2×4, paint it and attach it to the top of the desk to create a lip to keep the pad on and adds a little more security.

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Tricare/Therapy Thursdays- DIY Weighted Lap Bag


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Several times we have tried to use a weight lap bag or vest for Bug. Typically his teacher tells us its a distraction for fun time and plays with them more than it is helpful. But that is not the case for every child.

A weight lap bag can provide a grounding of sorts for the child. I have often heard Bug has a hard time with spacial awareness. He just isn’t quite sure where his little body is in reference to the world around him. He is everywhere! Upside down, right side up, hands in his mouth, head buried in a couch cushion and the list can go on. He often reminds me of a rubix cube someone is working to solve that is getting all twisted around. He just doesn’t understand where his body stops and the world begins. Having a weighted blanket, lap bag or vest can often help give them boundaries and make them feel safer in their environment. But their cost can be astronomical if insurance doesn’t cover it.

We use a heavy quilt during times of Bugs infusions to provide comfort and security for him. A friend of my moms makes “comfort quilts” for those she feels needs a little extra hug at times. Bug and Diva were recipients of them. Even though, at their age, they don’t understand the generosity of another individual; they know their quilts are something special and use them on a daily basis.

But enough about what a lap bag can provide for your child. Here is a great DIY lap bag idea I conjured up to make your own for home or school. And it’s so cute! I got the idea from Bugs school. They use some commercially made one. But I knew there was a easier, cheaper and DIY way to do it. Then I remembered the rice sock.

The rice sock is a great little invention our teacher told us about during our birthing class for Bug. She told us to fill up a tube sock with uncooked rice. Then instead of fumbling with cords of a hearing pad, to heat the sock up in the microwave. It is amazing and holds its heat for quiet a while.

So I took that concept and altered it a little. But the sock was too short. So I searched around for another source. We were playing with some neighbors dogs when one of them ripped all the stuffing out of their toy. Creating this long tube sock like casing. Ta da! All I had to do was go to the local pet shop and search for a similar toy to gut. The only other item needed was the rice. But it needed to be washable. So I looked up what was used in the commercial made weighted lap belts- poly pellets.

Next all you need to do is know the formula for your child’s weight vs the weighted item your making. Therapists say the most recent research suggests blankets should weight 10% of the persons body weight. However, since lap blankets are smaller and more condensed you can do 5% and make sure it weighs no more than 3 pounds.

All you need to do is add the appropriate amount of weight and sew up the open end.

**Update** After searching the web for a little more information on how to make these, I ran across Stacy’s at post at Starfish Therapies. Great minds think alike. She has some additional ideas on how to create one, materials to use, and other uses for the weighted lap pad.