Monday, February 20, 2012

The Powder Room/Downstairs Changing Station

A mom friend of four (almost five) once told me the best thing you can do with more than one child in a multi-story home is to have a diaper changing station on the main floor. Fast-forward a few years, and I designed our powder room to be just that.

Here it is right as we were moving in:


Then I added some accessories, since I was still pregnant with the baby, and it wasn't such a big deal to just stand my son up on the counter to change him:








And now, with a little baby, here is what it looks like now:




It is one of the most functional spaces we have. The top drawer under the changer holds baby diapers, sensitive wipes, and an extra outfit. The second drawer holds diapers for our son, and thick wipes. The bottom drawer holds extra toilet paper and trash bags for the trash can that is just on the other side of the door, in the toilet room. The potpourri (from Ikea) works great to mask odors, and the basket on the counter is for baby laundry like burp clothes and blankets. This lets me avoid trooping upstairs each time the baby spits up. The little tray under the hand wash was a wedding gift, and I love how it fits right in to the color scheme. Notice the small potty under the bench in the toilet room. It works both as a potty for potty-training, as well as a step so our daughter can reach the handles to wash her hands on her own.

It's different from the master bath upstairs, but both are given over to the practicality of life with little kids.




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23 comments:

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

You are so clever! Oh, how I wish I could custom build my very own house ...

:)

Linda

Megan said...

AWESOME! We have one bathroom and it sucks! Words cannot even express how jealous I am :)

Erika . . . with a K said...

What a great little space. I hate that I have to go upstairs to change the baby. It'd be so nice to have a space on the first floor for a changing area!

Laura from Top This Top That said...

My hubby lost his side of the vanity when I used it as a changing table for my kids. Now that I no longer have to hoist them up to change diapers- he dos'nt know how to use the space!:) now following u on Linky.
laura

Julie @ Knot All That I Seam said...

What a great idea! Wish we had had one of these. We did have 3 change tables at one stage, one in each bedroom and one downstairs! ;) x Julie

Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch said...

What a great idea, especially with water and soap so handy, too. Love all the storage!

Jo-Anne's Rambling said...

Love the bathroom so cool I wish I had a large bathroom with a cool vanity but no I have a sucky bathroom

Western Warmth said...

Your house is gorgeous! You must be a great designer!

Nicolette @ Momnivore's Dilemma said...

That is dreamy...and so functional!

Sarahsworld said...

Oh how I wish I had one of these when I was changing diapers! Great idea. Good for company with small children too! It was always embarrassing to have to ask for a good place to change my kids.

Linda said...

Looks nice.

I'm following you now and would love to have you come by and follow me also. Best wishes, Linda

Krystle @ Color Transformed Family said...

That would be wonderful to have downstairs in our house. I just keep a pack and play set up in the living room to use as our changing station downstairs. It is nice having a place to change her upstairs and downstairs though.

chateau chic said...

Great idea for a changing station on every floor! If only the blogging world was around when I had babies. :-)
Mary Alice

Our Delightful Home said...

This changing station is too cute. I would love for you to stop by and link up at my linky party via: ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

PS: I am your newest Linky Follower

Mrs. Delightful
Ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

Ellie said...

Love this idea! We have one tiny bathroom, so I've never been able to do it, but it's so practical!

Carol said...

Great idea! This would have worked well in the house I USED to have - but now I don't own a 2-story and my kids are grown (but I am "expecting" a grandbaby in June!) However, it is a cute idea!

Jen Migonis said...

Brilliant! I am gaga over your counters! Nice work!
You can check out my project at www.migonishome.com; I made a tufted headboard.
Jen

Tricia said...

I love that you have this set up in your downstairs bathroom! So convenient! (And lovely!)

makingitfeellikehome.blogspot.com

Bliss said...

Brilliant to add a spot for diaper changes, in of all places the bathroom! You know how many kids I changed on my floors, counters, dining room table, bed? LOTS!

~Bliss~

Jen Lossing said...

What a wonderful idea. You will be so glad you did that and not have to worry about running up and down the stairs. Great job! Beautiful powder room!

Yash said...

I hadn't even realized it: that one would need a baby changing/potty station in tiny powder room that one usually has to make do with, in a multi-storey house. It's so essential (duh!) - for our own use/little guests that are bound to be a norm with kids in the house! Very nicely done Jessica!!

Brooke @ Inside-Out Design said...

SUCH a great idea!!

Mari del Valle said...

Hi, I love your blue cabinet could you please tell me the color you used? Thx!

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