Changing a diaper in the car can be tough, but dirty babies wait for nothing! Diaper changes can happen anywhere – even in your car! Today we’re talking how to change a diaper in the car with a DIY Car Diaper Changing Station!
If you’ve ever driven around with a baby, chances are at some point you’ve felt the dread.
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Baby is screaming and the only reason it could be is that baby has a dirty diaper. Whether it’s a full on diaper explosion or just a normal wet one, it doesn’t matter. You need to do a car diaper change.
How to make a DIY Car Diaper Changing Station
The key to making a car diaper changing station is having everything you need on hand at any given time. The best way to do this is to create a basket or bag you ALWAYS keep in the car. Here’s what I recommend:
What to pack in your car for baby:
- Diapers, obviously.
- Wipes in a resealable bag.
- A change of clothes.
- A changing pad that folds. (Mine came with my diaper bag)
- A zip top bag for stink diapers.
- Diaper cream, in case you notice rednes while out and about.
- A cloth of some kind in case things get messy.
- Pen and paper to note and remind yourself you need to restock.
- Hand sanitizer for after.
The key is to ALWAYS have this well stocked. Yes, you could use your diaper bag, but the fact of the matter is that we don’t always remember to keep that well stocked either.
Also remember to change out diapers and clothes as your baby goes up a size in diapers.
Tips for Changing a Diaper in the Car
It might sound silly, but you should have a method for changing your baby. If oyu need some info on the basics, here is how to change a girl diaper and how to change a boy diaper
Either way, here are my best tips for changing your baby’s diaper on the go.
- Choose your spot ahead of time! Know where you can easily change you baby in the car before you head out. In my truck, we change the baby on the tailgate or on the passenger seat floor. In my Honda Fit, we used the trunk. In the mini van, I found the trunk or the front seat easiest.
- Gte everything out and laid out before you even take out the baby. Even if she’s crying, get you area prepped. If you’re not 100% focused on the baby while changing, it could be dangerous.
- Put the baby back before cleaning up. Buckle baby back into his car seat before putting the diaper changing stuff away.
- Fold up the diaper like a pro!
Okay, so tell me – what’s your car diaper changing essential? Let me know in the comments!
Kristy from Southern In Law says
Yep, you’ve got all the essentials! One thing I learnt when nannying full time was that you can NEVER go anywhere without being prepared for a diaper change 😛
Yeaup You’ll inevitably have a gross one in the most inconvenient places! Every single time.
Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday says
I love driving and totally miss it when I’m back at school. My mom and I have been known to just drive around for hours, chatting, exploring, etc. Road trips are fun, too, and my family spent a couple summers driving up and down the east coast in early high school. We’ve been to a fair few places, but those are some of my favorite vacations 🙂
LOVE the addition of the pen/sticky notes. With everything from cleaning supplies to food, if I don’t write down what I need as soon as I run out of it, I’ll forget about it until I need it desperately. No bueno. And that’s the perfect solution!
We’re really big on driving just to drive – Alex loves driving (obviously) and I’ve always loved sitting in cars (I’m actually weird and not a huge fan of driving, ha!) so we’re been prepping the boys for long drives since Ryan was born – I know their lives will be filled iwth many, many road trips!
Heather @ Polyglot Jot says
I love those portable changing pads that fold up and look like a clutch! So cute and convenient!
I didn’t even know they were a thing until my diaper bag came with one! They’re so cool!
alexandra @ my urban family says
This is a great idea! It always amazes me (and not in a good way) when parents leave the house without things like this!
I mean, I’ve forgotten to refill my diaper bag more than once, but that’s why it’s important to have a billion and seven back up 😉 people who don’t definitely are confusing..
The Geeky Mama says
I never leave the house without most of this! I don’t know how anyone could just run out the door and be fine, because I always seem to run into some sort of mess. I have never had them in an adorable container like that one.. I have an obsession with boxes (like the one above). So this would give me a good reason to buy a new one! 🙂 Thanks again for sharing!
I love cute boxes as well – I use any excuse I can find to buy them 😉 People who leave the house unprepared are crazy pants – especially since with kids!!
Jenna @ A Savory Feast says
This is SO smart to have in the car! You never know when you will forget to add extra diapers to the diaper bag or you are gone longer than expected and run out. I already had a basket like this in my car but you gave me some ideas for things to add to it! Thanks for joining us at the Wednesday Showcase this week.
Love the idea of a diaper changing station in the car! It would make all-day outings so much easier than carrying so many items in your bag. And after having twice gone through the one potty training and one in diapers phase, I definitely can agree that having both in diapers is a bit easier. Thanks for joining us at the #happynowlinkup!
Yes! We’re out all day a lot and public changing rooms totally skeeve me!
April J Harris says
What a fantastic idea! I think you’ve included just about anything you could possibly need – and I love the tip about the zip lock bags!! Thank you for sharing with the Hearth and Soul Link Party. Tweeting!