If I were amazingly organized and my four little ones were always angelic, I might not have the need for a traveling diaper caddy. Alas, these days I am simply asking for a disaster if I leave 2 or 3 children unsupervised while I try to "quickly" change a squirmy six month old's diaper.
Enter the diaper caddy.
This cute little basket has probably saved my sanity as well as prevented any serious sibling altercations while mommy was busy. My first diaper caddy was so successful that I quickly found another basket and stocked a second one so that I would always be ready and never have to leave my cherubs to their own devices.
In my traveling changing station I keep the essentials: a few stuffed pocket diapers, 1 or 2 flats, a diaper cover, a burp cloth that doubles as a changing pad, some cloth wipes and a small spray bottle with distilled water or Diaper Lotion Potion from Thirsties. Easy peasy.
I have found that having a traveling caddy easily accessible has allowed me to stay with all my children and never delay a diaper change – who wants to spend any extra time in a wet or stinky dipe?! The big kids love to help and they eagerly pitch in and choose a role – someone picks out the diaper, someone lays down the burp cloth, and someone gets the cloth wipes and spray bottle ready for mommy. Unfortunately, the same exuberance is not visible when I ask for a volunteer to take the wet diaper to the diaper pail! Surprisingly, mommy usually gets that job!
This diaper caddy is so convenient, I have been known to grab it and head for the car if I realize my diaper bag isn't packed and ready to go. The diaper caddy would be inconvenient for a trip to the mall, but it elicits a lot of "oohhs" and "ahhs" when I grab it from the car at a kindergarten soccer practice – the perfect opportunity to show off a cute CD stash to those curious to know more!
Pack yourself a diaper caddy and unchain yourself from the changing table! You'll love the freedom… I guarantee it.
Erin Brighton, Charlotte, NC