When it comes to changing your baby’s diapers/nappies you have the option of an infant changing area that can later turn into a space for standing diaper changes, or you can use a modern change table.
Montessori doesn’t have hard and fast rules, it is up to you what you’re most comfortable with for changing your baby’s diaper.
We originally used a change table during early infancy, and once baby was able to stand we attempted standing diaper changes in the bathroom. This hurt my back and was more of a struggle for me, so I went back to a Montessori change table with cloth nappies.
Below I will show you both set-ups so you can get an idea of options and see what might suit your family best.
How to Change Diapers/Nappies Montessori Way
It is promoted to use cloth diapers/nappies when following Montessori, the feeling of being soiled assist the child in tuning in to their bodily functions and assists in toilet learning later on.
I can attest to this, as we were able to complete toilet learning in one week while I had a newborn on my hip before my firstborn turned 2 yrs old. He could tell and communicate to us by 1 1/2 when he was soiled, and once I wasn’t pregnant I was able to begin the toilet learning. But that’s a story for another time =)
The method often spoken of in the Montessori community is the infant changing area in the bathroom, which develops into standing diaper changes with time. This allows your child to associate the bathroom with where pee/poo is dealt with.
Infant Changing Area in Bathroom
This is what our standing diaper change area looked like in our bathroom while we used that method.
The wetbag we hung on the edge of the towel rack and the basket of diaper changing materials was below on the floor.
When standing he would hold on the to the edge of the bath while we would do the standing diaper/nappy change.
Our basket contained a handful of cloth diapers, in this photo we had 3 pocket cloth diapers and 3 prefolds with 1 cover. Also in the basket we had 2 snappi’s and a handful of cloth wipes.
During standing diaper changes the soiled diaper and cloth wipes went straight into the wetbag above this basket, and then we’d grab the new diaper and begin the process of putting on a new diaper while explaining to B what we were doing.
If needed I could easily wet a cloth wipe from the bath tap to clean his bum.
This Montessori approach helps with teaching your child that all toileting needs occur in the bathroom/toilet. In the future this assists with toilet learning and their understanding that pee/poo needs to happen in the bathroom.
Above is a photo of the toilet learning area for L’s older brother B when transitioning from potty to toilet.
B used potty at first due to being so small when he start at 23 months (under 2). He sat on it backwards and would face the mirror by his choice.
Eventually he began wanting to use the big toilet like us, so we invested in a kids toilet seat that attaches to adult toilet.
Our Change Table
As I mentioned previously, my back does not do well changing diapers on the floor, and I do not feel comfortable trying to do them anywhere other than the ground.
What suited our family best was to use a modern day change table, this allowed me more storage in arms reach and was more ergonomical.
The wicker basket has a large wetbag inside and is where I put soiled cloth diapers (after poo-removal if needed).
How I store Cloth Diapers at Change Table
I use a four basket method with 1 mini basket for cloth diapering at our change table.
Basket on the top left has fleece liners, cloth diaper shells, and small/large wetbags.
Top right basket has my pre-folds and work horse cloth diapers.
The bottom baskets both contain pocket cloth diapers which have been great options for daycare, grandparents, and diaper bag.
Mini-basket on the top shelf contains the snappies/diaper pins, zipper pouch with baby nail clippers, diaper rash cream, and cloth wipes.
Essentially I have a little of everything in the cloth diaper realm. I will say with standing diaper changes, pocket diapers are the easiest to use.
This is just our experience with cloth nappies while doing Montessori at home with our boys. I hope it has given you some insight on what you can do in your own home!