Friends, let me tell you the story of this DIY Change Pad. When I first started planning our nursery, I really thought I would be able to power through the entire thing in a weekend and emerge on a Sunday night with a pristine styled baby room to share. In reality, the room sat there full of moving boxes for several months, while I purchased bits and pieces to decorate with and piled them on top of the existing cardboard mountains. Eventually, we built the crib. Then, a few weeks later, we painted. Then more recently, built the dresser. Then again even more recently, we put up shelves. It should be noted that in all these cases “we” means I sat in the rocking chair and drank tea while Bryn did things. Either way, I’m now 37 weeks pregnant which means Peanut could come any time- and I am just now starting to actually decorate the space. Whoops!
We decided to go with a dresser and a change pad instead of an actual changing table. I thought it would be better value for money if we could keep the furniture as Peanut grows up, and the dresser was nice and cheap. We filled the top drawer with all our changing supplies, feeling like we made a good call. Then I started looking for a change pad to put on top, and immediately became “indignant grumpy pregnant lady” because they are stupidly expensive! If someone could explain to me why a rectangular piece of foam costs $50, I’d love to know. And that’s not even counting the covers you have to buy to go over most of them! Ridiculous.
Anyway, after determining that I would not be forking out over $50 for something that literally serves as a platform for wiping poop, I decided to make my own. And even with my questionable DIY skills, it turned out perfectly! The best part is that it cost me approximately $15 and took less than one hour of my time to make. Wins all around I’d say!
You Will Need:
- 1 twin-sized piece of egg-carton foam (found in the bedding section)
- 1 thick-ish vinyl tablecloth (outdoor ones work well)
- Hot glue gun
Decide on the dimensions of your change pad- I wanted ours the same size as the top of the dresser, so I used those measurements.
Cut two rectangles out of the foam, and then another two strips about 4” wide and the same length as your rectangles. (My foam was folded quite flat already so I ended up cutting a piece twice the size I needed and just folding it back down the existing seam!) Cut another two strips about 4” wide and the same length as your rectangles.
Place one rectangle textured side up and drizzle hot glue generously over the surface. Place the second rectangle, textured side down, onto the glue and press down. (You can work in sections if you’re worried about the glue hardening too fast, just make sure your edges line up nicely.
You should now have a sturdy rectangle with a flat top and bottom. Glue the long strips to the long sides of the change pad- these will contour the pad so that baby has a nice little dip to hang out in.
Cut a piece of tablecloth just over twice the width of the change pad, and about 10” more than the length.
Place the foam top-side down onto the center of the tablecloth (make sure the washable vinyl side is on the outside) and begin to wrap the foam like a present. Secure one long side of the tablecloth to the bottom of the change pad with glue, then continue to wrap around the pad, securing with glue here and there, until the pad is wrapped like a tube with excess material on either end. The seam should be on bottom side of the pad- fold and glue the ends securely to that side just like wrapping a gift. It should look something like this!
Your change pad is now ready to place wherever you need! I put a length of non-slip drawer liner I found at the dollar store for $1.25 on top of the dresser, just to make sure it’s not sliding anywhere. The change pad surface itself is 100% washable, but could be a little cold and scratchy for a tiny baby bum. Instead of making a cover I’ve just set aside a stack of small cotton sheets/blankets we happen to have dozens of, and we’ll use those to keep things comfy for Peanut.
This was honestly such an easy thing to make, if you have the need for a change pad it’s definitely worth your time! It would be perfect in a cute pattern as a baby shower gift, and saved us at least $35 that can now be used for other things- like several tons of diapers.