Montessori Standing Diaper Changes

As a part of the Montessori Toilet Learning process, we transitioned doing Baby Bear’s diaper changes standing up since he was about 10 months old. This was the point when he started becoming super squirmy and upset with being changed laying down. After testing out the flow of our new way of changing his diaper, we made a little station for Standing Diaper Changes in our kids bathroom.

My main goals when setting this space up were:

  1. To spend the least amount possible
  2. To only buy things that could be repurposed or reused for another part of the home
  3. To have all important things handy

The things we specifically bought for this corner were the Brightroom cube organizer from Target. Luckily, we got it on sale for $28, originally it was $40, and this Skip Hop Moby kneeler which came in a bath set but if bought individually, it is about $18. To save, you can definitely fold a thick towel instead.

The Keekaroo, caddy and baskets, I already had from our original diaper changing station. I have another blog about that with a list of products used as well.

Since we mostly use the Esembly reusable diapers, I have a bunch of Inner diapers and Overnighter inserts in this Ikea basket. the rest of the diapering things are in the linen closet.

I give a quick bathroom and diaper changing station tour in my latest video on YouTube, so if you want to see how the space is used make sure to check it out!

One of the important things we have is a basket of play things that keeps Baby Bear busy working while we change his diaper standing up. His favorite things that get him distracted for a long time are a book from the Lovevery Thinker Play Kit and his Booty butter. Baby Bear seems to keep longer focus on materials that require him to figure something out too, like the Booty butter, where he tries to take the cap on and off.

There are times when we do not change him standing up:

1. Before bedtime when add an overnighter insert to his (reusable) diaper

2. When he really needs his diaper changed but doesn’t want to and we start to become irritated doing standing changes (Let’s be real, having a willing and cooperative toddler every change is just a dream)

If you are unfamiliar with the Montessori philosophy behind doing standing diaper changes, it really is to support your child’s growing independence in transitioning in their toilet learning process and practically speaking it has helped us have a more enjoyable diaper changing experience since Bodie started showing signs of not wanting to lay down while being changed. 

I would love to know if you do or have tried this approach to changing your young toddler’s diapers, so let me know in the comment section below!

DISCLAIMERS. This blog is solely an expression and documentation of MY journey as a new mom. 

Cliché as it may be: our baby is different from your baby— all babies are different. My journey as a woman, wife & mother is different from yours— we are all different. My partnership with my baby looks different from your partnership— because surprise surprise, things are just different. I do not claim to be an expert in motherhood or being a wife. These are all my opinions, my own research and my own journey. 

It is my hope that this blog helps you navigate yours a little bit easier. 

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Published by baby bear & mama

Just a 29-year-old happily married Asian in America trying to journal her way through motherhood. New mamas this is for you!

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