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I love everything about cooking. I love to cook, find new recipes, watch cooking shows, etc. My brother is a chef and I love chatting with him about flavor combinations and knife skills. So, the art of preparing a meal is something I’m familiar with. I’m no culinary master, but my hubby loves my cooking so that’s what matters.


One thing about cooking that is very important (and you know this very well if you’ve been watching Worst Cooks in America) is prep work.  Before the oil hits the saute pan, you always want to make sure you have all your prep work done.  Veggies chopped, spices measured out – or at least dug out of the back of the spice cabinet, meat trimmed and prepped, everything ready to go.  In the culinary world, this is called your Mise En Place.  In French, that means everything in place.  Chefs and avid home cooks alike will tout the importance of having your mise en place before getting started with cooking.  Why is this so important?  Well, if you get halfway through the recipe and realize you need to thaw a bag of peas or chop an onion, you then have to stop everything you are doing to switch gears and get that next ingredient ready.  In the meantime, whatever you have cooking can overcook or even burn.  Or, you may be so rushed to chop that onion and get it into the pan that you maybe aren’t being as careful and cut your finger!  In any case, mise en place is key.


What my hubby and I have realized is that this theory of mise en place is just as critical at the changing table as it is in the kitchen.   We always keep the changing table well stocked with everything in arm’s reach.  Diapers, wipes, lotion, aspirator, diaper cream, q-tips, nail clippers, baby hair brush, baby powder, and more are all ready to grab.


There’s more to it than that, however.  Just as in your kitchen most things are within arm’s reach, you still need some prep work before turning the burner on.  With the changing table, it is even more critical to have your mise en place – ESPECIALLY in the case of a poo-splosion.  So, what is the proper mise en place for our changing table?  I thought you’d never ask…


For your standard wet diaper:

  1. Get out new diaper, open up and hook over the side of the changing table
  2. Open wipes box and separate out 3 or 4 wipes (this is important because the wipes are folded together.  You need 3 or 4 in case there is an unexpected poop streak)


For a wet and poopie diaper:

  1. Get out new diaper, open up and hook over the side of the changing table
  2. Open wipes box and separate out 5 or 6 wipes


For a poo-splosion diaper:

  1. Lay down cloth diaper or similar onto changing table (this is so you don’t have to wash the changing table cover)
  2. Get out new diaper, open up and hook over the side of the changing table
  3. Open wipes box and separate out 7 or 8 wipes – with a poo-splosion, you are pretty much sponge-bathing the child
  4. Delicately remove soiled clothing, attempting to keep as much poo off the child as possible, and set aside for laundering


These steps for each type of diaper change need to happen before the dirty diaper is opened.  There isn’t too much of a difference between them, but the subtle differences are critical parts of the mise en place.  If you open a poopie diaper and you only have a couple of wipes at the ready, you’ll be elbow deep in dooty before you can say booty.  It’s all about the mise en place.  Like a boy scout or a chef, you must always be prepared!


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