My DIY IKEA-sized Changing Pad

Listen, IKEA. I’m already willing to trek through your store, nearly kill myself pulling things off the shelves in your storage section, and basically build all the furniture myself… can you just PLEASE do me a solid and start making a changing pad for your changing tables?! Please?!

Recently, it came to my attention that it was time to get Baby Girl a crib.

So I did what all Millennials do and went to — you guessed it — IKEA.


Stuff?! More stuff?! MEATBALLS?!?!?!


So, Hubs and I (and my parents, because IKEA is the Midwest-person equivalent of Disneyland) donned our game faces and trekked to the land of plenty.

I strapped Jolie onto my chest (because baby wearing rocks), and after winding through approximately 17.3 miles of lampshades, WE FOUND IT:


sniglar-crib__70457_PE185756_S4There it was, in all its birch-y glory.

And next to it, the Robin to its Batman:


sniglar-changing-table-white__08177_PE084938_S4Oh, just look at those clean lines. And only $35?! I’LL HAVE TEN, THANKS.

After reloading with some tasty Swedish meatballs (what makes them Swedish, exactly? Is it their heritage? Their nationality? Their way of life?), I realized – we don’t have a changing pad!

So, I searched.

And I searched.

And after 40 days and 40 nights, God spoke to me:

“Go home, child. There is no changing pad here.”


Amazon, here I come!


I ordered the Summer Infant Contoured Changing Pad, thinking,

“Eh, it’ll fit. These things are all standard size, right?”


It was about 5 inches too long, and stuck off the edges.

After searching the internet (YAY, INTERNET!) I found this tutorial to cut the changing pad to the desired length.

Basically, I (with the help of my trusty and oh-sew knowledgeable mother) cut the side off, cut the cardboard and foam to the desired length, trimmed the outer fabric, and sewed the side back on.

My not-so beautiful handiwork!

After that, I went ahead and fitted on the same changing pad cover I also got from Amazon (this one), which still fits!

11911597_10153582434875996_1460860044_nSo, dear mommies and daddies, if you’re going to buy a changing table at IKEA, and you don’t want to use this awful inflatable changing pad they sell

Just make your own. 🙂

Much love!


Author: Kelsie

Hey! I'm Kelsie. I'm into practical family wellness, healthy meals, fitness, art of all kinds, radical self-love, and limit-busting beliefs. I'm a mom, wife, writer, over-thinker, singer, dancer, and actress. I believe in embracing the present moment, practicing gratitude during life's peaks and valleys, and, most importantly, that loving yourself and those around you can absolutely change the world. Join me as I ruminate about life, love, and the pursuit of hella easy crock pot recipes!

5 thoughts on “My DIY IKEA-sized Changing Pad”

  1. Oh my you are a hoot! I love your writing style. 😉 great job in the changing table. I love ikea too. The closest one to me is in another state! Ugh! So sad…. Oh well so I’m stuck with having to make stuff 🙂 Best to you! Have a great week! Koko:)

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    1. Thanks Koko! Haha this IKEA just opened in my city, and everyone is FREAKING OUT about it… myself included. In fact, I just got back from going yet again (I managed to only spend $10!). Love making stuff anyway – it’s more fun. 🙂 Hope you have a great week, too!

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    1. It’s a little hard to see, but in the sentence “After searching the internet (YAY, INTERNET!) I found this tutorial to cut the changing pad to the desired length,” the word “this” is a link to the original tutorial!

      To be honest though, I didn’t follow that tutorial step by step exactly. Once you cut open one side of the changing pad, it’s pretty simple from there. 🙂 Plus, it’ll be hidden by a changing pad cover anyway, so it’s not even super necessary to sew the side shut. 😉 Let me know if you have any other questions!


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