My DIY IKEA-sized Changing Pad

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!


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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