3.22.2013

IKEA Changing Table Hack

Ikea Sniglar Changing Table
Ikea Sniglar Changing Table
   This mod is not the heavy lifting I am known for, but parenting has a way of subtly changing you. I thought this project might benefit someone that has purchased a Sniglar changing table and can no longer find a Gullunge changing pad that fits the top.
   We live in a small house and needed to keep our newborn in our room. We were stressed over this decision, but the Sniglar helped because of the small footprint. We paired this with a Fisher Price sleeper and our problems were solved, so we thought. At the time of purchase, Ikea was not selling the Gullunge changing pad online. I sought one out, but found that they all had vanished, apparently a recall. This left us with an odd dimensioned table without a pad.
   We knew Joann Fabrics sold foam by the sheet and that was a start. The key would be a waterproof cover, this is not even debatable. So with impending childbirth, I threw everything I had at the problem. I ordered 18" x 27" embossed fleece pads from Babies' R ' Us. These were nice for a soft top and waterproof, but did nothing to enclose the foam. We were chasing down another idea at Target, when I found waterproof covers for standard pillows. It turned out to be a perfect fit, Rock On! 
Custom Sniglar Changing Table Pad
Custom Changing Pad
   The fleece pads are still nice to have on top of the custom pad so they can easily be swapped out in an inevitable emergency. My new son managed to put the pad to the test the second night. No need for explicit descriptions here.
   We also want to mention a must have accessory for 3:00 AM diaper changes. Energizer has a gooseneck, clip on LED light that is awesome. It is bright and manageable with one hand. Nice for the spouse sleeping in the same room. I know this is a very specific post, but it is a great solution for a unique problem.


2 comments:

Matthew Zoll said...



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Heather Kase said...

I just came upon this same issue and have not been able to find a pad anywhere that fits this table. Off to Joann's right meow!
Thank you!!