Are Changing Pad Covers Necessary?

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While it might seem luxurious to use drop-off laundry service (we don't have facilities in our building), in reality it's a pain in the neck. The laundry bag is heavy and cumbersome, the service is expensive and you have to wait at least a day to retrieve it. At the moment both of our changing pad covers are soiled so our pad is going au naturel. It dawned on me that maybe we should keep it this way - one less thing to wash.

I've always been stymied by the fact that so many changing pad covers have white middle sections - the part that's most likely to come into contact with, well, poop. Maybe life would be easier if we could just wipe down a changing pad in the event of a diaper changing mishap?

I know the Cooshee pad is designed to be used without a cover, but at $65 it's about double what we paid for our run-of-the-mill pad. Besides the fact that it's significantly less attractive without a cover - can you think what the downside of not using a cover would be?

(Image: Carrie McBride)

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.