In the fall of 2008, two women sat in the office of a local accounting firm and dreamed of the day when they could make simple, natural, healthy choices for two babies that were to be born the following summer. Kristina Amiraslani and Elizabeth Pilgrim shared a common goal. Like all moms, they wanted the best for their children. To them, one of the easiest solutions was to cloth diaper. Elizabeth’s oldest child experienced a reaction to the chemicals found in disposable diapers. She knew cloth was the only option to protect her future child’s little skin and immune system. Kristina wanted to make a smaller footprint and leave this earth a little better for her son. Since disposable diapers are the third largest consumer item in landfills, taking up to 500 years to decompose, using reusable diapers was also an easy choice for Kristina. As they planned together, each accumulating “diaper stashes”, they quickly realized how overwhelming the choices can be.
As their research expanded, and their frustration with the lack of local resources grew, their passion for educating about cloth diapers also increased day by day. The research into personal diapering choices planted a seed that quickly grew into the birth of a new cloth diaper store, The Changing Table. In the fall of 2009, The Changing Table opened as an online and in-home store focused on helping parents make the best diapering choices for their little ones.
The Changing Table outgrew the in-home store and opened a brick and mortar in October of 2012. The women wanted to keep the intimate feeling of the previous location, so they created a warm, fun, and kid-friendly store. With bright, cheery colors on the walls and photos of beautiful babies smiling down on you, it’s a place you want to hang out. Children love to come to the “diaper store” to play in the enclosed kids’ area, and new moms are often found using the store’s baby scale to watch their little ones grow. There is a diaper “play station” that allows parents to touch and feel each type of diaper available. “Shopping locally with us guarantees one on one troubleshooting whenever you need it. We are not just a store. This is a community,” says Kristina.
As The Changing Table continues to evolve, the women have added a selection of baby carriers, breastfeeding necessities, environmentally safe teethers, toys, and more. There is even a “Made in Oklahoma” table which showcases local, handmade items. “We choose our products carefully by selecting items that are functional, beautiful, and sustainably made” says Kristina. New moms enjoy browsing the selection of amber teething necklaces and the array of silicone Chewbeads. The Changing Table’s bamboo swaddle blankets and Kleynimals non-toxic stainless steel baby keys are a hit at baby showers. The store is truly a natural baby boutique.
The Changing Table offers many free classes including their Cloth Diaper Crash Course every second and fourth Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. and one Thursday evening class a month at 6:30 p.m. They also have monthly classes on folding prefolds and flats, wash routine troubleshooting and how to use wool. Monthly babywearing classes teach moms, dads, and caregivers how to safely and comfortably carry their babies in a variety of carriers. In honoring their first love of education, Elizabeth continues to advocate for cloth diapers and is a Real Diaper Association Board Member and Central Oklahoma real diaper circle leader. Kristina is following her passion to help other moms with breastfeeding through becoming a Certified Breastfeeding Educator. In September, The Changing Table will be offering free breastfeeding classes for expecting parents. The Changing Table’s babywearing class is taught by a Babywearing International Volunteer Educator.
For additional information, visit the store at 1145 SW 74th Street, Bldg D, OKC, call (405) 632-5684, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.thechangingtableok.com or www.facebook.com/thechangingtable.