Mechanic dad had twins on the way so he created a brilliant 'out of the box' changing table
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Having a well-organized changing table is crucial to the first two years of raising a child. Because when things go wrong on a changing table, they can really go wrong. So one has to be prepared for the most dire of circumstances.

The wipes have to be close enough so you can grab one while holding the kid's feet in the air. The diapers have to be easily accessible so the kid doesn't fall off the table when you reach over to grab one.

The table also has to be easy to clean for the inevitable mess that comes when tending to a naked child with zero bowel control.


David Pike, who's best known as the MotorCityMechanic on YouTube, found a novel way to create the ultimate changing table for the twin daughters he and his wife, Denise, were expecting: a tool box.

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Once the Pikes learned twins were on the way, he started a list of everything they needed to be prepared. This wasn't his first rodeo, the Pikes already had two daughters.

"Some items that we were going to need … crib… pack-n-play … stroller were simple enough," he told Cafe Mom. "But a diaper changing table, I don't remember us ever having before? After a lengthy 'discussion' my wife reinforced we will be getting one. Being the smart husband I am, I fully agreed from that moment on."

David thought that a tool box would be a fantastic "out of the box" idea, but knew his wife would probably push back. So he waited long enough so that she had to accept any last-minute solution.

"The longer I waited to pick something out the more likely she would be more like, 'Whatever, just find something and find something now,'" Pike wrote on his MotorCityMechanic Facebook page.

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The result is a changing station with easy-gliding pull-out drawers for clothes. The top shelf of the tool box is the perfect dimensions for the changing pad. The side table on the tool box makes for easy access to wipes, a washcloth, and baby lotion.

Finally, the box had perfect pull out racks at the bottom for diapers.

After a few weeks, Denise finally came around to the idea, but David soon realized that she was thinking about things on a deeper level.

"She sees what I see, and she gets it," he said according to Cafe Mom. "I can't help but think that she had a plan as well. 'Let him find something that he thinks is the greatest thing ever and that way he will be more then happy to change diapers!'"

Well played, mom.

The photos of David's ingenious idea went viral on Facebook earning a lot of praise for his sense of humor and practicality.

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