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Must-Have Diapering Essentials for New Parents

Posted on July 12 2022

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While we don’t have official survey results, of all the joys of parenting, we’d guess diaper duty ranks in last place for pretty much everyone. How can something so little go so much? For new parents, diapering that little bundle of joy can be intimidating. As such you’ll find a slew of products on the market that are supposed to make the process easier, but do you really need all that stuff? Probably not because diapering really comes down to three things: keep baby safe, be quick, and control the mess. To that end, here are our diapering essentials.

The Diapers

Of course, the most important diapering essential is the diaper itself. It’s personal preference whether you choose disposable or cloth diapers, but the key is to have the right fit and the right amount. In terms of size, too loose can result in leaks and too tight can not only be uncomfortable for babies but can also irritate their sensitive skin.

Plan for approximately 10 diapers a day for the first few months, but don’t stockpile a particular size, especially newborn sizes, as your baby may grow faster than you think. As for size, go by your baby’s weight, not age. If you’re planning on cloth diapers, consider these no-prep soaker pads and snap shells instead of pins.

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The Environment

A changing table is not necessarily a diapering essential when you could change the baby in the crib and/or attach a changing pad (with safety strap) to the dresser in your nursery. Again, it’s personal preference which option(s) you go with but make sure you have changing pad covers and/or changing pad liners.

Most likely, you won’t be running to the nursery each time the baby needs a change so plan on getting a portable changing pad or two as well to place in other locations around the house.

The Supplies

This is the point where new parents can get a bit overwhelmed with all the products available. In terms of diapering essentials, the supplies you will need include wipes, diaper rash cream, and hand sanitizer for you. We recommend a diaper pail, but a trash can with a lid would work. And while those fancy diaper caddies are super cute, any type of organizational bin would do to hold everything. Again, you’ll want a stash in the nursery and one or two to use around the house. An extra change of clothes at the ready doesn’t hurt either.

What’s more, it’s amazing how squirmy and impatient these little ones can be while changing their diaper so don’t forget a small toy to distract them, like one of these rattles.

Diapering Essentials On the Go

We could devote an entire blog on what to pack in a diaper bag, but specific to diapering, you’ll need a handful of diapers, a small pack of wipes, travel-size diaper rash cream, hand sanitizer, changing pad, and an extra set of clothes. While you can certainly buy a diaper bag as big as a piece of luggage, we love this portable diaper clutch. It’s big enough for your diapering essentials, but not overly so.

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