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The Most Important Items You Need for Diapering Your Newborn Baby
Lovely greetings to you – you beautiful mommy-to-be! It’s perfectly normal to worry about diapering your newborn. Deciding what supplies you need before you’ve ever even done it is a thing next to impossible! Every mom’s brain ticks a bit differently and everyone develops their own preferences with time.
Having the essentials set up and ready when you bring baby home from the hospital can save you (and your fella!) a lot of hassle running out to the store when you have a newborn at home. As a first-time mom to boy/girl twins, not only will I tell you what supplies you need, but I will also tell you what products I love and why. So here are the most important items you need for diapering your newborn baby.
Obviously! There is a mind-boggling selection of diapers out there, but like so many other parents, I LOVE Pampers. The Pampers Swaddlers size “N” even have a notch in the front to allow for proper umbilical cord healing. We especially loved the wetness indicator (a yellow strip that turns blue when it gets wet). It took a lot of the guess-work out of knowing when to change diapers. We were amazed that our babies’ bottoms were still completely dry every time we took off a wet diaper! We had absolutely NO issues with diaper rash, not once, ever!
We thought we’d save a little money and tried other brands – even the generic ones from Aldi, but we always kept coming back to Pampers. TIP: Use the Amazon Family diaper subscription and get 20% off!
2. Baby Wipes
Just like diapers, there are way too many different kinds of baby wipes to choose from. But again…I LOVE Pampers. Pampers Sensitive Baby Wipes fulfill 3 very important criteria:
- They come out of the box ONE…AT…A…TIME! You only have one hand to open the box and remove a wipe and if you’re like me, there’s nothing that ticks you off more than pulling out a wipe with 5 others clinging to it!
- They are able to remove a lot of heavy mess in one wipe. Pampers has found the sweet spot when it comes to texture: they’re soft on baby’s bottom but tough enough to remove a heavy mess quickly.
- To put it bluntly: they don’t stink like toilet bowl cleaner infused with grandma’s favorite eau de toilette!
3. Wipe Warmer
Our newborn twins cried continuously every time we changed their diaper – it was heartbreaking! But our wipe warmer changed all that when we got home from the hospital.
Once we started using warmed wipes, Sven would only fuss a little and Thea was totally fine.
I would buy this one all over again as it helped us keep our sanity during the first few weeks.
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4. Changing Pad
Now, everyone has their own criteria when it comes to changing pads. I’ve been using mine for almost a year-and-a-half and I’m happy to report that I still love it! My personal criteria were:
- It’s narrow and highly contoured on the sides so that baby can’t roll out. Even now that my twins are walking and running (and spinning…and jumping…) they still have difficulties squirming off this pad.
- It’s portable: we always take it with us when we go on trips with our camper.
- It doesn’t have any stupid designs on it.
- It has a water-resistant, washable cover that is easy to remove and put back on. I’m personally not fond of the waterproof pads because they are covered in plastic and you always have to cover it with a cloth changing pad cover, which I don’t find very attractive – but like I said, everyone has their own criteria.
We use disposable changing pads on top of our changing pad so that we’re not constantly washing the cover. It can be pretty messy in the beginning. Our newborn Sven peed almost every time we took off his diaper, so disposable pads come in really handy!
I bought ours on Amazon.de but it isn’t available in the States (or anywhere for that matter.) But here’s the Amazon.de link to it anyway – maybe you can find something similar to it. We just love it!
And here are the disposable changing pads that we use:
They’ve saved our carpets, sofas, and bed plenty of times, are just the right size, and don’t have any stupid designs on them – Perfect!
5. Diaper Pail
Actually, I should have put this item at the very top of my list because having the right diaper pail can make your life so much easier! We experimented with 3 different diaper pails this first year. Now I am happy to report that we’ve finally found the right one. Our criteria are (in this order)
- it must completely eliminate odor
- it shouldn’t have to be emptied more than once or twice a week (keep in mind – we have twins)
- we should be able to open it with no hands
- it should be easy to empty – no hassling with garbage bags!
- it should be aesthetically pleasing and easy to clean
We love our Munchkin Step Diaper Pail Powered by Arm & Hammer and it fulfills all of our criteria.
We have no odor issues. It makes a twisting motion when you close the lid so that odor can’t escape. The Arm & Hammer pucks in the lid are sold separately and really do the trick! The bags also feature odor control with baking soda in the plastic – they are simply awesome!
We change up to 6 diapers per baby per day and we only have to empty it twice a week! Emptying is also a breeze. Just take the pail out to the trash can and dump it in. No more fighting with plastic garbage bags that don’t fit properly or even break.
It has the perfect height – no bending down to open it. The foot pedal is a huge plus when your hands are busy with the dirty diaper. You do close it manually – pressing down a little to make sure it’s closed tight.
The design is clean and functional – exactly what my architect-heart desires!
6. Diaper Cream, Baby Oil + Friends
Before my babies were born, I bought the Burt’s Bees Baby Getting Started Gift Set and we turned out loving all of the products. The Baby Oil was especially effective on the tiny pimples that Sven got on his face shortly after he was born. The Shampoo & Wash have a pleasant fragrance and don’t dry out the skin. But I was always a little skeptical about all the unpronounceable ingredients on the packaging but didn’t know of a better alternative.
Until one of my readers, Sarah Prince from mynaturalbabybirth.com commented on my post “Pregnancy Essentials That Make You Feel as Good as You Look!” and recommended the Earth Mama Angel Baby products. So I promptly ordered the Earth Mama a Little Something for Baby Kit to test. Since then, I’ve ordered the big packages of Bottom Balm (because yes, we did have a few cases of diaper rash later on) body wash and shampoo and the baby oil. These products are very effective, don’t stink and (best of all) aren’t full of chemicals! Thanks again Sarah!
And that’s all you need to get started! Once set up these items at your changing table at home, you can stop worrying because you’ll have everything you need at arm’s reach!
Did I oversee any other changing table essentials? Have any Questions? Drop me a line in the comments below.
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