My tried and true diapering must-haves need to be on your new baby registry. Just click on photos and/or product names to find out where to purchase. FYI: I have not been compensated by any of the brands endorsed below. These are my own recommendations, baby-tested and mom-approved.
1. 3 Sprouts Caddy Tote –First, anything by 3 Sprouts is adorable. Second, this tote can fit a box of wipes, a bunch of diapers, a changing pad and butt paste. Third, having a diaper caddy to travel around the house with you for a diaper change in any room = professional parent.
2. Herschel Travel Kit – Every mom needs this zip pouch- in her (real) purse, in the car, in the beach bag, in the airplane carry-on. This pouch means you’re prepared for anything, anywhere. It can hold a few diapers, a travel pack of wipes, butt paste and even a change of clothes for baby. Register for one (or four!) of these right now.
3. Boudreaux’s Butt Paste – When you see a flaming red diaper rash, you need to use the red Boudreaux’s Butt Paste. In my experience, nothing will clear it up faster. The yellow (regular) and green (natural) tubes are just okay. The red (maximum strength) is where it’s at. Register for 3-4 tubes of this thick, miracle cream.
4. Honest Company Organic Baby Powder – Lots of websites/books/parents will tell you not to use powder, because it could be dangerous to the baby if inhaled, so we didn’t for the first year. Then one day I got up some nerve and decided to start using it. Wouldn’t you know- my baby’s bottom was dry, and she had much more infrequent diaper rash. Honest Company’s powder is talc-free, so you can have a happy, healthy baby bum and still sleep at night.
5. Honest Company Soothing Bottom Wash – Honest Company does it again, with their soothing bottom wash. This stuff is fantastic for nasty number two diapers that leave your baby covered in poop from belly button to back. A few sprays of this stuff and you won’t need to use an entire box of wipes to get them clean. Caveat: It can be a little startling, since it’s usually a little bit cold. You might try spraying it right on a wipe or onto a wash cloth to use after you’ve wiped up the worst of the waste.
6. Amazon Unscented Baby Wipes – When it comes to wipes, I say (like with toilet paper) splurge for the good stuff. Well these Amazon wipes are the best I’ve found, and they’re not even close to the most expensive option out there. They’re durable and wet, which is all that matters when it comes to taking care of diaper duty. Register for infinity wipes (travel packs, boxes, refills, etc). Pro-tip: I subscribe to these on Amazon Mom for a 20% savings without even having to leave the house. *Updated January 16, 2016 – after more than three and a half years of wiping baby bottoms*
7. Ubbi Steel Diaper Pail – Unless you take your garbage out at least once a day (which I do not), you’re going to want a diaper receptacle. Eventually all of these contraptions will smell, but at least the Ubbi Diaper Pail looks good while containing waste and uses kitchen trash bags (vs the Diaper Genie Elite, which can only be used with their pricey refill bags)! Just keep a can of Lysol or some baking soda handy, and you will have no regrets. *Updated January 16, 2016 – after an initial stint with the Diaper Genie Elite*
8. Huggies Little Snugglers – These Little Snugglers are my favorite for when your little one is super little- newborn to three months old. They have a cutout for the umbilical cord nub, which is great for those first few weeks. Plus they have a wetness indicator line, which is so clutch when they are small and you’re changing 10-12 diapers a day and you don’t want to waste a diaper change if they’re not actually wet! Register for these in size Newborn and size 1.
9. Target Up&Up Diapers – If you’re looking for a quality, chlorine/latex/perfume-free diaper that does a great job keeping waste in, you might as well save a bundle of cash and buy Target diapers. Cost per diaper is less than half of leading competitors (Huggies and Pampers), which means you get twice they amount of diaps for the price! We’ve never had a poop blow out in Up&Up, and the only leaks have come as a result of delinquent parenting (it happens). Register for sizes 1-4. Pro-tips: 1. If your baby starts blowing out diapers left and right, aka needs to move up to the next size, you can bring back your unused boxes in the old size and exchange for the new diapers at Target! 2. Target frequently has sales (think gift card promotions) on their bulk boxes of Up&Up diapers which can be combined with their coupons, Cartwheel (Target’s mobile app) coupons and RedCard discounts. Coaching!
10. Target Up&Up Overnight Diapers – There’s a reason they make overnight diapers. The reason is that sometimes babies pee and poop more in the night than you even knew the consumed the day before. Their diapers end up insanely full and then they blow out and ruin your morning. Register for overnight diapers and save your early morning sanity (what’s left of it after the numerous wake-ups, anyway).
Hey, moms and dads! Tell me…what are your diapering must-haves?? Leave your suggestions in the comments below, and I’ll compile them all into my Ultimate Baby Registry: You Can’t Live Without It! post! XOXO, Allison
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