I am a big advocate of keeping like items in the same space and having only one space designated for those items. I don’t like having my cleaning supplies all over – pens and scissors in different rooms (i.e. junk drawer dwellers). I love having items in one place so I always know where to go (this is a big deal for staying organized – the less locations you have for one item the more likely it will always find it’s proper home) HOWEVER constantly going back and forth up and down the stairs with a baby all day just to change him is crazy pants. So an all time mommy favorite was called upon.
The Diaper Caddy.
For all you new mom’s here is a breakdown of the necessities that go in my diaper caddy. What’s great about this is you can take it with you down stairs (or up, your preference 😉 ), the car, the boat (if you have a boat we need to be friends), the baby closet, even your changing dresser if you need something to hoard your items into one spot for easy access.
I admit it, I’m shallow, I didn’t want a plastic bin for cleaning supplies I want cute. This can be a basket, a bin, a bag, a box you name it – whatever suits your stylish mommy needs,
Shocking! But seriously – there are so many different opinions and preferences on these guys. I use Pampers Swaddlers.
THIS IS A THING. You say you won’t be picky and then you take a whiff of your baby butt and it smells like bizarre chemically treated poop. Then you realize your wipes stink, literally. I like Pampers wipes – the other ones just
rub wipe me the wrong way. (I’m alone with a baby A LOT – excuse my terrible jokes. There is no cure)
I am not a terrible mom but I am a new one. Don’t feel bad if sometimes you don’t notice when you put your baby down for a nap and s/he poops as you take a nap. You come back and Hello Diaper rash. Desitin isn’t really a necessity but it’s nice in case of emergency.
Changing Pad Liners
I’m lazy. I don’t wanna wash covers all the time so I line them with things that I can swap out easily. There are SO many items you can use – disposable diapers, receiving blankets/swaddles, paper towels, kitchen towels (just remember which ones are for the kitchen) or changing pad liners. My favorite choices are linked in the item names.
Diaper Trash Bags
I use dog poop bags for these. They’re cheaper than the diaper bags they sell on-line for the same purpose just trying to reel in the new moms who don’t know
how cheap they can get where to save money…YET!
If I need to explain this you have not been pee’d / pooped on enough. YOUR TIME WILL COME!
Blankets and Burp Cloths
I use disposable diapers for different purposes. For instance, burping. They are super absorbent and easy to bleach if it comes to that (It does). I also use them for under the tush when changing in strange places. Swaddles serve the same purpose or if he needs an extra blanket in the car seat, or a cover.
Change of Baby Clothes
Since the weather is heating up, this consists of a onesie and a baby bib. In the winter I will throw in socks and pants.
Please skip this section if you are a magical mom with super powers who just looks at their baby and the baby falls asleep. For the rest of us – I cannot say enough good things about Dr. Brown’s pacifiers. The nipples on the binkies are like the nipples on their bottles so it is a great transition when you are bottle feeding and use pacifiers.
Don’t ask me how to ween them off of pacifiers – we haven’t gotten to that stage yet 😉
Now obviously this is mostly just a day to day – sometimes I slip in the snot sucker (THANK GOD FOR THE PEOPLE WHO MADE THESE) or some powder but those things can easily be taken out, added or I can just run upstairs if need be 😉
That’s the gist of it! Leave me a comment and let me know what you have in your diaper caddy!