Setting up your Diapering Station
It goes without mentioning, you will be changing plenty of diapers! Follow the suggestions and tips below to create a comfortable place to change your little one.
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Changing Pad & Covers
Changing Pad: You'll want a changing pad that can safely fit and be secured on a changing table, dresser, or counter-top (see our Setting up your Nursery for more information on selecting a dresser/changing table). Summer Infant Changing Pad is a great basic changing pad.
Changing Covers: Accidents do happen so I recommend having 2-3 different changing covers. However, to avoid having to constantly change the changing cover, I recommend putting a towel or changing pad liner on top of the changing pad and cover. This will allow you to quickly remove or fold over the towel or liner when those messes happen.
Depending on your set-up, you can use a drawer, basket, diaper organizer, or cart to organize your diapers, wipes, and other diapering items.
I have a basket to organize a handful of diapers and wipes on top of our dresser. Then, I have a drawer full of extra diapers and wipes.
Wipe Holder or Warmer
Wipe Warmer: You will constantly see baby wipe warmers on the list of things that are non-essential or useless. True, it might not be essential but I really love having a wipe warmer. Do you really want to put a cold wipe on your baby's bottom in the middle of the night? I don't think so!
Diaper Pail/Diaper Bags
Diaper Pail: Those diapers can stink! To keep the smell and mess down, I recommend a hand-less diaper pail such as the Dekor diaper pail.
Disposable Diapers: When we had our first son, we had a diaper shower and received a lot of different brands so I was able to test a lot of different diaper brands. In the end, Pampers Swaddlers worked the best for newborn through size 2. Target's Up&Up diapers also worked well. Once my son was in size 3, we started having never-ending blowouts. I knew that either he wasn't in the right size or we needed to try a different brand. I started using Huggies Little Movers and he hardly had any accidents after the switch.
Quick note: Amazon's Subscribe and Save can save you up to 20% on diapers and Costco carries the Huggies Little Movers at a reasonable price.
Bamboo Diapers: I recently started researching bamboo diapers. I wasn't even aware of this option until I started looking into greener baby items. Surprisingly, bamboo diapers are really absorbent, soft, naturally hypoallergenic, and biodegradable. A con is that bamboo diapers are more expensive than other disposable diapers but the benefits can outweigh that if you want a greener and safer option for your baby. Andy Pandy Bamboo Diapers seem to be a popular option that has been recommended by multiple other moms.
Cloth Diapers: If you want to learn more about cloth diapers, I recommend browsing through our Diapering Pinterest Board for helpful articles and tips on cloth diapering. There are a lot of choices when it comes to cloth diapering but with all the choices, cloth diapering is easier than ever. A popular cloth diaper choice that I have used periodically is the bumGenius Freetime All-in-One Snap Reusable Diaper.