Post # 1
I can’t find a good post on what exactly one needs for their diaper changing station. We’re using a changing pad on the dresser in the nursery, and then I figured I’d make a basket downstairs so I’m not constantly running up and down the stairs. Now that we’re getting close, I want to start stocking up on supplies for my changing stations!
Here’s what I know so far:
Some sort of butt paste to prevent rashes
A spare shirt?
Then obviously a garbage can or whatever (we’re using disposables)
For the moms who’ve been there, what am I missing? I don’t want to be scrambling around our first few days home from the hospital. Thank you!!
Post # 3
I’d have a spare onesie/outfit down there at all times as well. The explosive poops during the first 2 weeks or so can be messy! Other than that, I think you’re good!
Oh, it is recommended that you don’t use baby powder anymore. They can inhale it and it’s bad for them.
Post # 4
I was told not to use baby powder. We have everything else you listed there, plus I also keep receiving blankets and burp clothes at my changing station.
Post # 5
@ZoeyGirl: If your changing pad is on the baby’s dresser you’re probably fine there. I babysit my nephew a lot and my sister also keeps nail clippers and lotion there, since the baby was usually calm after a change and she could get those extra things done.
For the carry-around one, I’d add in an extra onesie and pants, cause holy hell… babies can cover anything in poop. It’s kind of amazing. Also, just have several extra receiving blankets and bump cloths around…. they make excellent emergency towels for spit up & explosions.
And congratulations! Dispite the various bodily fluid erruptions, babies are awesome! 🙂
Post # 6
@Cory_loves_this_girl: @FloridaGatorBride: okay yeah I didn’t really think people used baby powder for babies anymore, but it’s right there in the name, so I wasn’t sure. And good call on the outfit and burp cloths, though it expect we’ll have cloths randomly strewn everywhere anyway.
Post # 7
@MexiPino: thank you! If one more person tells me how much more tired I’m going to be once I have the baby, I’m gonna have a meltdown. I get that it’ll be tough, but I’m trying to focus on the exciting parts!
Post # 9
@ZoeyGirl: “I don’t want to be scrambling around our first few days home from the hospital.“
Don’t sweat it. That’s what your husband is for. 🙂
We had: tissues, wipes, soothing lotion, a bin (or bin bag), and obviously diapers. So you’re pretty set.
Depending on how it’s laid out, I think the only thing missing is a spare cloth to lay baby on. I’m not sure what you plan on using, but we put a plain cloth diaper on the little mat which the change station had. So if baby has a poop leak, it gets all over the cloth (which can be washed) instead of the mat (which is harder to wash). Kind of like a mattress protector for the baby station. Anyway, you want a spare one handy in case you get your current one covered in poop half way through changing.
Spare shirt? No. I’m not sure if you mean you or baby, but either way, you can go get you or your baby changed once the diaper is changed.
Post # 10
I have a one story and so we don’t have 2 changing stations: baby gets changed in his room all the time, even when he was a new newborn and needed to be changed in the middle of the night. I would get up and go to his room to change him. Now I think it wold have been nice to have a second changing station in my bedroom for those late night changes.
What I have in his room near the changing table and handy, so not too far away: all his bath essentials, diaper cream, diapers, receiving blanket, bib, wipes, and of course clothes. And a teddy for him to play with or distract him if he was cranky.
Post # 11
@ZoeyGirl: ditch the baby powder and add some blankets and burp cloths. Also, I’d recommend not stocking up too much on diapers because you don’t exactly know what size baby will be and for how long.
ETA: buttpaste is the best diaper cream EVER
Post # 12
@paula1248: That is brilliant! A baby blow-out “landing strip”!
Post # 13
@ZoeyGirl: Eh. You will be tired but so will the baby and sleep feels way better when it’s really earned 🙂 The good definitely outweighs the bad!
Post # 14
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For my siblings we just had diapers, wipes, and ointment on hand at the changing station. We grabbed a new outfit on the way there and carried the diaper down to the garage afterwards (my dad was very against having dirty diapers in the house).
Post # 15
We careful about buying too many diapers. Your baby might be extra sensitive or you might find certain brands just don’t work for you (aka they leak EVERY time). You don’t want to have a ton you can’t use.
It is good to have a small bowl of luke warm water and cloths or paper towels to wipe baby during the first few days (or if baby gets really messy!).
Post # 16
@ZoeyGirl: ditto PP. Diapers, wipes and diaper cream. In her nursery and living room stations, I have extra clothes nearby. Be sure to get travel versions of wipes and cream for the diaper bag.
My own humble suggestions:
I recommend joining Amazon Mom and “subscribing” to get orders of wipes and diapers s regularly sent to you. Their diapers are the cheapest I’ve found – $.16-17 each. Get newborn and have size 1s on hand – you’ll likely switch over around 4-8 weeks. If it helps, I ordered 250 newborn diapers that that was perfect for 6 weeks. 750 wipes lasted 8 weeks. My ped also told me its not necessary to wipe after just a pee – theyll dry her out. I do use diaper cream (love Triple Paste) after every poop to prevent rash.
Lastly… The sleep thing is not so bad! You get used to hearing how bad it is, so I was shocked how well I managed. You might do really well stringing together two 3 hour sleep sessions, or baby could sleep long stretches quickly. You never know!