Gearing Up for Diapering
Whether you go cloth or disposable, you will spend a lot of time with diapers over the next couple of years. Over time, you'll discover what brands and methods work best for you and your baby. If you have a two-floor home, set up a changing station on both floors to save time and energy from constantly running up and down the stairs. While you're perfecting your technique, there are a few things all changing stations need.
Make sure your changing surface (changing table or empty counter) is tall enough so you don't hurt your back when bending over it.
If you plan on using disposables, keep one bag in the current size, and one bag of the next size up waiting in the wings.
If you're using cloth, you'll need three to four dozen in each size.
You'll need three to six diaper wraps to go over the cloth diapers.
Use washcloths for the first month before switching to diaper wipes.
Get a diaper pail designed for whichever type of diapers you're using.
Get a variety of changing pads — one for the changing table, one for traveling, and a larger, waterproof pad for naked time.
Keep two pad covers in rotation (one on the pad, one in the wash).
Have cream or ointment for diaper rash. Odds are you'll need it eventually.
Invest in a waterproof flannel crib pad or disposable bed pads to put underneath the sheet. You'll need them now, and they're a good idea to keep for the crib-to-bed transition.
Above all, keep your sense of humor.