You'll be flying through diapers every day. But you don't need to much to get the job done. Here are the bare essentials you'll need for diaper time. Numbers in parentheses are Betty's recs for how many to get.
Changing pad (1)
Changing pads create a safe place to change diapers… and we don’t mean safe for the baby, we mean safe for the rest of your belongings. Mid-diaper change accidents are a thing. Changing pads will protect the rest of your home. You can opt for a traditional changing pad that stays in the same place (often the nursery), or you can opt for a travel one that can easily fold up and take with you around the house or out.
Changing Table (1)
This is an optional item, but one worth adding to the list. Changing tables can take many forms. It can be a dedicated piece of furniture you buy. If you’re trying to save space, it can be at the top of your dresser/chest (some companies make changing table / dresser combos). You may even find that you change your LO anywhere around the house and so you don’t even need one.
Wipes (1 pack)
All wipes are not created equal. They all have different chemicals and materials. Some are wetter than others. Some break apart easily. Every parent has their own preference and Betty recommends testing out a few brands before finding the one that works best for you and your little one.
Diapers (1 pack)
Same goes with diapers. Don’t buy in bulk until you’ve found the one that works for you.
Diaper rash cream (1 tube)
Diaper rashes can quickly escalate into bigger problems. Applying diaper rash cream early can help avoid bigger pains for your little one. You might be seeing a theme here - buy one tube to try before committing to buying more. Depending on how frequently you apply, a tube will last a few weeks.
Diaper pail (optional)
Diaper pails are great because they contain the smell of diapers. If you're sensitive to smells, this might be an essential purchase for you. If you think you can handle it or plan on taking out the trash every day, then you might be able to do without or get a regular trash can with a lid.