Diapering Supplies Checklist
In the beginning, your baby will go through an average of eight diapers a day. That number will decline over the next three years, but altogether you're likely to change about 5,000 diapers.

  • A changing area (either a changing table, the top of a dresser that's at least waist-high, or just a changing pad that can be put down anywhere).

  • A plastic changing mat to lay on top of changing surface.

  • Disposable cleansing cloths are convenient for cleaning baby's bottom after a bowel movement. If your baby has a rash, it is helpful to pat it dry with a clean cloth before applying diaper cream. Avoid wipes that contain alcohol.

  • A soft, damp washcloth is preferable to wipes if baby has a rash. Keep a thermos of warm water handy to wet the cloth.

  • Cotton balls for cleaning or applying moisturizer

  • Warm water (try filling a thermos each night to keep warm water easily accessible).

  • Baby oil or lotion to use with cotton balls .

  • Plenty of clean diapers (try to always have an extra pack on hand).

  • Store diapers in an area protected from extreme heat and humidity and away from products with fragrances. Keep them in a dry storage area where the temperature is 85 degrees or less.

  • Ointment or petroleum jelly, for treating diaper rash.

  • A change of clothes (in case what baby's wearing gets soiled).

  • A diaper pail with a tightly-sealed cover works well for storing either cloth or disposable diapers. It should be washable and, ideally, easy to open with a foot-operated pedal. Before throwing cloth OR disposables in, empty soiled diapers into the toilet. If your diaper pail has a filter or deodorizer, it will help to control odors.

  • A laundry bag or hamper with a lid, for dirty washcloths and clothing.
Dr. Bettye M. Caldwell Ph.D. Professor of Pediatrics in Child Development and Education