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What nappy supplies do I need?
In the beginning, your baby will go through an average of eight nappies a day. That number will decline over the next three years, but altogether you're likely to change about 5,000 nappies. Store nappies 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 29 degrees or less.

  • 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 the changing surface
  • Disposable cleansing cloths are convenient for cleaning your 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 any nappy cream. Avoid wipes that contain alcohol.
  • A soft, damp washcloth is preferable to wipes if your baby has a rash. Keep a thermos of warm water handy to wet the cloth.
  • Cotton balls for cleaning or applying moisturiser
  • 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 nappies (try to always have an extra pack on hand)
  • Ointment or petroleum jelly, for treating nappy rash
  • A change of clothes (in case what baby's wearing gets soiled)
  • A nappy bucket with a tightly-sealed cover works well for storing either cloth or disposable nappies. It should be washable and, ideally, easy to open with a foot-operated pedal. Before throwing cloth OR disposables in, empty soiled nappies into the toilet. If your nappy bucket has a filter or deodoriser, it will help to control odours.
  • 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