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Bathing & Diapering Essentials
What does baby need for bath time?
  • Infant bath tub
  • Baby shampoo and soap
  • Several hooded towels
  • Cotton swabs
  • Baby wash cloths
  • Infant-appropriate water toys

What should I have in the changing area?
  • A changing surface (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)
  • Washable changing table covers
  • A plastic changing mat to lay on top of the changing surface
  • Plenty of clean diapers
  • Disposable cleaning cloths. Avoid wipes that contain alcohol
  • A soft cloth and warm water to use instead of wipes if baby has diaper rash (try filling a thermos each night to keep warm water easily accessible)
  • Ointment or petroleum jelly, for treating diaper rash
  • Cotton balls
  • A washable diaper pail with a tightly-sealed cover (works well for storing either cloth or disposable diapers)
  • A laundry bag or hamper with a lid.
Dr. Bettye M. Caldwell Ph.D. Professor of Pediatrics in Child Development and Education