Below is what we use to keep our little ones fresh and clean:
Families now have many options for diapering their little ones. While cloth diapering may be the best option for many new moms, we decided to use disposable diapers. We were able to make this cost effective and easy.
Below is a checklist of what we use to keep bottoms dry and costs down:
- Diapers. I like Huggies and get a great deal on these at Costco. They often have $6 off coupons or have $6 off sales on their Web site. I get a giant case of Huggies for just $32.99 on sale.
- Wipes. I also buy Huggies wipes from Costco.
- Vaseline. This is a gentle diaper cream for newborns. It’s also good for their cord stump.
- Diaper rash cream – zinc oxide. This is helpful for a bit later, especially once they start solid food.
- Diaper rash cream to prevent diaper rash – (like A&D). I like this gentle cream for everyday use once they’re a bit older.
- Diaper pail. Just before my baby shower, my sister begged me not to register for the Diaper Genie. She told me a story about how badly theirs smelled and how they eventually burned it in the back yard (they live on a farm). Her complaint: The refills are expensive, and it takes a few weeks to actually fill them up. So your child is sleeping in the same room as stinky diapers for a long time. I decided to try a regular diaper pail that would take cheaper bags that I could empty at any time. I went with the Baby Trend Diaper Champ Deluxe. This has been a cheap system for me, and I keep it smelling great. I use store brand scented kitchen bags from Walmart as a liner, and I wrap each diaper in a scented diaper bag from Dollar Tree (75 bags for $1)—making my own Diaper Genie of sorts. For dirty diapers, I flush the contents if possible, wrap the diaper in a disposable diaper bag, place that bag inside a plastic grocery bag, and throw it in a regular garbage can in the garage. I put air fresheners at the bottom of the diaper pail and the garbage can in the garage. This is so much cheaper and better smelling than the Diaper Genie, which has expensive refills, and which you only empty every few weeks. I empty my diaper pail twice a week and never place any dirty diapers in it.
- Sanitizing wipes. We use the store brand from Walmart, but any brand will do. I use these to wipe the changing pad after a dirty diaper change.
- Diaper bag. We like the Skip Hop Deluxe, which is compact, sleek, and manly enough for Dad to carry.
Setting up a nursery can be daunting. Glossy ads from baby stores make it look like you need to create a $10,000 nursery for your little one. BabyCenter’s cost calculator estimates an average of $1,700 for a fully decked out nursery.
We kept things really simple and have been happy with how our nursery turned out. It cost us around $400, and it has served us well for two active boys.
Here’s what we used:
- Crib. We like the Stork Craft combination crib and changing table. Walmart has a few variations of this crib ranging from $159-$259. We have a small nursery, and this type of crib saves a lot of space and money. Once the baby starts rolling and climbing around, it’s safer to change him or her on a changing pad or blanket on the floor anyway. If you’re really efficient, you can even just place the clean diaper under the dirty diaper, so you don’t even need a changing pad on the floor for wet diapers.
- Crib Mattress. We went with the basic Safety 1st Heavenly Dreams White Crib Mattress.
- Crib sheets (2). We went with the really basic Carters Easy Fit Jersey Crib Fitted Sheet.
- Crib mattress pad (2). We like the Carter’s Keep Me Dry Waterproof Fitted Quilted Crib Pad. If you have a plastic mattress, you can even use a non-waterproof mattress pad, which may be more comfortable for the baby.
- Glider. I love the Stork Craft Custom Hoop Glider & Ottoman. It’s compact—it fits well in our small nursery—and you can’t beat the $134 price for both a glider and ottoman. I’ve nursed two babies in this, and it still looks like new.
- Humidifier. It’s great to have a basic cool mist humidifier on hand for cold and flu season. I like the cool mist because I don’t have to worry about my little one burning his hands if he grabs it.
- White noise machine. We have a white noise machine in each of our children’s rooms. It’s great for blocking out noise, especially when one child is awake and the other is napping.
- Blackout blinds. These have been essential for daytime naps and bedtime in the summer. We got insulated cordless blackout blinds from Blinds.com and have been really happy with them.
What You Don’t Need
- Bedding sets. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies sleep on their backs in a crib with just a fitted sheet over the mattress. Pillows, blankets, toys, and crib bumpers are all SIDS risks. BabyCenter has a good article on SIDS prevention.
- Expensive changing table. We did well with a crib/changing table combo (and saved a lot of money and space). You can also just change the baby on the floor.
- Crib bumpers. They are a SIDS hazard. By the time the baby is old enough that they are no longer a SIDS hazard, the baby starts using them to try to climb out of the crib.
- Expensive curtains or other nursery decorations. I waited to see what my toddler liked before going crazy decorating his room. Also, you may want to keep the nursery gender neutral in case you have more children. Our baby spends most of his time playing in the living room or his brother’s room anyway. That’s where all the action is.
- Crib mobile. Once your baby is pushing up onto his or her hands and knees (usually around 4 or 5 months old), experts recommend taking the mobile out of the crib anyway. I used a lullaby CD and a white noise machine to soothe my little ones.