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.