Babies First Year: 5 Favorite Diapering Tools
Congratulations! You are expecting a baby!! You know what else you should be expecting? To change at least 2500 diapers in the first year of your little one’s life. TWENTY-FIVE HUNDRED! TWO THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED DIAPERS! By golly that’s a lot of diaper changing! Let’s assume it takes you 2 minutes to change a diaper. When your little one is first born, it will take you like 5+ minutes. But by the end of the first year, you may impress yourself with a 30-second diaper change. So I am going to use 2 minutes as an estimated average of time spent per diaper. Do you know much time that is in a year of diaper changing? That is 5000 minutes, or 83.5 hours, or 3.5 days.
So, how can you make it as simple as possible? Use these five diapering tools to make the process as simple as possible.
At some point, you will have to put some sort of cream or ointment on your baby’s bum. Keep your hands free and use this adorable little spatula. Just remember to keep it in the nursery or diaper bag, so it doesn’t get mixed up with your favorite kitchen gadgets
We have used this thing ALL the time. I put it in the bottom of the stroller when we go for walks, or the back of the trunk when we run errands, or clip it to the diaper bag when we board an airplane. You never know where you will be forced to change a diaper. It’s nice to have as a buffer between your baby and whatever surface you have to change your baby.
I keep this in the diaper bag at all times. When we are out and about, and Chulengo has a dirty diaper, if I don’t see a nearby trashcan, I put the diaper in here to keep it from stinking up our space. I have also used this bag for clothes that get wet – spit up, drool, urine, stool, you get the idea. Again, it’s nice to have a place to put soiled items that separates them from everything else.
I put one of these on the permanent changing station in Chulengo’s nursery. With any diaper change, a newborn, or a toddler, you never know how much poop is really inside that diaper until you open it up. So, save yourself from having to wash the changing pad sheet over and over, protect your changing pad sheet by using this liner.
Ok, I could talk about this stuff until I am blue in the face. You can read my in-depth review of the Bum Spray HERE! This stuff makes cleaning your baby’s bottom so easy. I use half as many wipes after a few sprays to Chulengo’s bum.
Ok, there you have it. Five diapering tools to make changing your little one’s diaper even easier. If you going to spend two full work weeks changing diapers this year, you might as well cut yourself some slack and find the easy way to do it 🙂
And if you’re still unsure what type of diaper to get for your little one, check out the Diaper Dabbler. I ordered the Diaper Dabbler when Bambino was born and sampled different diapers with him until I found one that fit well and didn’t irritate his skin.