Everything is so new with the first child, and even sometimes the second or third can throw in a wild card. Add to that the multitude of options we have in modern society, as well as the weight of determining what is ‘right’ for your child, and suddenly something as simple as choosing a brand of diapers can seem daunting.
With so many choices, where do you start? The first diaper dilemma to tackle is cloth or disposable? Surely we all want what is best for our babies and for our environment, but sometimes you simply can’t have it all. Choosing what is right for your family is what is most important. Can you spare time for an extra laundry load of cloth diapers? Sometimes the value of using cloth diapers with multiple children outweigh the extra work load. We’ll include our pick for the best cloth diaper below, along with our preferred choices for disposables and other accessories that you should keep near you during a diaper changing session.
Diapers – What Do I Need?
Well, you’re gonna need some diapers. Let’s get right into it!
Our Top Pick for the Best Disposable Diaper Brand
The most popular brand, by far, is Pampers, and there’s plenty of reasons why. Really the best thing about them is the many different types and styles of diapers offered. If you find your baby gets rashes easily using Pampers Sensitive may help your baby’s skin stay rash free. Pampers Cruisers are great for when baby starts moving and walking. It’s never a bad idea to plan ahead and purchase multiple sizes in preparation for baby’s arrival. Newborn size is useful for the first month or so depending on the size of the baby. As for other brands, feel free to experiment with Huggies, etc. There is a degree of personal preference here, for both the parents and what works best for baby. We go with Pampers because we found that the fit was least irritating and leak prevention was on par with anything else.
Don’t forget to collect those barcodes for Pamper’s rewards program!
Thinking About Cloth Diapers? Go Grovia – Easily the Best Cloth Diaper Brand
Cloth Diapers! Really, it’s not that big of a deal to use a cloth diaper system vs disposables and GroVia cloth diaper systems offer the most options, by far. They have several different lines including the All in One, the Hybrid(pictured above), and the O.N.E., which is particularly useful for night time diapering needs. These are just a few of the reasons we think GroVia is the best cloth diaper of 2018.
“GroVia was recommended to me by a mother of 5, all of whom she had in cloth diapers. She said she had tried at least a half dozen brands, and GroVia was the best. I decided to try it out and sure enough, my daughter’s skin problems improved greatly. As a bonus, I could feel good about helping the environment!” –Julia
One thing that is strongly recommended by the cloth diapering pros is that you stick with one brand. Different brands have different care instructions and you don’t want to be creating any extra work for yourself.
Want to know more about why GroVia is our top choice? Check out our more in-depth article on cloth diapering here.
Ok, Got The Diapers – What Else?
Great! Let’s get into some of the essential supplies and optional accessories.
How About Wipes?
It’s pampers again, actually. Pampers sensitive wipes are super soft and gentle, perfect for a newborn or very small baby. But as soon as you introduce solid food, Huggies wipes have much more power since they are textured. There is also the option of cloth wipes, and if you have already chosen to go with cloth diapers, it won’t be that much more work.
Ok, How About The Best Diaper Rash Cream?
Control the Smell – The Best Diaper Pail We Found
Trust us, you’re gonna want one of these things. Among the products we tested, Ubbi Diaper Pails hold in smell the best and do not require special bags. Ubbi also has a cloth bag insert for your cloth diapers. Ubbi Diaper pails are steel and have a nice child proof lock for when your precious little pumpkin decides to go diaper diving! Yum!
A Quick Pick for the Best Changing Table
It doesn’t matter if it’s fancy or cheap – a changing table is a must! Most moms feel that having wheels on the changing table is a nice feature. The Graco Lauren Changing Table is functional and stylish and yes – it has wheels! There are some more luxurious changing tables out there, but really, this one will do just fine and the price is right.
Changing Pads – Double Up On ‘Em
You may only have one changing table – but having two changing pads means you could use one on the table, and one in the living room for emergency changes. It is also important to have a travel diaper changing pad in your diaper bag – those plastic changing tables in public restrooms do not look very comfortable and it’s nice to have a layer of protection as well.
Always Bring a Change of Clothes
It is truly amazing how one tiny baby can produce so much poop. That is why it is so important to always have a change of clothes handy. Plan on keeping a change of clothes in every room you and baby like to hang out. That way you’re not having to run around the house with a naked or poop covered baby.
Hand Sanitizer – Yes, Please
It’s nice to have some hand sanitizer nearby for emergency hand clean up, and it is especially useful to have in your diaper bag. Any brand will do, just avoid super smelly stuff.
A Burp Cloth
A burp cloth is pretty standard for tiny babies, but having a small hand towel is perfect for when your baby starts grow and learns how to make messes!
Have a Toy On-hand
Whatever soothes your baby, use it! Diaper changes can be hard enough when you’re battling the yellow mustard, but when your sweet little angel starts kicking and screaming – the real trouble begins. Toys, books, stickers, pacifiers, etc. Whatever works!
First Aid Kit / Nail clippers
Those early newborn days can be scary, especially if it’s your first go around. Keeping a first aid kit can help soothe your nerves. Feeling the minimalist lifestyle? All you really need is Tylenol, a thermometer, nail clippers, and some Q tips.
Let’s Talk – The Best Diaper Bags
There are basically two types of diaper bags: over the shoulder or back pack. It seems most moms prefer the backpack style because they find the over the shoulder style never actually stays over their shoulder, but instead is constantly slipping down. That is certainly frustrating to deal with especially when you are also trying to wrangle a baby in your arms.
While there are many ‘diaper back packs’ available, we have found that the a Fjallraven Kanken Classic Pack is perfect for storing all your baby needs. It’s comes in a gazillion different colors, so that when baby grows up – you still have a pretty cool looking back pack!
The Fjallraven Kanken backpack is made from dirt-resistant and water resistant Vinylon that can be wiped clean. It is incredibly durable and functional. The handle of the backpack has a snap so it can be secured onto a stroller or shopping cart. They also have a Mini Kanken, for those moms who know how to carry just what they need and no more! Did we mention is comes in a huge variety of colors?!
The Best Shoulder Bag
If you feel you can do the over the shoulder juggle, the Skip Hop Duo Signature Diaper Bag to be quite functional. It has an abundance of pockets, plenty of room, and the straps can be clipped onto a stroller.
Well, that about finishes it up for the diapering essentials. Now that you’re all ready to change diapers on the go, check out our stroller reviews!