Monday, January 2, 2012

Monday Minimalist: Baby Registries - Diapers & Formula

This is the second in my Monday Minimalist series about registering for your Baby Shower gifts. Last week I went over the nursery. In today's post, we're going to cover all of the "must haves" of Diapers & Formula.

Formula

Oddly, this "list" had nothing... at all. No bottles, nipples, dishwasher accessories. There was no actual list. You just click through to the formula page. That said, there is a section under Infant Care for nursing/feeding, so this topic will be revisited later.

Diapers

This one doesn't have a specific list, either. It just clicks through to diapers (disposable and cloth) as well as subcategories that are already included under Diapering Accessories.


Diapering Accessories

  • Baby Wipes - well yes, you'll need these! Unless, of course, you decide to use wash clothes you already have. Remember that you could request for cloth baby wipes on Etsy! They don't have to be disposable.
  • Travel Wipes - This is more about packaging than content. I do have a travel wipe box that I keep in my diaper bag.
  • Wipes Warmer - I definitely see this as a luxury item! I've wanted to own one a couple of times, but I never have had one. I always suspect that the wipes dry out faster anyway.
  • Diaper Bags (small & large) - 2 of them, really? Well... I don't like the style of most diaper bags, but they do have a lot more variety than they did 20 years ago. I went with a freebie I got from the hospital (with formula in it). It is a backpack with one shoulder strap. I got it FREE and think it works just fine. So would any backpack or small duffel you have lying around. It just depends on how many pockets you need, I guess. Mine has few.
  • Baby Changing Mat - As I have said before, I often changed diapers on the bed, the floor, the couch, etc. If I felt a need for a "changing mat," I simply used a waterproof lap pad. Kind of the same thing, aren't they? At least these are versatile!
  • Disposable Changing Pads - why do we need more disposable stuff? The great thing about those lap pads? They're small and light. They fold up and fit into any bag with great convenience. And they're washable!
  • Diaper Rash Cream - I'd recommend having some on hand. I'd be pretty picky about what you get, though. Research the options, check the ingredients. This is one item that is probably easier to purchase for yourself.
  • Diaper pail - if you're using disposables, these are nice but totally a luxury item. The garbage can works just fine. If you're going with cloth (good for you!), then you'll want to decide whether you're going with a wet or dry pail method and then choose a pail for your situation.
  • Diaper Pail Refills - that sounds like more disposable stuff to me! You get what you need, though. I think I'm going to use a 5 gallon bucket with no liner.

I hope you find this series useful when deciding what you need or want for your expanding family. I'm providing my own opinions on the items listed, but these are just what worked for me. I also hope you'll come back for more categories in the series.

The next category on the list is Safety.

What is your must have item for diapering?

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3 comments:

  1. I have to say that having disposable wipes on hand is good for those super-messy changes. Especially when you're out and about.

    We used a tote bag for a diaper bag. I separated everything (snack items, diapering, change of clothes, misc. emergency stuff) into different zip-loc bags. I recently got a few handmade wet/dry bags with drawstring tops for this. I know that the bag with green stripes has a change of clothes and the little blue one has band-aids and wet wipes, for instance.

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  2. We just use a regular backpack as our diaper bag, because I like to have my hands free! It doubles as my purse during the diaper days as well. :) (And then it's back to using my pockets, lol.)

    I bought a travel changing mat with Mikko and used it … um … maybe once? I seriously just don't get why I should bother. :) If I need one (like, a dirty/cold surface or, more likely to make me care, a surface I'm trying not to get poo on if there's been a poosplosion), I'll just put a prefold under his bum. We often change on our laps, anyway!

    I never did have a wipes warmer, either, and my babies have survived so far, cold bums and all.

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    1. I've been known to change a diaper in my lap in a pinch. I wind up carrying a receiving blanket - more versatile. I can change a diaper on it, add a little warmth, or even use it as a nursing cover if I must.

      I totally use the diaper backpack as my purse! Otherwise I go through phases of carrying a purse or not.

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