Baby Changing Essentials Guide: Must-Have Products for New Parents
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Time to read 5 min
Are you a new parent eagerly preparing for the arrival of your bundle of joy?
As exciting as it is, there's no denying that taking care of a baby comes with its fair share of challenges. One of the essential tasks you'll encounter multiple times a day is changing your baby's nappy (diaper).
To make this process smoother and more convenient, it's crucial to have the right baby changing essentials on hand. In this guide, we will walk you through the must-have products for new parents when it comes to changing your little one's nappy. From nappies and wipes, to nappy rash creams and changing mats, we've got you covered.
We'll also offer insightful tips to help you create a safe and comfortable environment for your baby during diaper changes. As a new parent, navigating the world of baby products can be overwhelming. That's why we're here to provide you with easy-to-follow advice, ensuring you have all the necessary items to make changing bottoms a breeze.
So, let's dive in and explore the essential baby changing products every new parent should consider.
The Baby Changing Station
It might sound a bit militant to have a ‘changing station’ but when you’re changing your baby for what seems like the 1000th time that day, and dealing with Poonamis, it is super handy to have everything contained in one place for speedy, effcient nappy changes.
This baby changing station should be a comfortable and safe space where you can easily access all the baby changing essentials. It could be a dedicated changing table or a section of a dresser. Whatever option you choose, make sure it has a sturdy surface and is at a height that doesn't strain your back.
Additionally, having storage space nearby for easy access to nappies, wipes, toys and other essentials is a life safer!
We also advise that you have a more portable setup, to save on the constant trips upstairs or into the nursery. This is where our travel baby changing essentials come into their own.
Wipes are an essential part of any baby changing routine. They help keep your baby's bottom clean and fresh, and also come in handy for wiping hands, faces, and other areas as needed. However, not all wipes are created equal, and it's essential to choose the right ones for your baby's delicate skin.
When selecting wipes, opt for those that are specifically designed for sensitive skin and are free from harsh chemicals, fragrances, and alcohol. Look for hypoallergenic and dermatologically tested options to minimise the risk of irritation. Biodegradable wipes are also a great choice for eco-conscious parents.
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Oh and it's a good idea to buy wipes in bulk, as you'll be using them frequently. Keep several packs of wipes in your baby changing station, as well as a pack in your changing bag for on-the-go changes. In fact, keep packs to hand all over the house, you're going to need them!
TOP TIP! Remember to always close the pack tightly to prevent the wipes from drying out - use our nappy pouches to help keep them safe and clean!
Nappy rash is a common concern for babies, and having a good nappy rash cream on hand is essential for preventing and treating this discomfort. Nappy rash occurs when the skin in the diaper area becomes irritated, often due to prolonged exposure to wetness or the friction caused by the material.
To prevent nappy rash, it's important to change your baby's nappy frequently and ensure their bottom is clean and dry before putting on a fresh diaper. Applying a thin layer of nappy rash cream as part of your baby changing procedure can create a protective barrier between your baby's skin and the nappy, reducing the chances of irritation.
When choosing a nappy rash cream, look for those that contain zinc oxide or petroleum jelly as these ingredients are known for their soothing and protective properties. Avoid creams with fragrance or unnecessary additives that could potentially irritate your baby's delicate skin.
Remember, prevention is key when it comes to nappy rash. By following good hygiene practices and using a quality nappy rash cream, you can help keep your baby's bottom healthy and rash-free
Changing your baby's nappy can be challenging if they aren't comfortable. That's where a Mabel & Fox baby changing mat comes in handy. Mabel & Fox's mats provide a soft, trendy and hygienic surface enabling comfort throughout the process.
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When you're out and about with your baby, having a well-organised baby changing bag is a lifesaver. These bags are designed to carry all your baby changing essentials, ensuring that you have everything you need for diaper changes on the go.
When choosing a baby changing bag, consider one with multiple compartments and pockets to help you stay organised. Look for a bag that is sturdy and durable, as it will be carrying all your baby's essentials. Adjustable straps or backpack-style bags can be more comfortable, especially if you'll be carrying the bag for extended periods.
Make sure your baby changing bag is well-stocked with diapers, wipes, nappy rash cream, and any we recommend one of our folding travel changing mats. Having a fully equipped bag will give you peace of mind when you're away from home.
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To make nappy changes as efficient as possible, it's important to keep your changing area organised and clutter-free. Having a well-organised space ensures that you can easily find and access all the items you need, reducing stress and frustration during diaper changes. Consider using storage solutions such our best selling Mabel & Fox nappy caddy, storage crates or baskets to keep your baby changing essentials neatly arranged. Labeling the storage containers can also save you time when you're in a hurry.
Regularly check your baby changing station to ensure that everything is well-stocked and in good condition. One of the best hacks we have seen is to utilise your wall space. Put up some shelves, or hooks, to hang some nappy pouches or hanging organisers and use this as a place to store baby changing essentials. Our crates are stackable and a great option too!
Top tip - Ensure that your changing area is well-lit and has all the necessary supplies within arm’s reach.
In addition to the previously mentioned baby changing essentials, there are a few other items that can enhance your baby changing routine. Consider investing in a changing table if you have the space and budget for it. Changing tables provide a dedicated and comfortable space for nappy changes, often with built-in storage for diapers, wipes, and other supplies.
As a new parent, navigating the world of baby changing essentials can be overwhelming. However, by having the right products and creating an organised and functional baby changing routine, you can make nappy changes a breeze.
By following these tips and ensuring you have all the necessary baby changing essentials, you'll be well-prepared to take care of your little one's nappy changes with ease and confidence.
Enjoy this special time with your baby and embrace the joy of parenthood!