3 Diapering Essentials for Your Baby Registry
One of the first things we’re told as first-time expecting parents is to prepare for lots, and lots of diaper changes. From blowouts to leaks, we’re often warned about diapering, but until we experience newborn (and squirmy toddler!) diaper changes ourselves, it’s honestly hard to imagine the process. Sure, you may have changed your niece or nephew’s diaper, or helped with a quick change for your new mama bestie, but ensuring your nursery and diaper bag is stocked with diapering essentials is truly a whole new ball game!
As veteran parents who have tried it all – including cloth diapering – here are three diapering non-negotiables we swear by:
A Trustworthy Diaper Pail
And when we say trustworthy we mean tamper-proof (i.e. easy to lock so curious fingers can’t get in!), odor resistant, easy to clean and flexible. Our personal favorite is the Ubbi Diaper Pail. The Ubbi is made out of steel so it doesn't aggressively hold onto odors. Even better, the Ubbi doesn't require any special bags, so no need to stress about staying on top of ordering special liners, any old garbage bag will do the trick here! The Ubbi also features a rubber seal to lock in smells and help prevent mishaps from observant younger siblings.
If you’re giving cloth diapering a try, the Ubbi is easily adaptable too. Simply place a reusable, washable cloth liner in the pail and you’re ready to reduce your waste while keeping things clean and tidy! At Stork Exchange, we’re proud to offer preloved Ubbi Diaper Pails for a fraction of regular retail price. However, these beloved pails do go fast so be sure to check our online secondhand baby store often to catch when we have a used Ubbi Diaper Pail in stock!
A Comfortable Changing Pad
When it comes to easy to clean, comfortable changing pads there are two pretty distinct options in our opinion – it really boils down to your preference!
The first being, the Keekaroo Peanut Changer. With its strong outer shell, the Peanut Changer is impermeable to ANY fluid, making clean-up a cinch. The solid shell on the diaper changing pad also limits bacteria growth, while making extra covers and pads unnecessary. We find this changing pad a real winner for parents of little boys, who as newborns, are often prone to some unexpected spraying mid-diaper change.
Another changing pad option we love is the Delta Children's Contoured Changing Pad. Its curved edges keep baby secure while you change them, and it features a waterproof outer layer that is easy to clean. Bonus points for also fitting atop most standard changing tables and dressers. If you happen to go this route, consider changing pad covers. Just like we all prefer an extra set or two of sheets, keeping extra changing pad covers on hand will make a messy diaper change that much easier to manage. Our curated online marketplace offers a range of preloved, factory sealed, open box and like new used changing pad covers so you can stock up at a discount.
A Chic and Practical Diaper Bag
Diaper changes on the go don’t have to be dreadful! With so many diaper bag and diaper backpack alternatives on the market, it can be a bit overwhelming when trying to decide which option is best for you. When it comes to selecting a diaper bag we are big fans of form and function! One of our top picks is the stylish and roomy, JuJuBe B.F.F. Diaper Bag, which features seven interior pockets, insulated side pockets, and includes a memory foam changing pad. There’s also a front ‘Mommy pocket’ for you to stash your necessities as well as a microfiber glasses pocket, and detachable, adjustable backpack straps. Added bonus, the stain-resistant fabric is machine washable too!
Prefer a satchel or backpack style? Stork Exchange has a wide variety of used diaper bags from premium brands like Freshly Picked, Ergobaby, Skip Hop and Itzy Ritzy. We’re confident you’ll find a fashion-forward diaper bag that boasts the ultimate functionality.
With a solid diaper pail, changing pad and functional diaper bag, diapering your newborn or pre-potty trained toddler can be a lot easier than you expect! If you’re looking to expand your diapering tool chest beyond these three essentials, be sure to browse Stork Exchange for additional items including potties, tubs, and more!