Keep calm and set up stations.
There will be a ton of diaper changing and baby feeding (not to mention newborn snuggling) going on all over your house in the next few months, so we love the idea of making it easy on yourself in advance by creating stations in several key places. Here's what you'll want to stock in nursing, diaper and bathroom stations.
- A burp cloth
- Some entertainment: a book, a tablet/e-reader, a few back issues of magazines
- A water bottle (we LOVE the BPA-free Bubba water bottle for its handle and big straw for maximum hydration).
- Snacks (try MilkMakers' individually wrapped, supply-boosting lactation cookies)
- A swaddle or a cozy blanket for snuggling up with baby
- A nursing pillow (our lactation consultants love My Breast Friend; other mamas adore the Ergobaby Natural Curve Nursing Pillow)
You'll probably find several comfy spots in your home that work for feeding baby, likely in your bedroom and living room, so it makes things easy to have a cluster of goodies in each station, especially if your home has more than one floor.
- Size 1 diapers (oh too teeny, tiny and cute!)
- Wipes (those little behinds are so adorable you'll barely mind cleaning them, we promise!)
- Diaper cream (we're big fans of The Honest Company Healing Balm)
- A changing pad (either a full-size changing pad or a compact changing kit)
You'll likely be changing diapers in baby's nursery, in your bedroom and in the living room/playroom (not to mention on the go), so you might consider setting up baskets full of diaper goodies in multiple locations. The Diaper Genie caddy makes it easy to organize, but any basket will do.
- A spray bottle to relieve some of the pain of postpartum recovery when you urinate.
- A sitz bath or sitz spray to soothe sore perineal muscles
- Flushable wet wipes. Trust.
- Products for padsicles (frozen pads with witch hazel—they can be a lifesaver postpartum)
Now excuse us while we swoon over all the sweet diaper and nursing stations you've set up for your little ones. What lucky babies!