By Charlene O'Hanlon
It seems to be a fact of parenthood: At some point when you need tochange your baby, you will find yourself without a diaper. You could beat home, looking frantically for that pack of diapers you swore you justbought (how could he have gone through all of them so quickly?) or out and about with a diaper bag devoid of diapers (I can't believe I forgot to refill the diaper bag!). Either way, when you're out of diapers, you're out of luck.
It took a few months before I came up with a plan that includedstrategic "diaper stashes" for emergencies. I came to think of thesestashes as "diaper insurance," covering me (and my baby) when my regularsupply ran out. Each stash contained two to three diapers and included apack of wipes - when the wipes are gone, there are few things that makea decent substitute.
The great thing about a diaper stash is it can facilitate on-the-spotdiaper changes, if necessary (If your baby has ever blown out a diaper,then you'll know what I mean). But for the most part, my diaper stasheswere used for emergency only.
Here are my top six locations for diaper stashes:
- Glove compartment of my car: Great for times when you're "just running to the store ... I won't need the diaper bag," and then Murphy's Law proves you wrong.
- Glove compartment of my husband's car: Most of ourfamily outings are taken in my husband's car, and the glove compartmentstash has proven useful on more than one occasion of my forgetting torestock the diaper bag.
- The linen closet: Halfway between the living roomand the baby's room, the linen closet is a strategic location to accessfrom the two places where the baby is most often.
- My dresser drawer: For those times when the babyis in my room and needs a change, but I'm too lazy (or not dressed yet)to take him into his room.
- The older kids' room: Occasionally we congregatein my older son's room to play a computer game or so I can "help" himclean up, and during those times it's easier to stay in the room tochange the baby. Admittedly, this stash gets the least amount of use,but it's important, nonetheless.
- The back patio: For this stash I also have a changing pad, so when we're outside and the Little Man needs a change, we're all set to go.
But while diaper stashes can be a true godsend in times of emergency,they are useful only if they are well-stocked. So make sure toreplenish your supply whenever you "take from the kitty."
And make sure to completely restock your diaper stashes every fewmonths to make sure you've got the right size put away - a newborndiaper is not going to work on a baby that wears a size 3, no matter howmuch you want it to.
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