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Stock Up and Stash: Be Ready for Diaper Changes Wherever You Are

By Jeana Lee Tahnk

There are lots of things you need when you have a baby, but really only a few essentials. Youneed food, clothes and diapers. Lots of diapers. For people who haven'texperienced life with a newborn before, it's hard to imagine a babywould need diaper changes 10 to 12 times a day, but it's true, and Ihave the diaper logs to prove it.

With baby No. 3, it had been a few years since I changed diapers(and kept the aforementioned diaper logs which tallies how many diapersbaby goes through each day), but it all came flooding back when I wasfaced with that little rear end. Like my two others, she was prettyconsistent with the 10 to 12 changes a day, and the one thing I hadforgotten before she came along is how quickly you go through supplies.

I order my diapers and wipes in bulk online. The minute eachorder comes in, I place rations in strategic locations all over thehouse: in my bedroom, in the nursery, in the living room - basically,any place where a diaper change could happen.

I don't stop there, either. I have diapers and wipes in my diaperbag, of course. I also have them in my car, in my husband's car and inthe stroller basket. And once, before one particular airplane trip, Ieven had my kids throw extras into their backpacks.

It may sound excessive, but trust me, if you've ever been withouta diaper when you needed one, you realize how desperate that need is. Inever leave the house with fewer than three diapers because you justnever know how many you'll need. Even if your baby just went and you're confident that you're in the clear, it's always a good idea to pack an extra few.

Also important is to make sure you have a surface to change thebaby, no matter where the diaper change takes place. There have beenmany times when I've had to do diaper changes on soccer fields, in theback of my car and even on a wide window sill at a restaurant bathroom(shouldn't those diaper changing stations be required?), and don't knowwhat I would have done without the portable changing mat that came withmy diaper bag.

Diapers and wipes are a mandatory part of life with a baby. Besure to stock up on these essentials and you'll breeze through eachdiaper change like a seasoned pro.

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