It took not one, not two, but THREE babies for me to finally utilize a diaper caddy. And I’m not exactly sure why it took me so long. I’ll be the first to admit I’m not the best at organization. I can turn a mess into a mean linen closet. But when chaos – also known as children – strikes I tend to lose any sense of organization and frantically try to stay afloat.
With my first baby I was so anxious to acquire the more obvious necessities. The clothing, the travel system, the infant swing and the precious crib bedding. I was thinking “big picture.” And with my second sweet babe, I was so thrilled at the thought of having my first babygirl that I focused on all things, pink, frilly, and polka-dotty.
So when the grand finale came about, the third and final Perez baby, I was solely focused on anything and everything that would simplify life as a momma of three! In fact, I ditched so much of the baby gear I stockpiled for my previous children. I thought less items meant less clutter, which meant less mess AND less cleaning. But it also meant I needed to condense as many necessities as possible to keep some structure in my home.
Cue the diaper caddy! For a mere twelve bucks I scored the cutest, sturdiest, and most efficient caddy on Amazon. The options are endless, and it’s hard to go wrong with the superb baby gear brands are dishing out these day. But it’s efficiency lays in how well you stock it! So after a few sweet months of balancing one kid on the go, one toddler in tow, and one newborn to keep from woe, I’ve got a super handy lineup of just what to pack in that caddy of yours.
- Diapers – hello it is a “DIAPER caddy”
- Wipes – because diapers and wipes go together like peanut butter and jelly
- Diaper cream or powder – this is one of those items that if not kept in the caddy, you’ll spend much too long searching for while you pray your baby doesn’t pee on your freshly vacuumed carpet
- Water – for you mama, because whether its the postpartum pain medication, the breastfeeding, or the chaos of mamahood, you’ll need a good chug pretty often
- Swaddle blanket – because diaper blowouts and spit-up accumulate quickly
- Onesie – because diaper blowouts and spit-up accumulate quickly
- Burp cloth – because using your shirt will result in an odor that can linger beneath your nose for days
- Bibs – because using your shirt will result in an odor that can linger beneath your nose for days
- Pacifier and clip – don’t skip the clip or you’ll triple the amount of money spent on replacing all of the lost pacifiers
- Baby medicines – reduce the clutter of your already overflowing medicine cabinet and keep these in the caddy dedicated just for baby
- Teething ring – my babies gnawed on teething toys as early as 3 months
For formula-fed babies:
- A sterilized bottle, distilled water, and a large helping of infant formula
For breastfed babies:
- Nipple cream, a nipple shield, and a nursing cover for unexpected company
And lastly, a couple of brands you’ll always find in our caddy!
- Goldbond (cornstarch powder)
- Aden and Anais
- Ryan and Rose
Diaper caddies bring so much to the table for infant mommas. Not only do they ease the load of moms who are healing from fresh deliveries and cesareans. But they provide organization during some of the most hectic months of motherhood! Diaper caddies nowadays can be as budget-friendly as you like. So don’t skip out on this simple mama hack. There have been days so busy and so messy, that I’ve ditched my unpacked diaper bag and grabbed my caddy for a quick exit. Gone are the days of searching under the couch for missing baby needs.
Now if only I could keep it away from my babydoll-loving toddler!