For twins, that is approximately 8,000 diapers in 2 years time!
We prepare that beautiful nursery with the matching changing table, crib, and dressers. Then we end up changing our babies on the bed, the couch, or even the kitchen counter. Seriously, who told us we would be walking up the stairs 10-15 times when we need to change the baby's diaper? Why are we not helping mom to rest and recover?
Let's think of this on-going task as a way for baby and parents to be together without moving around all of the time. Baby has a real need to be close to their parents, especially their mom. She, in turn, has a need to rest, recover, and feed her baby at the breast. Keeping baby warm is done in arms, just as feeding is done in arms.
Solution: Diaper Caddies!
Consider this: why not prepare a diaper changing station that can always be near mom or dad? Diapering can then be done easily with minimal effort of the parents. To set this up I suggest 2 baskets or caddies that have divided spaces and can be moved around easily. There are many choices on the market, but I love these two options.
What do I put in a Diaper Caddy???
Fill these with diapers, wipes, and an extra pack of wipes. Trust me on this. Diaper cream, changing pads, small washcloths, a small blanket or swaddle, extra clothes and pacifiers if you use them. (The washcloths are to cover your baby boy when you open his diaper.)
For Mom, we suggest breast pads, nipple cream, lip balm, phone charger, some nutritious snack packs/bars, a water bottle, notepad, and pen. You might add a book or tablet to read. Personally, I always add a stack of thank you cards, so each night I could hand write my thank-yous, as gifts arrived.
This is now her lifeline of easy to reach supplies. Your Postpartum Doula, Grandma, Dad or older children can refill these supplies daily. Big brothers and sisters love to help, and this is a good way to keep them involved. They can pick out what mom will want to eat and sometimes the choices crack me up. Richmond Birth and Baby took care of one family that had their 4th and final baby. Big brothers would sneak in playdough, legos, gummy bears, and bubbles. I guess they thought mom would want to play, and you know what? She did. They played and giggled and reconnected after 3 days apart.
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Kristi Ramey is a Birth and Postpartum Doula helping Richmond, VA families with tips, tricks, and general information to make their lives easier. We come alongside you to help you get more rest those first few days and weeks. Email us to find out more. Info@RichmondBirthandBaby.com