You'll go through a lot of little diapers. A lot. Some newborn diapers are designed with a cutout area for the umbilical cord. If your preferred brand does not, simply fold down the diaper's waistband air can get to the cord as it heals. Gordon's research indicated that brand-name newborn diapers (Pampers, Huggies) are recommended over generic.
You'll use a lot of wipes, too. Get a big plastic case, a thin travel case (or two) and then buy refill packs. You'll find yourself using these for more than baby's bottom — you'll wipe changing surfaces, car seats, shopping cart handles, restaurant tables and more.
Thicker than receiving blankets, washable changing pads provide a clean, soft surface for changing baby. Keep them in your diaper bag and near changing tables and other areas in which you frequently change baby.
Keep your diaper bag stocked with diapers, wipes, lap pads and a change of clothes at all times. No matter where you're headed, just pick up the bag and go — you'll have everything you need.
Zinc oxide products like Desitin help prevent diaper rash by creating a protective shield on baby's bottom. You'll achieve similar results with the lanolin you picked up for sore nipples (above). If you powder baby's bottom, consider using kitchen cornstarch. It's fragrance-free and less expensive than baby powder.
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