Diapering Your Baby

Reviewed by Neha Pathak, MD on March 19, 2021

Diapering may be the part of parenting you dread most. But with the right gear, diaper time doesn't have to be messy -- or stinky. Here's what you'll need to keep the changing table clean and banish odors during diaper changes.

  • Diapers: 70 to 90 diapers a week for the first 6 weeks (double that if you have twins)
  • Disposable alcohol-free wipes
  • Diaper rash ointment/cream with zinc oxide or petroleum
  • Petroleum jelly for some types of circumcision wounds
  • A changing pad
  • A cloth diaper or towel to cover a baby boy's penis when changing them
  • A diaper pail to dispose of dirty diapers
  • Hand sanitizer
  • You may also want to consider using a diaper service