Before Camilla was born, I knew I wanted to put together a diaper caddy to keep downstairs. Since we have a two-story house and her nursery is on the second floor, it would be super inconvenient to carry her up and down the stairs every time she needed changed! We spent a LOT of time in the living room downstairs those first couple of weeks so it was definitely a necessity to have all of the basics within arm’s reach when we needed them.
If you will be spending anytime in a different part of your house that is not the nursery I highly recommend a diaper caddy. It can move around with you anywhere you need it! I found this perfect storage caddy at target and it works really well. I think they have multiple designs and patterns as well but I like to keep it neutral with grey. If you are preparing to welcome a new little one into your family, put “creating a diaper caddy” on your nesting to do list!
What to Put in a Diaper Caddy
- Diapers (I had enough for a few days so I wasn’t having to constantly restock)
- Wipes package
- Puppy pads (definitely a need! We would just lay one on the couch or floor to change her. There were multiple occasions of “accidents” during diaper changes and I am glad I could just throw away the puppy pad instead of scrub my couch or floor)
- Changing pad – I do have a wipeable changing pad in there too, and maybe when we graduate from the puppy pads we will use that more… but we honestly haven’t used it yet)
- Diaper Rash Cream – we love Butt Paste
- Diaper Rash Applicator – a game changer, I have one in her nursery too. Much easier to apply diaper cream
- Burp Cloths – I stored burp cloths in here too for feedings downstairs
- Receiving blanket – I use these blankets in the bath to keep her covered but also in those early days, when there were lots of spills and leaks during feedings, they came in handy so that our couch/pillows weren’t getting gross
- Pacifier: Handy to keep one accessible if needed, though Camilla hasn’t really ever taken one
- Shoosher: We used this downstairs when she napped in the living room those first two week.
- Optional: Nasal aspirator/Nail Clippers – only needed those first couple of weeks for us when we “lived” downstairs, now I just keep them upstairs.
Even now that we don’t spend all of our time in the downstairs living room (we have an upstairs loft right outside her nursery where we hang out a loot), we still have the diaper caddy in the living room for when she is down there in the evenings or if we have guests. I just store it in our built-in cabinets so it is out of the way when we don’t need it.