If you are having a little one, I highly recommend investing in a diaper caddy. They come in super handy for middle of the night diaper changes and mid-day accidents. I keep mine in the living room, so we don’t always have to walk down to the nursery for every little thing. Having these 18 Diaper Caddy Essentials will make life with a newborn so much easier!
This will definitely help when you are in the midst of the newborn phase, but I’m still loving mine for my four month old. I love that everything is accessible, especially for moments when the unexpected happens. (Like the time she spit up all over me and I needed a burp cloth!)
Deciding on a Diaper Caddy
Obviously, you will need a diaper caddy. There are so many options out there in different price ranges. It really depends on what you are looking for in a caddy and how much you are wanting to spend.
If you are planning on having more than one kiddo, you may want to invest in a high-quality caddy. I have used this so much and I’m glad I chose something that I knew I would LOVE and use!
Here are the TOP Diaper Caddies
At Bless Our Littles, we like to talk about things we love and think you might enjoy too. Some of the links on this page may be affiliate links. Which means we will receive a commission, if you click on a link and make a purchase. This is no extra cost to you. There are some products we have tried and others that we haven’t but think would be helpful to you!
Best Price + Most Popular – $19.99
When I was looking into diaper caddies, this one was recommended over and over. It has a bunch of compartments and pouches to store things in. It seems to keep things organized as well.
The reason I didn’t choose this one was that I wasn’t sure how I felt about the compartment sizes or the double handles. I also wasn’t impressed with the material and wanted something that was easy to clean!
2. My Diaper Caddy by SkipHop – $39.99
I ended up putting this on my registry and I’m so glad I did. The material is perfect, it’s sturdy and has a handy little nightlight. It has several pockets and pouches which is great, too.
The downfall with this one is that it’s a little spendy. But if you plan on having multiple kiddos, I would recommend investing in this one!
3. Cheapest Caddy – $12.99
This looks just like the first one, right? I thought so too! If you want a cheap caddy and aren’t worried about durability, this one is perfect. It has all the pouches and compartments, to keep everything organized. It’s a great option if you don’t have a large budget.
I purchased a basket with a lid for my daughter’s room. This keeps everything easily accessible without looking messy! I keep everything that’s in the living room caddy, in her nursery too.
I love this basket that I found at Michaels. Plus, I got an awesome deal!! It was 50% off and I had a coupon. Such a cute way to bring some texture into the nursery, as well!
18 Diaper Caddy Essentials
When putting together your diaper caddy essentials for your newborn, you will want to include everything I have listed here, just in case you need it! Once your little one gets older, you will be able to tailor your caddy to what they actually need.
I feel like this is pretty obvious, but you don’t want to forget them! In the beginning, I bought several different brands of diapers and tried them all out. We ended up loving Huggies, they fit her little body the best!
I would suggest buying a few different brands and trying them out! I feel like they all have a different fit, so what might work for one baby may not work for another.
Again, I’m sure you could have assumed this. We use the Pampers sensitive, simply because that’s what they used in the NICU. I have tried a few other brands, but these seem to work the best.
3. Changing Pad
I love having a portable changing pad in my diaper caddy. Whenever my daughter has a blowout, I’m super grateful for it.
Make sure you get one that is wipeable and isn’t too large. That’s what I don’t like about the one I have. I feel like it’s too big and I end up folding it in half.
If you are breastfeeding, you absolutely need a haakaa. I will be honest, I had NO IDEA how to use it. But once I got the hang of it, it was a lifesaver.
I typically use it as a milk catcher when I have oversupply (Which was horrible for the first 12 weeks). Now I find that when my daughter is going through a growth spurt I still need it.
I think it’s important to have your thermometer handy. I put mine in the diaper caddy, just to keep everything in one place. It came in helpful when she had her two and four month shots.
I love our thermometer. It makes taking her temperature so easy, even when she’s wiggly. It will beep and turn red if she is a little warm. There is no guessing, which I really like.
6. Nose Bulb
I couldn’t believe how stuffy my little girl could get and how frustrated she became while breastfeeding if she had a boogie. Having easy access to a nasal aspirator will keep you from digging through everything to find it!
I tried the nose Frida and wasn’t impressed. The NICU gave us several of the blue nose bulbs and I’m so grateful they did! They seem to work the best for us… plus they are free!
7. Nail Clippers
In the beginning, you might not need them because they are paper thin. I would just peel her nails when they started to get a little long.
I registered for the Safety 1st nail clippers and love that they have a light to see what you are doing. But, I kind of wish I had purchased the electric nail trimmers. I haven’t tried them, but Karrie Locher highly recommends them.
8. Diaper Cream (Travel Size)
9. Probiotics + Vitamin D Drops
I like to keep these in here, so I don’t forget! Each time I need something out of the diaper caddy, I’m reminded to give my daughter some.
I haven’t found a probiotic or vitamin D drops I love, yet. I’m still using what our pediatrician gave us.
10. Extra Pacifiers
Imagine yourself in the middle of the night, hunting for a pacifier, with a crying baby you can’t soothe. You will thank yourself for having a back up on hand!
When my daughter was a newborn, the NICU gave her an AVENT binky. But we’ve tried a bunch since then, and she seems to love Bibs Natural Rubber Binkies. We have four of these, which seems like the perfect number! I keep one in the diaper caddy, so if I need one quick – it’s easy to find!
11. Burp Cloth
Having an extra burp cloth is a MUST for your diaper caddy. There are so many ways you can use these, especially if you get muslin cloths. They are great for spit ups, leaking breasts, catching drool and so much more!
I didn’t end up using the newborn bibs I registered for. My little girl didn’t seem to spill that much milk while breastfeeding. But, if your baby is bottle fed having an extra is important in case you forget to grab one from the nursery.
Now that my daughter has started teething, I like having an extra one in there to put on her in case I forget. There is nothing like wet clothes from a drooly baby!
13. Extra Clothes
When your little one has a blowout, spits up, or gets milk all over in the middle of the night, you will be grateful for an extra change of clothes! Since my daughter was born in the summer, I just kept an extra onesie in the diaper caddy. Now, I have a sleeper and a onesie!
14. Snack for Mom
I never understood why I got SO hungry and thirsty while I was breastfeeding. One of the nurses at the NICU told me that mamas burn about 500-600 calories in a day. Isn’t that crazy?!
Keep a granola bar, a baggie of nuts, or your favorite snack in your diaper caddy, so you can curb your hunger while feeding your little one!
15. Teething Toy
This only applies to older babies, but I now keep a backup teether in my diaper caddy. It’s nice to know where one is at all times!
Her favorite is from this cheap Nuby teething set. You can freeze them too, which is a nice bonus.
Diaper Changing Basket in the Nursery
As I mentioned earlier, in the nursery, I keep a basket with most of these things in it as well. I think it’s important to have duplicates of almost everything, just in case you really need it! There are a few things that I don’t keep in my diaper caddy, that I do keep in this basket.
1. Gas Drops
I didn’t realize how important it would be to keep gas drops handy. During the first week our daughter was home, there were many nights that we NEEDED them. We ended up keeping them in this basket, so we weren’t running around frantically, trying to find them.
2. Baby Powder
I’ve never needed to use this, but I have it for when I do. I think it’s a good idea to just have it!
I chose the Burts Bees Talc-Free Powder. It seems to be one of the more natural baby powders on the market.
3. Rubbing Alcohol
Our pediatrician mentioned we should use this to keep her belly button clean. It was nice having it here, so I wouldn’t forget to do that daily.
After putting together my diaper caddy essentials, I’m surprised how much stuff I fit in there! I would recommend you keeping most of these things in there to start with. As your baby gets older, you will begin to tailor your caddy to your baby’s needs. I hope these tips helped!