Ah, diaper changes. The one part of motherhood that seemed to slip my mind when I decided it was time to have kids. Nothing can ever prepare you for the job of cleaning up another human's bodily functions for a living, but luckily, there are quite a few tools every mom needs to make diaper changes easier (note: not easy, just easier.)
Whether you're dealing with a newborn who needs changed every few hours or a toddler who isn't yet potty trained (moms of un-potty trained toddlers, I'll say a silent prayer for you,) having a few practical tricks up your sleeves will ensure you will be prepared no matter what your baby brings your way.
Aside from the obvious things like a moral support group for traumatized parents, an endless supply of air fresheners, and enough diapers and wipes to fill the entire nursery you so painstakingly spent your pregnancy decorating, there are a few other essentials you should have in your motherhood arsenal. Diaper changes may never be fun, but it is possible to avoid the nightmare situations (like when you're out of extra diapers at a restaurant, or when your baby has a blow-out in their car seat, to name a few) using these tools that every mom should keep on hand.
1. Something To Disguise The Smell
2. Something To Protect Your Stuff
3. Some Quality Distractions
Whether it's just you singing some silly songs, a colorful toy, or a quick game on the tablet in extreme situations, distracting your baby from the task at hand will help things run smoothly.
4. Some Easy Access Clothes
5. Something To Use On The Go
I don't think I'm the only mom who hates changing her babies on the "public changing tables" in restaurants. As gross as they are, diaper changes have to happen somewhere. Luckily, portable changing pads will give you something to cover the table with or wherever and whenever you may need to.
6. Something To Heal The Inevitable Rash
7. Something To Hide The Smell On The Go
8. Something That Doesn't Scream "Diaper Bag"
9. Something To Keep It All Organized At Home
10. Something To Keep Their Skin Soft
11. More Diapers And Wipes Than You Ever Imagined
As inevitable as it is, you can never be truly prepared for the amount of diapers and wipes you'll need when raising a child. Remember though, there's no shame in asking for diapers for your kid's birthday. They're too young to remember anyways.