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Necessary Diaper Caddy Essentials For Moms

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Knowing what diaper caddy essentials you need is vital in getting through those sleep-deprived nights and not-so-bright-eyed and bushy-tail days. Having everything within arms each makes a world of difference when caring for a fussy baby needing a diaper change or those middle-of-the-night feeds.

No need to go out and purchase a pre-made diaper caddy if that’s even a thing. LOL So what do you put in a diaper caddy aka nappy caddy you ask?  You honestly don’t need much just a diaper caddy basket and your most used diaper essentials.

It’s up to you how many baby-changing organizers you create. I thought it was incredibly helpful to have two. One to keep downstairs and one to keep upstairs at the bedside. And of course, we fully stocked the nursery with all the supplies we needed.

I promise you, the last thing you want to do with a new baby is run around the house looking for the baby diaper essentials you need for a change.

Diaper Caddy Checklist

  • Diapers
  • Changing Pad Liner
  • Wet Dry Bag
  • Diaper Cream
  • Extra Onesie/Socks
  • Wipes
  • Nipple Ointment
  • Breast Pads
  • Receiving Blanket
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Pacifier
  • Burp Cloths
  • Thermometer

Use these diaper caddy ideas to create your own DIY diaper caddy and make life a little easier.

Diaper Caddy Essentials

Diapers- Whether you use disposable or cloth diapers they are without a doubt the number one item needed as a diaper caddy essential. At a minimum, we went through about 2 diapers a night so I kept around 6 to 7 diapers in my bedside diaper caddy.

For what we used downstairs during the day we kept it fully stocked with diapers. You will go through a few different brands before finding what works best.

Wet Dry Bags- One of my all-time favorite baby and toddler must-haves is a wet dry bag. If you use cloth diapers a wet dry bag is probably one of the most necessary cloth diaper essentials, you need. You’ll need to keep one in your baby changing caddy.

They hold in smells, are reusable, and are waterproof so no leaks to worry about. You can later use your wet dry bags as you move into the potty training years. Keep one in your diaper bag as well.

Wipes- You can never have enough of these! Wipes are the second most important of your diaper caddy essentials. Water wipes are perfect for sensitive skin.

Changing Pad Liners- Inexpensive, waterproof, and machine washable changing pad liners to have something for your baby to lie on and attempt to avoid messes.

Diaper Cream- For the mamas that use cloth add GroVia balm stick to your cloth diaper caddy. We started with cloth diapers for almost a year before transitioning to disposable. Be careful what diaper cream you use on the cloth. The stick is easy to use, doesn’t make a mess, and has good natural ingredients.

Once we transitioned to disposable, we used Weleda calendula diaper cream.

Pacifier- These seemed to always go missing so I highly suggest glow-in-the-dark pacifiers and at least one extra one in your basket. 

Breast Pads- Not only did I keep breast pads in my breastfeeding station I also kept a set in my diaper caddy. If you plan on breastfeeding, you’ll be surprised how much leakage takes place when your babe sleeps for an extra hour longer than expected.

Nipple Ointment- If your plan is to breastfeed nipple ointment will become your best friend. Add it to your baby changing table supplies checklist and keep it everywhere.

Related: Breastfeeding Essentials Every Mom Needs

Onesies & Socks- The newborn stage is messy well who am I kidding it’s all messy. But during the newborn phase, there are blowouts, spit-up, and new baby boys who pee everywhere. Keep extra onesies or clothes and socks in your diaper caddy.

Receiving Blanket- I always kept a receiving blanket in my basket because they serve multiple purposes. If I needed to I used one as my changing pad or a burp cloth.

Burp Cloths- Be sure to pack a few burp cloths.

Thermometer- It can be pretty scary when our little ones get sick. Keep a thermometer tucked in your caddy.

Hand Sanitizer- You’ll use lots of hand sanitizer.

Toys- Toys are not a must on the diaper caddy essentials list but can come in handy during the daytime.


Over-the-Door Diaper Caddy A diaper caddy organizer you can use anywhere in your home especially in your baby’s nursery as long as there’s a door is this over-the-door caddy from Pottery Barn.

  • Neutral in color.
  • Four compartments with nylon mesh windows.
  • Two hooks for hanging.
  • Overall dimensions: 14” wide x 4.5” deep x 46.5” high.

The downside: If you only create one caddy this wouldn’t be ideal to carry from room to room for diaper changes.

Ubbi Portable Diaper Changing StationA portable diaper caddy and one of the best out there that has all the space you should need is the Ubbi.

  • Comes in 3 colors.
  • Compartments for diapers and lotion.
  • Changing mat is included.
  • A drawer for smaller items like diaper cream and hand sanitizer.
  • Easy to clean.

Hiccapop Hanging Diaper Caddy OrganizerIf you are looking for a sturdy hanging diaper caddy the Hiccapop is it. 

  • Six shelves and two pockets for organization.
  • Capable of holding up to 72 diapers!
  • Three buckle straps for hanging.

The downside: It’s bulky.

Quinn Nursery StorageA minimalist diaper caddy that can work with any home decor. Lightweight and portable no-fuss caddy that can fit the minimum items you need.

Dimensions: 14” long x 9” wide x 3.75” high.

The downside: You can only fit the bare minimum.

Organizer Tote BagAn organizer that you can carry from room to room with loads of baby items is the Lily Miles baby diaper caddy.

  • Removable dividers.
  • Eight exterior pockets.
  • Collapsible to take on the go.

Dimensions: 15 x 10 x 7 inches.

I hope you find this post on Necessary Diaper Caddy Essentials For New Moms helpful. As new moms, we need all the things that can make mom’s life easier. You’ll find it helpful to have what you need for baby all in one place. Enjoy the journey!

Diaper Caddy Essentials FAQs

What should I put in a diaper caddy?

For each item you use regularly for diaper changes keep them in your caddy. Here are some diaper cart ideas:


Changing Pad Liner

Wet bag

Diaper Cream

Extra Onesie/Socks


Nipple Ointment

Breast Pads

Receiving Blanket

Hand Sanitizer


Burp Cloths


Is a diaper caddy necessary?

Yes! You want to have all of your supplies in one place close by. It will make diaper changes easier and quicker than having to roam around the house looking for what you need.

How do you stock a diaper cart?

Stock your diaper cart with your most frequently used items during diaper changes. You can use an actual cart, basket, or acrylic bin. Whatever works easiest for you.

Where do you put a diaper caddy?

Put your caddy in areas of the house you spend the most time. American Academy of Pediatrics recommends room sharing for the first six months. So keep one at the bedside too.

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