Posted by Kiri on December 06, 2016
There are a handful of products that you truly need on hand and god forbid you ever run out of them in times of need! Its always a good idea to stock up on the essentials but no one really tells you how many of something you will need or when you will need extras etc.
Nappies: This is specific to disposable nappies which most parents opt for. A few factors apply, the capacity of the nappy, how frequently you do changes or how full you let the nappy get, how frequently your little one actually ‘goes’, the weight or size of your child and even how many nappies come in the box of the brand you buy.
We were fortunate enough to be in a nappy trial as testers when our son was only a few months old so i could do a genuine comparison between the brands on how they worked, how much wee they helps, if there were any ‘blow outs’, if there were any red marks from wear and also which ones were better at keeping nappy rash to a minimum. Brands included Huggies, Babylove, Mamia (Aldi brand), Pampers & one other type that was unknown but completely useless anyway.
We choose to use Huggies so all the following is based on this. Our business Boutique Parenting does not sell any Huggies products nor did we receive any payment what so ever for the above mentioned testing. We choose to use Huggies based on personal preference alone.
Calculations based on our son:
|Size||Nappy Changes Per Day||Total Nappies|
|Walker 13-18kg||3||720 (start potty training)|
|Junior 16kg+||1-2||potty training or potty trained|
Use this info as a rough estimate and stock up when nappies are on sale!
When you will need extras- stock up your nappy bag with at least 4 when going out an about with a newborn and at least 2 with a toddler. If your little one is sick and struggling to feed or eat then this will tend to mean less nappies overall but tummy bugs always mean a lot more nappies so its very situation specific and common sense will be your best friend. The best advise i can give is keep secret spares: 2 for the car boot, 2 for the grandparents houses and 2 under a bathroom sink or in a cupboard- these will be your emergency only go to nappies so you never have to stress about running out at 10pm at night when nothing is open.
Wipes: A similar dilemma to nappy quantities but the rule of thumb is that most parents use an average of 3 wipes per poo and 1 per wee. You can calculate your estimated use based on the nappy maths above
|Size||Nappy Changes Per Day||Estimated Wipes per Day||Total Wipes|
|Junior 16kg+||1-2||1+||250+ (hopefully none)|
No matter what brand you buy, get them in the biggest pack they come in and if you see them on special make sure you buy way more than you think you need. They WILL get used :)
Nappy Cream: Firstly, find out what product or brand works best with your bub, for my bub, its Bepanthen. We personally tried Curash, Sudocrem, one from Aden + Anais and a few others i cant remember and Bepanthen- find what works and stick to it unless it stops working that way you know where all your regular places are to buy some and you are more likely to notice when it goes on special too. Once you know which one you like best you will be able to determine how long it takes to use up 1 tube/container of it. Your child will probably be in nappies full time for 2+ years
Calculations: We go through 1 100g tube every 2-3 months but more often when younger (eg 1 per month until 11+ months old). Based on this we worked out that for 2 and a half years so we would need approximately 19-23 tubes from newborn to 36 months.
If your planning on having another child then this type of product will never go to waste!
Tissues: Everyone in your family WILL get sick with some sort of respiratory infection when you have a baby around. Babies just haven't got a good immune system yet so its inevitable that colds and flus are just going to happen so its always a good idea to have some super soft tissues on hand in case a cold hits the family late at night when no shops are open and snot is going everywhere (TMI sorry). Get yourself a good nasal aspirator and humidifier for your baby as tissues are a bit too rough for continuous use on babies noses so these are just for the rest of the family and to keep your baby aware from the extra germs your sharing during a cold. From newborn to 6 years old, kids are predicted to get 4-8 colds PER YEAR so thats 24-48 colds before they are 6 years old and that means there is at least this many chances of parents and other family members getting sick too! Yikes!.
Tissue boxes are bulky and unnessicary… until you have a cold and really need them. I cant imagine trying to bulk buy 48+ tissue boxes as most people just wont have the space. My family keeps 2-3 boxes of the extra soft aloe vera or eucalyptus ones in our linen cupboard for just these occasions. My rule of thumb is 1 box per person in our house + 1. This way you will have enough to get you through the worst initial part of the virus/infection before you have to go buy more. (this tissue stash is in addition to our regular tissues we keep under the bathroom since so we never use up to soft ones for everyday use)
Swaddles & Sleepwear: Newborns need to be swaddled and unfortunately the also spew and poo a lot so swaddles and sleepwear get dirty very quickly. The worst situation to be in is having a tired baby who needs to sleep and having nothing clean to sleep in- some parents resort to using larger sheets or blankets which honestly heightens the risk of SIDS so should be avoided. Easy to say but when you have a newborn every parent knows how tough it is also getting all the housework done including the never ending pile of clothes washing.
You’ve got options though!
Please keep in mind every baby is different and every parent will do things differently too lsome will only apply a tiny bit of cream while other will cover like a layer of cake icing. These things WILL obviously affect how much of any given product you use or how frequently you need something so calculate based on your own use and you will be guaranteed to save yourself the dreaded ‘no nappies left’ situation.