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Disposable Diapers

The best brand is the one that fits your baby well and doesn't leak -- conventional wisdom is that Pampers are better for girls and Huggies for boys. Different brands suit different baby shapes better, so try a couple brands before committing. Two packages of Newborn diapers should do the trick in addition to the hospital freebies, as your baby will outgrow the Newborn size surprisingly quickly. Once your baby moves out of newborn diapers, start buying size 1-2 in bulk.

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Pampers Swaddlers (pack of 92) Pampers Swaddlers (pack of 92)
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Baby Wipes

As a new parent, you will find yourself going through a mountain of wipes as you perfect your diaper changing technique, so buy in large quantities. Unscented wipes minimize the risk of skin irritation.

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Huggies Gentle Care Sensitive Baby Wipes (64 count) Huggies Gentle Care Sensitive Baby Wipes (64 count)
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Diaper Pail

Choose a diaper pail that does not require a tutorial. (If you play your cards right, many eager helpers will be assisting with diaper changes.) The systems that require special refills keep the pail cleaner but add to the degree of difficulty, the cost and your shopping list. Whatever type of disposal system you choose, fold the diaper inward in a neat package before disposing and keep plastic grocery bags on hand for tying off big messes.

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Baby Trend Diaper Champ 4100 Baby Trend Diaper Champ 4100
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Diaper Pail Refills

If you choose a diaper pail that requires special refills, stock up in bulk to avoid the dreaded "full diaper/bagless pail" scenario.

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Playtex Diaper Genie II Refills Playtex Diaper Genie II Refills
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Wipes Warmer

The wipes warmer sends a low current through the wipes to warm them. For a cold weather baby, a warm wipe is a nice touch. For a warm weather baby, you could wait-and-see whether your baby has sensitivity to a room-temperature wipe.

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Prince Lionheart Ultimate Wipes Warmer Prince Lionheart Ultimate Wipes Warmer
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