Mommy Tips – Week 8
Anatomy of a Diaper Bag: What to Bring for Your Baby
By this time, you've probably ventured out with your little one. Many new moms find that getting ready to go somewhere seems to take almost as long (or longer) than the actual trip. A well-stocked diaper bag that is always ready to go can help expedite your preparations.
For your typical day, a well-stocked bag should have:
- Diapers and wipes (shocking, right?)
One diaper for every two hours you'll be gone, plus an extra
- Hand sanitizer
For cleaning hands before and after, and for cleaning dirty change tables
- Bottles and beverages/Nursing cover
If you are hesitant about nursing in public, a blanket or nursing cover can offer some added privacy. If you formula feed, the pre-measured packets or formula storage containers can make mixing on the go simple.
- Burp cloths
- Bottled water
For making bottles, and for a thirsty mama!
- Change of clothes for your baby
Diaper blowouts can happen at any time. Bring a simple, easy to pack, extra outfit.
These items are certainly nice to have, if you have the space or inclination:
- Diaper disposal bags
These rolls of lightly scented bags can cover up that stink until you find a trash can. They are also great if you have to carry home an outfit that was the victim of a diaper blowout.
- Diaper cream
- Extra toys/socks/blanket/pacifier
Any necessity that can easily be lost or dropped onto a dirty floor
- Any needed infant medications
- Sun block
For longer outings, it is nice to have:
- Change of clothes for you
In case aforementioned diaper blowout manages to spread to you
- Sling or carrier
- Extra bottles/diapers
Pack a number appropriate to the number of feeds you think you'll be doing while you are out, plus one.
Of course this list will change over time. Once your baby starts solids, you will add in snacks, bibs, spoons, and more. You should also make sure that you always take your insurance information and the contact information for your little one's pediatrician.