So you have a newborn and you’ve been preparing non-stop. One of the major items to prepare in expectations of a newborn baby is the diaper bag. The diaper bag is vital because it’s a convenient way to pack all the items needed to take care of a baby. A diaper bag should be ready before the baby comes and the mom should have it with her in the hospital just before delivery. There are some essentials that should be in the Diaper bag beside you know...diapers. I’ll list them below. Keep in mind that as your baby grows their needs change and so what you need to put in their diaper bag changes too. For example, for a newborn, you wouldn't need to pack shoes but as your baby grows into a toddler, you’ll need to get a spare pair of shoe and change of clothes in your diaper bag.

First, let’s talk about the obvious essentials  that need to go into a diaper bag:

Diapers:

You should pack one diaper for each hour you'll be out, plus a few extra just in case.

Wipes:

You can stick ten or so in a plastic bag if you're not going out for long. Wipes are perfect not just for diaper changes, but also for sticky hands and dirty surfaces. It’s an added plus if you can pack disinfectant wipes or cleaning those hands and sticky fingers.

Hand sanitizer:

For cleaning your hands after diaper changes when there's no time or place to wash them. Disinfectant wipes could also do the job.

Changing pad:

Many diaper bags come with a reusable changing pad, or you can buy one separately. Disposable changing pads are an added convenience when traveling so you can get a few to use when preparing for a trip. Packing a hand towel from home will also do.

Plastic or biodegradable bags:

For storing soiled diapers, clothes, and baby blankets. Remember plastic bags pose a risk of suffocation to babies so make sure you keep them out of reach of your babies and toddlers.

Bottles:

Pack bottles of baby formula and baby food.

Snacks:

Pack snacks for older kids or for babies already eating solids. Pack sliced fruit, juice boxes etc. Also, pack a bib because that will most likely soil themselves. Also pack a sippy cup of milk, water, or juice(if you don’t pack juice boxes)

Blanket:

You can use a blanket to shade your baby from the sun on the stroller or as a changing pad, nursing cover, bib, or burp cloth.

Extra clothes for your child:

You never know when spit-up, drool, spills, or poop explosions will necessitate a change of clothing. Also, pack socks and underwear for potty trained or toddlers still being potty trained

Miscellaneous:

Pack a pacifier (if your child uses one) or other comfort items. Also pack sunscreen, a hat etc

Emergency information:

Make sure you have the phone numbers of your family's doctors programmed in your cell phone and health insurance cards in your wallet.

 

Other Items Needed in a Diaper Bag

After you’ve packed all the necessary items, now it’s time to pack other basics you might need. What extra you take depends on the space you have left in the diaper bag and what trip you are planning for i.e is it a day long trip, traveling for the weekend or just a couple of hours. Keep all this in mind

Toddler T-strap Shoes:

This is needed after your baby has grown older and has started to walk. A pair of Cute T-strap Shoes come in handy if you toddler wants to get out of the stroller and walk alongside you or if you have to make a quick stop at a friends house. It comes in handy and elevates their look.

Nasal aspirator:

You’ll be happy to have one of these on hand if the baby has mucous in their nostrils.

Nursing cover:

Lots of moms like these when they’ll be breastfeeding in public. But it’s not mandatory. Mom’s should be able to freely breastfeed their babies however and whenever needed without being scolded at by ignorant people.

Extra shirt for yourself:

It’s easier than you’d imagine finding yourself covered in spit up or other lovely liquids. Bring an extra tee just in case.

Nursing and vaginal pads for you:

These are especially essential in the first few weeks when your liquid output is still pretty high. Also, Breast pads for nursing moms

Toys:

Pack some toys. This is for when your baby is more active with their hands and senses so not for a couple of months after birth at least. : Choose toys based on your outing and your child's age. A toddler going to a restaurant often requires a lot of entertaining distractions, while a 4-month-old may be happy with one rattle.

Sling or wrap for carrying your baby:

Even if you're heading out with a stroller, you may prefer to park it and transfer your baby to a hands-free carrier if you're headed someplace crowded.

First-aid kit:

You may want to include adhesive bandage strips, antibiotic cream, pain reliever, and other first-aid supplies. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Other Items:

Items like Tissues, Nail clippers, Breast pads for nursing moms and Diaper rash cream (Taking just a small tube is always fine and takes up less space), hand lotion for after you wash your hands etc.

Conclusion

As with most things, what you put in your diaper bag depends on your personal need and the uniqueness of your baby’s needs. This list only serves as a guide or as a good place to start and then as you start to get the hang of things, you can personalize your items to fit your needs. Always remember to do your research before making any purchase. A final tip is that a lot of parents prefer to have a second smaller diaper bag always stocked and kept around or in the car in case of emergencies.

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