It’s amazing how much gear you need to take with you for a tiny baby. Almost any mom of a newborn up to a toddler will tell you that she can’t go anywhere without lugging around a bag full of baby items. You’ll probably carry around a diaper bag or any similar type bag for at least the first year after your baby is born.
Just what is all that stuff packed you need to carry? Here is checklist of diaper bag vitals:
Let’s just start out with the obvious – diapers. Plan to have enough with you for the time you will be away from home, plus extra just in case. Newborn diapers are teeny-tiny, but as your baby grows so will the size of the diapers you have to take along. Keep in mind that diapers can get a bit bulky.
Since you need diapers, you also need to make room for the item that always tags along with diapers – baby wipes. A full package of baby wipes is big, not to mention heavy. A thin, plastic wipes container fits nicely into a diaper bag, and will save lots of space. Eventually when you can downsize your bag, a thin wipes container can even fit into many pocketbooks.
A couple small plastic bag for dirty diaper disposal is good to have tucked into the diaper bag.
A fold up changing mat is good to carry. Some diaper bags come with a changing mat. You can also buy disposable changing mats. Some type of changing mat is good to take along for times when you must change a diaper in a store or just when you are a visitor in someone’s home. Aside from keeping your child’s bottom clean and off of various surfaces, you’ll be making sure that your baby does not have any unfortunate accidents that you have to clean up.
If you are bottle feeding, you’ll need space for at least one bottle. You will also need the formula. If you are using powdered formula, you’ll have to plan out how much water you will need, and if you will have water readily available while you are out. You may need to carry extra bottles of water.
While away from home you may want to carry an extra set of clothes for your baby. Newborns have a way of making huge messes. Diaper leaks and spit up can leave clothing wet and messy, calling for a clothing change. And that plastic bag for dirty diapers mentioned earlier? It’s also good for storing wet, dirty clothing until you get home.
You will need room in your diaper bag for some of the little things that baby can’t do without. It’s nice to have pockets to quickly and easily reach toys, teethers, rattles and a pacifier.
Among all of the baby stuff you’ll be toting around with you, somewhere in your diaper bag you’ll need to carry along a few items for yourself. Make sure you have plenty of space for your wallet and your keys. You may also need a place for your cell phone and other personal items.
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