When leaving home with a baby, it’s important to carry a fully stocked diaper bag. Having a checklist is a great idea so that you always have what you need. You may pack different things for different outings, but you should have a basic list of necessities that are always ready to go at all times. Even if planning on only being gone for a short period of time, it’s best to be prepared just in case the outing takes longer than expected.
Here are some of the things you need:
Packing Baby Diapers and Accessories
Plan to change a baby’s diaper every 2 to 3 hours, unless the baby has a bowel movement. In that case, the baby should be changed right away. Estimate the time spent away, then pack the appropriate amount of diapers. Be sure to pack a couple of extra just in case.
Baby Bottles and Food
Unless breastfeeding at all times, a diaper bag needs baby bottles and formula. Fill baby bottles with purified water and seal tightly. Add them to the bag along with premeasured formula, a bib, and a burp cloth. If packing for an older baby, be sure to pack some snacks, jars of baby food and a spoon.
Clothes for Diaper Bag
Babies seem to have a knack for throwing up or having a diaper leak when you’re out somewhere. Pack a spare set of clothing in the diaper bag, and be sure to include an extra set of socks. Placing the clean clothes in a sealed plastic bag is a great way to keep things together and clean.
It’s always best to pack something that will keep a baby amused. For newborns, pack books and toys that contain basic shapes in black and white and red. For older babies, pack more colorful baby toys. Pack things like a stuffed animal that plays music, a board book and teething toys that can go in their mouths.
Additional Diaper Bag Essentials
Whatever your child specifically needs, make certain it is on your list and in your bag. Here are some other essentials:
Packing a diaper bag with the right essentials assures a mom that everything a baby needs when out of the house is secured. Even if only planning a quick outing, a diaper bag should be taken as one never knows if something like a flat tire, missed bus, or traffic jam may occur. As the old saying goes, “It’s better to be safe than sorry.”
- baby wipes
- portable changing pad
- diaper rash ointment
- disposable plastic bags for dirty items and soiled diapers
- nursing supplies (pads, cover, etc.)
- baby bottles
- burp clothes
- baby food
- extra outfit that includes everything needed for the weather and outing
- baby blanket
- security blanket or favorite stuffy
- pacifier (if appropriate)
- pain reliever
- board books
- teething toys
- lullaby music