When it comes to you and your baby going out, nothing can be more important than a well-stocked diaper bag. After deciding on the right type of bag your next decision is going to be what needs to go inside so that you’re prepared for anything.
In many ways this will depend on your own personal preferences however, there are some items that you just won’t want to do without.
Diaper Bag Basics
The basic items that you need to have in your diaper bag are quite straightforward. You’ll need diapers and diaper cream if you’re using it. Add a few plastic bags to your bag so that you can put dirty cloth diapers inside.
Plastic bags will also come in handy if there isn’t a garbage can around where you can get rid of a disposable diaper. You’ll need at least one change of clothing for your baby.
After all, one stinky diaper can very easily dirty what your baby is wearing. A diaper changing pad will also come in handy if you have to change your baby in a location where there isn’t a clean space available.
The Necessity of Wipes in Your Diaper Bag
Don’t forget the wipes. Wipes aren’t just necessary for cleaning your baby’s bottom they also come in very handy for cleaning sticky fingers and wiping down a dirty shopping cart.
You’ll be using a lot of wipes so if you have room in your diaper bag why not bring along a full box rather than just a few wipes in the travel size?
This way, you won’t run out on one of those days when you could have used a few more.
Feeding Your Baby on the Go
Being away from your home means that, you’ll be feeding your baby wherever you happen to be. What you need for this will depend on how old your baby is and what she’s eating.
If your baby isn’t yet eating solids then you’ll need bottles with formula or perhaps bottles with breast milk if you’re not going to be breastfeeding that day.
If you’re going to be breastfeeding you’ll want to bring along your nursing cover for privacy. For older babies who are eating solids, you’ll need a few more items in your diaper bag. This includes the following:
- Sippy cup
- Juice box (if your baby is drinking juice)
- Baby food
- Baby Spoon
Try to choose snacks that don’t require a lot of cleanups, such as Cheerios. You want to make eating out of your diaper bag fast, easy, and problem-free for both you and your baby.
Other Essentials You Can’t Do Without
Depending on how much room you have in your diaper bag and how much you want to carry around with you, there are a few other items that you might want to put into your diaper bag.
If you’re heading out into the sun you’ll want to be prepared to protect your baby from the sun’s rays. Bring along sunscreen and a sun hat for protection.
A light blanket will also provide protection if you need to hang it from the stroller to block the sun. If your baby uses a pacifier you might want to have an extra one in the bag on the chance that the one she’s using gets lost.
Bring along some extra breast pads if you’re nursing so that you don’t get caught without. Don’t forget to bring along a few of your baby’s favorite toys to keep her amused.
Toys can be especially helpful in entertaining your baby if you’re going to a restaurant. Lastly, leave a bit of room in your diaper bag for some of your own things so that you don’t need to take your purse along as well.
This includes your cell phone, wallet, sunglasses, and your own bottle of water.
Organization and Your Diaper Bag
Organization is the key to keeping your baby happy when you’re on the go. Not only are the items that you carry in your diaper bag important, the bag itself is just as important.
Choose a diaper bag that, once packed, isn’t going to be too heavy for you to lug around. The last thing you want is a bag that is bulky and cumbersome to take with you.
Your bag should have lots of pockets to hold all your baby’s essentials without all those pockets being too confusing to keep track of what is where.
Get into the habit of restocking your bag as soon as you can after you get back home. Of course, you won’t be able to put milk or other perishable foods back into the bag but you can stock up those diapers, make sure you have plenty of wipes, and fill the Cheerios container.
The more organized you are the less likely you’re going to forget or run out of some essential item that you need when you and your baby aren’t at home.