When it comes to babies, every parent knows that they need a lot of stuff! Like, a lot! And most of the things they need, you need to have it with you all the time. When stepping out of the house with a newborn, you might feel you need to pack the entire house with you. But don’t worry. We have curated a list of the diaper bag essentials that will need with you when heading out with your baby.
What do you need?
A well-stocked diaper bag can surely save the day. But the question is, what do you really need to put in it? Depending on the age of your child, where you are going and for how long you will be gone, the contents of your bag may change. Apart from packing in natural baby products such as a diaper rash cream, you will need other essentials such as wipes and disposable bags. Let’s take a look.
Packing your diaper bag
The Diaper Bag Essentials
Let’s take a look at the basic essentials that every new mom or dad needs to have in the diaper bag.
This is the obvious one of the list. But how many diapers to carry with you is the ideal question. A good rule of thumb is to have one diaper for each hour you will be out. You will be roughly changing the baby’s diaper every two hours. So keep a good amount with you if going to be out for a long time.
Carry the whole pack! We all know how much the wipes come in handy. They are not just useful for wiping the baby’s tushies, but come handy for wiping sticky hands, dirty surfaces or changing pads, especially after using public restrooms.
Every person who has changed a baby’s diaper in public knows how important it is to carry a changing pad or long towel with you. Sometimes you might have to change the baby in a public washroom, and the tables there are not at all clean for placing your baby. And sometimes you might not even find a table and you would have to make use of the floor or the back seat of a car. A changing pad helps a lot in such cases!
Extra set of clothes
Always carry an extra set of outfits in your bag with you. You never know when sudden events of spit-ups, spills, drools or poop explosions might necessitate a change of clothing.
Washing and cleaning your hands before or after changing your baby’s diapers is a must. You may not always have access to water and soap, so keeping a sanitizer in your bag is a must.
Just like you need to clean your hands before changing your baby, you need to clean your baby’s hands frequently before they put in their mouth. When out in public, people tend to touch a baby’s hands a lot. So keep these sanitary wipes handy!
Diaper rash cream
It’s important to protect your baby’s delicate skin from diaper rashes and a natural diaper rash cream does just that. Apply a thin layer on your baby’s tushie after cleaning them and before putting on a new diaper to ensure their skin stays clean and free of irritation.
Using a talc-free baby powder in the diaper area while changing diapers can help absorb sweat and moisture and prevent skin chaffing and irritation.
Like the diapers are an obvious choice on the list, so are the disposable bags. Always carry a few as you will have to store the soiled diapers and clothes.
Calming down a crying baby is not an easy task. Just ask any parent. Pacifiers work great when you are out in public and your baby suddenly starts crying.
Nursing cover or Feeding bottle
Depending on whether you are breastfeeding or bottle-feeding, keep your nursing cover or bottle handy. You never know where and how long you might get stuck, and you might have to feed the baby. Store them along with extra bottle nipples to keep everything sanitary.
Regardless of whether your baby is a big spitter or not, keep a couple of burp clothes in your bag. So that whenever it happens, you are prepared in advance. Toss in as many as you think you will need, then add in a couple more.
So these are the essentials for the first few months of a baby’s life which every mom or dad must keep in handy when going out with the baby. If you are travelling with your baby then carry your baby’s bath essentials. Using a baby body wash and natural baby lotion will keep your baby’s fresh and soft while ensuring a tear-free bathing experience for your baby. Don’t forget to pack in baby face cream to deeply moisturize your baby’s skin and prevent dryness.
If you are not packing a separate bag for yourself, then pack your essentials too!
- Healthy snacks for Mommy
- Cell phone
- A bottle of water