So after doing a surprising amount of research, I’ve finally picked out a diaper bag. Unfortunately, it turns out I’m only half way home. The second stage of operation organised mommy is figuring out what I actually need to put in it.
If you’re trying to choose a new diaper bag, I recommend the following site that’s all about the best diaper bags. If you’re trying to figure out what to put in your new bag, I recommend the following slightly minimalist diaper bag packing list.
Diapers: Simple enough right? What isn’t so obvious is the how many diapers you should. With smaller diaper bags used for quick trips. two or three diapers should be just fine. With larger diaper bags used on longer trips, its better to be safe than sorry. Estimate how many diapers you’ll need for the day and then add 2 more.
Wipes: Keep a large number of wipes on hand because you’ll need them for both yourself and your baby. Its always helpful to keep them in a zip loc bag so you can see exactly how many you have left.
Cream: If your child gets diaper rash she will be cranky all day so make sure you have a full tube of on hand at all times.
Changing pad and blanket: There’s no arguing with a diaper that needs to be changed and there isn’t always a sanitary place to do it. This is where a changing pad becomes very important. You may be able to get by using a small blanket as a changing pad if your infant will be taking a nap during the day.
Seal able bags: Trash cans won’t always be nearby so seal able bags to stow the used diapers and wipes is an absolute necessity. Keep a number in excess of the number of diapers you carry just in case of unexpected surprises.
Pain Relievers: Your child will often be exposed to discomfort ranging from teething to common colds. Pain relief for theses inconveniences will be extremely important. Children’s acetaminophen or ibuprofen are excellent for these situations. Also, aspirin for mom and dad’s headaches is always a good thing.
Extra Clothes: Babies will frequently bee in need of clean clothes due to spills and accidents. In addition, moms who are nursing should also keep an extra shirt of their own.
Food and Entertainment: Even the shortest trips can require nutrition and distraction. Containers with solid food and baby bottles should always be available in your diaper bag. Books and toys are necessary to provide distraction during the day.
What do you keep in your diaper bag?