22 Essentials for Every Diaper Bag
By, Mariana Sava, Contributor
You have (or will have) a baby! Congratulations! Now let’s get down to business. What are you going to do about the diaper bag? A well-stocked diaper bag keeps away the white flag. You shall not be defeated by a dirty diaper or drooled on shirt with the list of essentials I put together. With the help of real mommies and daddies (and the internet) I made up a list of diaper bag necessities to make your lives easier. I hope this list helps and happy packing! Oh and if you think of something else I might have missed on this list, just make comment down below and let everybody else know.
A Diaper Bag
– Make sure it’s waterproof
– Choose a bag with multiple pockets to keep your items more organized
– You don’t necessarily have to buy a diaper bag, but a bag that will fit all the items, like a backpack. Check out our list of Chic and Practical Diaper Bags here: http://babyfriendlyamerica.com/2016/07/chic-diaper-bags/
Diapers – two diapers for each hour you are out
– The rule says one diaper per hour plus extra ones, well, might as well just make it two diapers per hour to be safe. You know what they say, better safe than sorry.
Change or two of clothes
– In case of drooling, spitting, blow outs, vomiting, or spills
– An extra set of pants and shirt should be fine, especially because of all the other items you will pack to prevent messes.
An extra pair of socks
– Keep those cute little toes warm in case it gets chilly over time.
Hat for sun or cold
– You can never be too careful.
Bibs – 1 or 2
– So you don’t have to change the baby’s clothes…again.
– Maybe not for the baby, but you might need this to cover in case you want to breastfeed the baby in public.
– The blanket doesn’t even have to be in the diaper bag, just store it somewhere in the car.
– Never leave the house without wet wipes. There is always something to wipe clean.
– In addition to cleaning bottoms, good wipes can clean clothing better than anything (good to keep in the office too)
– It’s also good to have a variety. If you don’t want wet tissues, then use some dry tissues.
– To kill those germs on your hands if a sink isnt nearby
– To change the baby’s diaper, of course.
Plastic bag or diaper disposable sack
…or any bag that could be used as trash for the poopy diapers.
– If your baby uses one.
– If there is a pacifier in question. To keep it clean you can buy a container from the store or just store it in a little plastic container like the ones for ketchup or other sauces.
– For milk, formula, water, or juice
– For those sunny days to avoid burns
– Your baby might fall asleep and give you the perfect chance to cut those cute little nails.
– To get rid of those annoying boogies.
– To keep him/her distracted and that wont drive you crazy.
– If the mommy wants to breastfeed the baby in public
– Or you can just use the blanket like I mentioned above
Baby food or snacks
– I may be 21 years old but my mother still carries snacks in her bag for me…and my sister, but mostly me.
– if your tot eats solid foods this is essential as no restaurants have these… we have asked
First aid kit – This is serious business people!
– Antibiotic cream/ diaper rash cream
– Any prescribed medications
A diaper bag should be packed in consideration to how long the trip is going to be. The longer the trip, the more items should be packed. In addition to our above list
Attention! Don’t forget your personal purse with your essentials. (i.e. phone, wallet, keys, water bottle)