For parents of a newborn, one thing represents freedom more than any other: a well-stocked diaper bag. Of course if you’re like me, you’re not really going to get the hang of this whole thing for another a year and by then, they’re almost toddlers and could probably survive a night in the wild if they had their favorite toy and a sippy cup. Still, here is a diaper bag checklist that will help you have what you need whenever you leave the house.
It almost goes without saying, but you should always have at least five diapers in the diaper bag at any given time. I also used to store some spares in my glovebox, in case of emergency.
The “Butt Bag”
This is a bag-within-the-bag that has all of the diaper changing essentials: any sort of hiney cream you use, baby powder, and wet wipes. Wet wipes are the most useful item in the bag, but these wipes are exclusively for diaper-changing. A gallon-sized sealable kitchen bag should suffice for this. Also, this limits the amount of stuff you need to pull out during a change on-the-go.
The “Tummy Bag”
This is another bag-within-the-bag but the contents of this one focus on the other end of your child. Keep an assortment of snacks that your baby likes. Also, perhaps keep some formula powder in there (and bottle-liners if you use that sort of bottle) or extra baby food. This way if you are delayed, you’ll have what you need to get through a feeding you didn’t plan for.
Change of Clothes
This is a very important part of the diaper bag checklist. I was caught many times without a change of clothes for my young daughter and it just ruined my day (and hers, too). It’s also best to keep them in a plastic bag, which you can put the dirty clothes into without contaminating the rest of the bag. Also throw in an extra blanket during the colder months.
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Whether or not you break into the “Tummy Bag,” it’s still a good idea to keep some water or juice handy, especially for quick deployment in the case of public fussiness.
Spare Wet Wipes
These are for sticky hands, faces, and the million other things these miraculous inventions are good for.
It need not be a fashionable one. I used a disposable poncho in the case of sudden inclement weather, but a compact umbrella would also do the trick.
Of course, these are just the items that I figured out we needed just about the time my daughter grew out of needing a diaper bag. Still, with these items you can go out for any stretch of time and have everything your child could need.
What are some of the items you or your child can’t do without on the road?